10+ things to do and see in Helsinki as an unconventional tourist – Have fun in the world’s happiest and safest city!

Fun facts about Finland

  • Saunas – Some Finns may even have two of them: a private and a shared one
  • Top for Minimum Wage and Average Salary
  • First European Country giving Women vote Right
  • The Finnish Language has the longest words you can imagine
  • Finns are the world’s biggest coffee drinkers
  • Finns don’t fill silences
Helsinki
  • Santa comes from the door in Finland, and the kids can meet him
  • At the world’s top for second-hand-shops number in proportion with the population, and at the same time, one of the wealthiest country on the planet
  • Tattoos, Piercings, & Skateboards are quite common
  • The highest proportion of Metal bands in the world music 
  • Unique Finnish Sports: Wife-carrying, Swamp football, Beer-floating, Mosquito-squashing, Milking-stool throwing, Rubber boot throwing, Ant-nest sitting, Hobbyhorsing
  • Linux (the OS) was invented by a Finn called Linus (Torvalds) who said about it: “just a hobby, [it] won’t be big and professional
  • One of the SMS technology pioneers was the Finnish Matti Makkonen, who said: “I did not consider SMS a personal achievement”

WHAT IS IN THIS GUIDE

Töölö bay – Helsinki
  • Transportation, bikes and public transportation
  • Sauna’s , the two best ones
  • Buffet Food, (all you can eat) for a budget
  • Attractions, iconic, representative, and unmissable
  • Souvenirs, ecological and affordable
  • Going out, the coolest & most authentic places

Want to have a guided bike tour?

Here the Helsinki Airbnb Bike tour!

TRANSPORTATION

Baana dedicated cyclists and sport lane

PUBLIC BICYCLES 

5 euro day 
10 euro week 
30 euro month 
https://kaupunkipyorat.hsl.fi/en

Busses in Kamppi area

PUBLIC TRANSPORT 

The best way to buy tickets is with the app.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.hsl.SAUNA’s

Helsinki Central Railway station

SAUNA’s

– Sompasauna(.fi)
Donation & collaboration-based sauna community. Which can be almost defined as a commune too

– Löyly
Stylish seaside sauna with a modern, glass-walled restaurant & spacious deck.

FOOD – BUDGET ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT

Svarte Rudolf in Turku

In Helsinki, restaurants may be expensive, but if you eat before 15:00 (on weekdays), you may get great prices with ¨buffet¨ options (all you can eat).

My favorite buffets (<15 euros) are:

1) Caverna (Vegetarian options, Finnish and international food)

2) Itsudemo (Sushi – Vegetarian options)

3) Loving Hut (Vegan Asian) 

4) Onda Cafe (Mediterranean, vegan options)

5)Konstan Möljä (traditional Finnish cusine) 

* Double check the openings hours

** Wondering why I have listed sushi? Well, Finnish people love sushi! 

*** Buffet, or all-you-can-eat, does not mean that one should abuse the place, overeat, or waste food. Always be considerate.

INTERESTING PLACES

View on Helsinki´s Opera from Cafe Sininen

The Worker Housing Museum (free of charge guided tour in Finnish houses of 1900) 

Linnanmäki (Amusement park)

Keskuspuisto (Central Park)

Seurasaari (Open-air museum)

Sibelius Monument (the most representative musician)

Regatta Café (iconic cottage-café)

Cafe sininen (Panoramic café-terrace) 

Hietaniemi area (historical cemeteries, parks, and a cool beach)

Lapinlahden Lähde (an exciting art gallery in a psychiatric house in a charming green area)

Eira Beach (classy residential area)

Parliament (free visit by simply entering on the building’s right side, B entrance)

Central library (rated as one of the most beautiful and high-tech libraries in the world)

Kampin kappeli (mini invisible chapel)

Suomenlinna (fortress island, you can simply take the regular ferry to there, it costs like a standard ticket for transportation)

Kumpula Botanical Gardens (eclectic, historic, and absolutely charming botanical gardens)

GOING OUT IN THE EVENING/NIGHT

Töölö view from the Central Station – Helsinki

KALLIO (Hipster young Finnish area)

– Café Siltanen (alternative cafe)

– Café Mascot (karaoke and chill out)

many cafes can be found in the Helsinginkatu (near Sörnäinen metro).

CENTER, NEAR TRAIN STATION

– Tavastia (Heavy metal)

– Bar loose (rock)

– On the rocks (rock bar)

– Cafe Oluthuone Kaisla (mix)

– Molly Malone’s (Irish pub)

Yes! A lot of rock!

SOUVENIRS

Helsinki City Center

Second-hand shop (with authentic Finnish articles: iittala, Arabia, Marimekko)

MadeBy Helsinki (Handmade souvenirs)

Hakaniemi Market Hall (local market)

Eurokauppa (inexpensive shop)

You will find many reviews on google maps that can help you decide. 

Seurasaari – Helsinki

Enjoy your time in Finland and leave me a comment with your thoughts about this guide!

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