Helsinki

Helsinki Travel Guide

Jackie O. sported the company's togs in the 1960's, and their graphic, oversize patterns—which adorn everything from sundresses to slick plywood trays—have since become classics.

A showcase for the playful, feminine dresses from local designer Ulla-Maija Ourila. Done in fabrics ranging from gold silk to ribbed cream cotton, her creations are elegantly simple.

Dance the night away on the black-marble floor at this upscale club in the penthouse of the famous Kamppi Center. The enormous space, complete with five bars, spacious outdoor balcony lounges, and a VIP room, is the playground of well-to-do young Helsinkiers.

The store's name is Finnish for "old and beautiful," sells vintage tumblers by Aino Aalto (artist Alvar Aalto's first wife).

This funky, closet-size shop in the heart of the Design District carries kid-friendly Russian babushka dolls and vintage Steiff bears.

No trip to Finland is complete without a visit to a public sauna. Sweat it out in this hidden gem near the city center, which has a blue-tiled Art Deco indoor pool (there are separate bathing times for men and women).

The boho neighborhood of Kallio is packed with artsy bars, many of which operate as cafés by day. This one stands out for its vintage-modern chocolate-brown and orange furnishings, coordinating wallpaper, and floor-to-ceiling front windows; come for a quiet drink at night.

Five minutes from downtown on the 6 tram, this spacious shop in the Hietalahdentori neighborhood is chock-full of used Midcentury Modern sofas, chairs, and housewares by Finnish design stars.

Forage for cloudberries, lingonberries, pickled herring, and smoked salmon sandwiches among the stalls at Helsinki's harborside outdoor food market, open early morning to early evening.

Gravestones dot parks all over the city, and Finns find nothing morbid about strolling through its cemeteries, most of which were designed to double as picturesque spots for afternoon walks.