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Jolly hockey sticks

The skating rink beside the railway station is a great place for some lunch time hockey practice.

Ice hockey in Helsinki

Ice hockey in Helsinki

 

Ice hockey In Helsinki

…and what a dramatic backdrop.

Catching some sun

It was a beautiful winter day in Helsinki yesterday. I came upon some lovely ducks enjoying the winter sun on my walk around Toolonlahti.

Ducks at Toolonlahti

Ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks T Toolonlahti

I don’t suppose the warm weather will last too long…enjoy it while you can.

On Pohjoisesplanadi opposite Stockmann is a wonderful bookshop…Academic Bookshop.

Book shop Helsinki

I could spend hours there, in fact I have. There is an excellent range of Finnish language books, as you would expect, as well as lots of books in English and other languages.

It was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1962 and completed 1969.

Academic Bookshop Helsinki

Academic Bookshop Helsinki

Academic Bookshop Helsinki

While you are there take the time to have a coffee and snack at the delightful Alvar Alto cafe.

Academic Bookshop Helsinki

Academic Bookshop Helsinki

The Academic Bookshop is one of the largest in Europe, I’m sure you will find a suitable book or two there.

 

 

Aschan Cafe Jugend

Ashcan Cafe Jugend is set in a beautiful Art Nouveau building at Pohjoisesplanadi 19, beside the Information Centre.

 

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

The building was originally built in 2 phases between 1815 and 1827 for Russian born merchant Yegor Uschakoffin for residential and commercial use.

In 1904 it was renovated by architect Lars Sonck as a bank. This is made obvious when you see the carvings at the entrance.

Ashan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

 

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

 

The banking hall has 3 naves and vaulted ceilings. The rich ornamentation, decorative paintings and stone sculpture were designed by Walter Jung.

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

 

Aschan Cafe Helsinki

 

 

 

The beautiful painting in the domed section was done by Wilho Sjostrom in 1916.

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

The interior is so beautiful the food almost takes second place, but there is a good selection and it is reasonably priced.

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

There are outdoor tables in warm weather, but I can’t resist the lovely interior.

Marimekko has 7 factory outlets located in Finland. There is a very good one just outside the Helsinki city centre at Kirvesmiehenkatu 7.

Marimekko outlet Helsinki

Take the metro to Herttoniemen, leave the station, walk across the overbridge and down Linnanrakentjantie, turn left at Laivalahdenportti, cross the road just after the shopping centre to McDonalds, turn left then first right and you should see it.

Marimekko outlet Helsinki

The shop is very well set out and has an excellent range of stock…clothing, ceramics, fabrics, children’s wear and home wares.

Marimekko outlet Helsinki

There is also a section with new stock

Marimekko outlet Helsinki

 

If you get hungry while shopping there is a very good cafe.

Marimekko outlet Helsinki

Marimekko outlet Helsinki

I have found some excellent bargains at the outlet…well worth the visit.

As well as the excellent covered market beside the harbour in Helsinki, there is a very good one just across the road from the Hakaniemi metro station…Hakaniemi Market Hall.

Hakaniemi Market Helsinki

It has about 70 shops on 2 floors. The shops on the first floor sell foodstuffs and the second floor has souvenirs and handicrafts.

I didn’t get past the food. This is where Finns go to get really good fish and ecological vegetables. There are several cafeterias where it is possible to get  great lunch.

The market was designed by Karl Hard and opened in 1914.

I have enjoyed my visits to Helsinki this year. I have had sun, snow and rain, and it has all been beautiful.

Helsinki January

Helsinki January

Helsinki January

Helsinki February

Helsinki March

Helsinki March

Helsinki July

Helsinki September

Bad bad boy

Helsinki September

Helsinki September

Nokia restaurant November

Helsinki November

Helsinki  strong men

I look forward to many more visits to beautiful Helsinki in 2015.

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