Ask anyone about the best thing in Helsinki in summertime, and they’ll probably say: Sea. Islands. Archipelago.
Helsinki has a shoreline of around 100 kilometres and over 300 islands of which many are accessible for recreational use.
Pihlajasaari is a good example of those summer islands being one of the most popular summer oases for Helsinki residents. The island can be reached by a commuter boat from Kaivopuisto and Ruoholahti every hour. Pihlajasaari consists of two separate islands connected by a small bridge. On the eastern island there is a camping area and a unisex nudist beach. The nudist beach is actually bare cliffs and very little sand.
The western island offers large sandy beaches and a café-restaurant called (obviously) restaurant Pihlajasaari. The restaurant serves customers in a 130-year-old wooden villa, originally Villa Hällebo. Also remember that the restaurant serves food from the lunch hours till the evening. Its seaside terrace is a great place to enjoy drinks and admire the view.