I must say that I am extremely happy to live in such a vibrant and evolving city as what Helsinki is today. Recently lots of new interesting places and revamped oldies but goldies have appeared on the map in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. I can proudly introduce the following 5 novelties that I find very captivating as they bring a revitalising vibe to the cultural and restaurant scene of Helsinki.
1. Dock yard Konepajahalli R24
This revamped former dock yard Konepajahalli R24 in Telakkaranta in the district of Punavuori by the sea at the southwestern edge of the city, is becoming a bohemian cultural hub. Designed by Sune Maconi, the over 100 years old red brick building with rough looks and a massive atmospheric hall is today home to creative agencies, offices and studios. The building also accommodates PHO Cafe, Coconut Street food truck (Asian fusion kitchen), Hakola Shop & Showroom (furniture), Vimma store (design clothing), and Roomage (vintage furniture & antiques) among others. Original machinery has been preserved in the premises creating a coarse industrial ambiance. More about my urban adventures in Konepajahalli R24 here.
Konepajahalli R24 | Telakkakatu 6, 00150 Helsinki
2. Riviera Cinema & Bar
Opened late last year, this quaint place with red velvet atmosphere combining a cinema and a bar in the district of Sörnäinen, provides a cosy and romantic setting for a movie with pre, during and post movie drinks. At Riviera you can sit back and relax in comfy sofas and enjoy wine and tapas while watching a film. Great place for a date or an easy night out.
3. Moomin Cafe
Five Moomin Cafes called Mumin Kaffe were recently opened in Helsinki city centre. Mumin Kaffe combines the beloved Moomin brand with Scandinavian design making children a priority. These Moomin cafes are designed for children and their needs providing an active and playful ambiance.
4. Iittala & Arabia Design Centre and Museum
Just a couple of months back Iittala and Arabia joined their forces to open a new Iittala & Arabia Design Centre in the former Arabia factory in the district of Arabia in Helsinki, bringing bestsellers, classics and limited edition pieces by both brands under one roof. The new Design Museum on the 9th floor of the building displays history of Finnish ceramic art and glass design. You can read full post on my visit to Iittala & Arabia Design Centre here.
5. Restaurant complex Kampin Kortteli
At this new restaurant complex, Kortteli (“The Block”), on the 5th floor of Kamppi shopping centre in the heart of Helsinki you can enjoy appetising treats while taking in fantastic views over the bustling city. Kortteli comprises 10 restaurants: Bar Cón, Story, La Torrefazione, Sandro, Hoku, Bastardo, Jord, Date+Kale, Beijing8 and Fisken på disken. Amenities also include a beauty salon and a hair salon.
Kampin Kortteli | Kamppi Shopping Centre 5th floor, Urho Kekkosen katu 1, 00100 HelsinkiYou might also like to read about other attractive new places of Helsinki that I discovered in summer 2016 and also a few years back in 2015.
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