Helsinki Travel Guide

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.

Built in 1969 and carved out of solid bedrock, the top of this modern
church (called Temppeliaukio in Finnish) hovers aboveground like a spaceship. It also does duty as a
choral and classical music venue and is known for its window-studded,

After strolling the park-lined Esplanade, claim one of the tables that spill out onto the sidewalk in the summer. Have a banana parfait with cardamom foam and chocolate sauce while the crowds of shoppers parade by.

The tiny, tucked-away bar at the top of the Sokos Hotel Torni affords the best views of the city. Ride up to the 13th floor, then take the little staircase from there to the rooftop.

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.