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About Helsinki

Helsinki's beauty hits you right between the eyes, not least because some of the world's greatest architects designed its buildings. It's a friendly, exciting place full of people whose wry attitude will make you laugh and whose nightlife will keep you dancing until the early hours.

Food and drink

Meals are usually served in three courses, often beginning with a warming, hearty soup in the winter. Pork, lamb and beef are common main course meats and many menus offer reindeer in some form. Baltic herring (silakka) is the favourite fish served with layers of potato cream or pickled as a snack. Sausages (makkara) are the snack food of choice, and you'll find them sizzling on grills in markets and street stalls.

Lingonberries and the earthy-sweet cloudberries ripen in the autumn, but you'll find them year round as jams, condiments and in deserts. Local alcoholic drinks include vodka, schnapps and liquers made from local berries, look out for Lakka made from cloudberries and Mesimarja, made from the highly-flavoured arctic brambleberries. If you prefer beer, a good local one is Lapin Kulta.

Shopping

The streets bordering the Espanadi and the Aleksanterinkatu form the centre of Helsinki's most fashionable shopping district. Just beyond lays the Design District where you can find designer shops selling a huge range of products.

Books inspired by Helsinki

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your Helsinki holiday

Cover image for The Almost Nearly Perfect People
The Almost Nearly Perfect People

Michael Booth

A well-written and humorous book giving an insight into Scandinavia, its people and the enviably simpler Nordic ways and culture. It covers five countries including Iceland and will have you wanting to move to one of them!

Helsinki Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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15th February 2021 by PommieTravels

Six fun things to do in Finland

Whether you want to explore Finland’s wild and beautiful natural landscapes or enjoy a night out on the town, you will not be short of exciting and fun things to do in the Nordic country. Here are six things you will not want to miss....

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12th February 2021 by Andy

Cheapest places to holiday in July

July welcomes one of the busiest holiday seasons of the year and for good reason! Scorching temperatures and summer school breaks make the Mediterranean’s beaches a frontrunner and cities explode with festivals, events and fun-filled vibes.Despite the peak season, if you travel towards the beginning of the month, you’ll still find great-value travel deals on flights, hotels and attractions. Plus, you’ll escape the school holiday rush. It’s also a great time to head north, with long...