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5 New Places to Visit in Helsinki 2017

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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.

Riviera | Harjukatu 2, 00500 Helsinki

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.

Mumin Kaffe | Liisankatu 21| Mechelininkatu 3| Fabianinkatu 29 | Korkeavuorenkatu 19 | Stockmann department store 5th floor, Aleksanterinkatu 52

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.

Iittala & Arabia Design Centre | Hämeentie 135, 00560 Helsinki

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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Hidden Secret of Helsinki: Presidential Palace

Day Trip to Former Military Islands Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari

Visit to Small Recreational Island Lonna

6 Unique Summer Cafes

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Author: Ticket to Adventures

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18 thoughts on “5 New Places to Visit in Helsinki 2017

  1. Thanks for sharing. I love the architecture and design. Hope one day I have a chance to visit Helsinki 🙂

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  2. A very useful and detailed post. Love all your suggestions and your pictures. I did not know there is so much to do in Helsinki. thanks for sharing.

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  3. I am so taken by Scandinavian architecture and design. Clean, functional, bright, modern, and sleek… All things I wish I had where I live! This said, I would love to visit Helsinki someday, and when I do, I’m definitely going to go to Moomin Cafe. Because even though I don’t have kids, that is too cute for words!! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love that all these places just ooze Scandi design. Beautiful pics!!

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  5. Such a great guide! That Moomin cafe is adorable! 🙂 I really want to go there now!

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  6. Very timely as I have two trips to Helsinki lined up this year. I like the look of all of these suggestions although I’m not sure about the Moomin cafes, much as I love Moomins. The idea of large numbers of children puts me off. How child-filled are they do you think?

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    • For sure there will be children at the Moomin cafes as these coffee shops are particularly designed for kids with small play areas etc. However, when I visited, there was only one small child having a sandwich quietly with her father, so it was quite ok. Definitely worth a try!

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  7. Some new things for me to look forward to in the summer. Thank you for the suggestions.

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  8. Out of these I’ve already been to Kortteli many times and I aspire to go to the movie theater, it’s such a cool concept. I still have to test Hoku though!

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    • Yes Riviera is a very cool concept, so nice to have some tapas and enjoy red wine while watching a film, just like at home with a bunch of friends. A very pleasant experience compared to the mass theatres of Finnkino.

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  9. Great suggestions. We will look for some next month.

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