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A Day of Wellbeing in Helsinki

22.1.2018 Text: Helsinki This Week Photos: Header: Eetu Ahanen / Helsinki Marketing
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Wellbeing in Helsinki means first and foremost closeness and connection with nature, also in the wintertime.

Ice walking, ice swimming, skiing and skating are good examples of winter activities which increase your vitality and wellbeing. Wintery wellbeing means also indoors activities, pampering yourself at a spa or stretching your body at a yoga class. Below you’ll find our recommendations for one whole day of wellbeing in Helsinki. Check them out!

Start your morning by swimming outside

The freshest way to start you day is to go swimming at an outdoor sea pool Allas, next to Market Square. At Allas you can swim outside in heated fresh water or wake up your senses with dipping into a cold sea water pool. And last but not least: a relaxing sauna afterwards. You can rent towels and swimming suits, swimming trunks, slippers and bathrobes at Allas shop. This is how it looks like in the morning at Allas. Not bad, eh?

Allas Sea Pool, Katajanokanlaituri 2A, www.allasseapool.com
Tickets 12€ /6€. Please note that children’s pool is closed during wintertime.

Allas Sea Pool
Photo: Julia Kivelä / Visit Finland

Breakfast by the pool

After swimming and sauna you’ll probably be hungry like a wolf. Don’t worry, help is at hand! Allas Café next to the swimming pool offers healthy breakfast including smoothies and raw porridges. Also a fresh cup of coffee is recommended. After a refreshing breakfast you’re ready to face the day.

Allas Café, https://www.allasseapool.fi/en/eat-and-drink

Shop for wellbeing

It’s time to update your beauty products and switch to natural cosmetics. You’ll find one the cutest natural cosmetics shop, Jolie Shop, in Punavuori district. There you’ll find e.g. Finnish natural cosmetics lines such as Mia Höytö Cosmetics and Supermood.

Jolie Shop, Uudenmaankatu 26

Jolie Shop
Photo: Jolie

Zucchini and other veggies

One of Helsinki’s hidden gems is a vegetarian restaurant Zucchini near Old Market Hall. This small and cosy restaurant serves hearty, homemade vegetarian food. Service is friendly and prices are affordable (around 10€). Lunch is served every day 11-16.

Zucchini, Fabianinkatu 4.

Vegetarian restaurants in Helsinki
Photo: Juho Kuva / Visit Finland

Get some sea breeze

Now you can reach beautiful island Isosaari also in wintertime! Every weekend from 20.1. onwards you can hop onboard a small icebreaker boat that will take you to the island. Boats leave from the Market Square docks at 10 and return at 15. The boat trip takes about an hour. Restaurant Upseerikerho serves hot and cold drinks plus sweet and salty pastries. You can also reserve a lunch menu in advance. Take a stroll around the island and then enjoy a cup of cocoa in front of the fireplace.

Isosaari, www.visitisosaari.fi (only in Finnish).
Return tickets 25€/12,50€.

Dinner? Yes, yes, yes!

One of the newest restaurants in Helsinki is vegetarian restaurant Yes, yes, yes. This bustling bar & restaurant serves delicious veggie food that makes you feel good. If you feeling a little bit down, try their comfort plates such as whole roasted sweet potato, black tahini, peanut and fennel aioli. For smaller appetite we recommend their munchies, especially cauliflower tempura with sweet pepper sauce.

Yes, yes, yes, Iso Roobertinkatu 1, www.yesyesyes.fi

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