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World's Top Waterfront Cities

Helsinki, Finland

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Helsinki

What PPS Says: In addition to its role as a regional transit center for ferries, tourist boats, and ocean liners, the waterfront serves as a popular gathering spot, with markets, parks, and an esplanade.

What We Like: Helsinki’s cobbled streets funnel downhill past buildings, design stores, restaurants, and cafés to Market Square at the harbor’s edge. Once you reach the waterfront, stroll the square’s open-air market (open spring through fall) or its covered market, and browse the stands for cloudberries and lingonberries, fresh fish and pickled herring, and just-baked rye bread. Whether gazing across the Gulf of Finland or watching the stylish Finns going about their business, you’ll be enchanted by how Helsinki works its waterfront.

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