Helsinki

Helsinki Travel Guide

Learn why and how Finland became a design mecca through the more than 35,000 objects on display, including orange-handled Fiskars scissors, early Ilmari Tapiovaara chairs, and Heikki Orvola's stark-white ceramic tableware.

A minimalist white box, it contains many of Aalto's iconic, sculptural pieces.

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).