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I travel to Helsinki at least 4 times a year. I love the city and each time I return I like to walk around revisiting my favourite places as well as discovering new ones.

My first stop is usually Fazer in Kluuvikatu for a coffee and one of their delicious rye sandwiches. (Click the word in bold type to see a post about the subject)

Fazer

Fazer

From there I walk through the park along Esplanadi to Market Square beside the harbour. The park is lovely in any season.

Esplanadi park

Esplanadi

Havis Amanda is always there to greet me at the harbour.

Havis Amanda

I was at the harbour one very cold winter morning to see the sunrise.

Helsinki sunrise

There is often a market offering lots of local delights. I have managed to be in Helsinki 3 times for the Baltic Herring Fair held in October. Boats back into the harbour and sell their products directly. It is great fun to talk to the fishermen about their catch.

Kauppahalli, the covered market, always beckons me inside. On a cold winter day it is the perfect place to warm up with salmon soup for lunch. If I am staying at an apartment with a kitchen I buy fresh salmon to cook at home…wonderful.

Kauppahalli

A short walk from the harbour is the imposing Russian church, Uspenski Cathedral. It was built between 1862 and 1868.

Uspenski cathedral

Uspenski cathedral

Behind the church is the beautiful district of Katajanokka. I absolutely love the architecture in this area. I can wander for hours, trying to remember to look up at the incredible roof decoration. The beautiful doors are also a source of delight. All of Helsinki is full of fabulous buildings, but in this area they are all amazing.

Walking back towards the city I visit Senate Square dominated by Tuomiokirkko, Helsinki Cathedral. This exquisite white building looks brilliant with a blue sky background….or covered with snow.

Tuomiokirkko

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Opposite the front of the church is the National Library of Finland. Even though I can’t borrow a book I like to wander through and look at the gorgeous reading rooms.

National Library of Finland

Back in the city I walk past the naked blacksmiths. Look for the bullet holes left from the war.

Naked blacksmiths

The railway station building was designed by Eleil Saarinen in 1904. It is one of the most beautiful in Europe. The stone men in front have been restored recently and carry their lights beautifully.

No visit to Helsinki would be complete without a walk around Tooloonlahti. I love the way Finns are out in any weather enjoying this beautiful place.

Toolonlahti

The shopping is excellent in Helsinki. They say if you can’t get at Stockmann it is not worth having.

Stockmann

Just in case I have missed something in Stockmann I drop in to Marimekko to see their beautiful clothes and homewares.

iittala has the most exquisite glassware and kitchen items. Something usually finds its way into my suitcase.

Dining in Helsinki is great. I have been to many Helsinki restaurants. For the setting, it is difficult to beat Kappeli, which has been around since 1867 in Esplanadi park.

Nokka serves delicious modern Finnish food.

Juuri is another favourite.

So far I have only dined at restaurants serving Finnish food. Helsinki restaurants also cater well for those looking for other cuisines. Look in the “Restaurant” category for posts on places I have visited.

I have been writing Beautiful Helsinki for 5 years. If you look back through the archives you will find quite a lot of information about this fabulous city.

I will be back in Helsinki next month…can’t wait.

 

 

 

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El Fant is a welcome addition to the food scene in Helsinki.

El Fant Helsinki

The decor is clean and bright and the food looks delicious.

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

I ordered the blueberry porridge and liked it so much I went back the next morning and had it again.

El Fant Helsinki

The carrot cake was also good and the coffee, from a local roastery, is  excellent.

El Fant Helsinki

I’m sure El Fant will do very well.

Find El Fant at number 3 Katariinankatu, not far from Senate Square and the harbour.

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Havis

Havis is a pretty nautical style restaurant beside the Helsinki harbour.

Havis

The interior is very elegant.

Havis

Havis Helsinki

I chose the Havis menu. You can have 3 or 4 courses. I decided on 3, leaving out the cheese course.

First came an amuse bouche. I can’t really tell what it was, but it was delicious.

Havis Helsinki

Mushroom soup followed and was also very good.

Havis Helsinki

I really like Arctic char, which was the reason I chose the menu. It was served with scallops, potatoes and fennel sauce.

Havis Helsinki

Dessert was sorbet with muesli and white chocolate served 3 ways…yum.

Havis Helsinki

Helsinki has many good restaurants to choose from…I would go back to Havis any day.

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On a recent visit to Helsinki I returned to Nokka for another delicious meal. They specialise in pure, fresh ingredients sourced from small Finnish producers.

Nokka Helsinki

This time there was an available table in the beautiful dining room.

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

They have an open kitchen.

Nokka Helsinki

…and a great cellar.

Nokka Helsinki

We had the lovely French waiter who served me last time and the food was every bit as good as I remembered.

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

I’m sure this won’t be my last visit to Nokka.

http://www.ravintolanokka.fi

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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.

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I have photographed the wonderful entrance to this restaurant several times, so I thought it was time to go inside to try their food.

Nokka restaurant

Nokka restaurant

The restaurant was fully booked but there was a place for me in the bar area. The friendly French waiter showed me to a seat right in front of the bar.

Nokka Restaurant

It is easy to see why Nokka is considered to be one of the top five restaurants in Helsinki.

Chef Ari Ruoho loves pure ingredients. His produce is carefully sourced from the best producers from Finland.

I love Finnish bread and Nokka’s was exceptionally good.

Nokka restaurant

An amuse bouche appeared and the morsel of duck liver pate was very delicious.

Nooka restaurant

My first course was a beetroot bread pudding with slivers of pickled beetroot. It was a very interesting and delicious take on one of my favourite vegetables.

Nokka restaurant

The reindeer was cooked to perfection for my second course.

Nokka restaurant

Nokka restaurant

Dessert was heavenly…blueberry pie with cardomom ice cream.

Nokka restaurant

I will definitely be back to Nokka and hopefully there will be room for me in one of the gorgeous rooms inside the restaurant.

All the staff members were friendly, efficient and helpful, especially these 2 lovely young men.

Nokka restaurant

www.ravintolanokka.fi

Nokka is beside the harbour below the Russian church.

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Aino is a traditional Finnish restaurant in Pohjoisesplanadi. I have eaten there several times and have always found the food to be delicious. The service is friendly and helpful.

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Their bread is baked on the premises and is very good.

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Salmon soup is a favourite of mine when I visit Helsinki.

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The salmon is also excellent.

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Pannacotta is another favourite.

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The location is excellent and the prices are reasonable. It is one of my regular places to eat when I am in Helsinki.

Ravintola Aino,

Pohjoisesplanadi 21

Phone +3589624327

www.ravintolaaino.fi

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