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Tip for a sunny day: The floating terrace!

12.6.2019 Text: Helsinki This Week Photos: Meripaviljonki
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Restaurant Meripaviljonki opened a floating terrace in May in Hakaniemi. It’s a perfect spot to spend a sunny summer day when a cooling sea breeze is needed.

Restaurant Meripaviljonki’s summer terrace is a welcome addition to the Hakaniemi area’s restaurants. The terrace is bathed in sunshine throughout the day, surrounded by glass railings and canopies. For cooler evenings the terrace also has gas heaters.

In addition to seaside views and refreshing drinks, you can indulge in some delicious dishes. Restaurant Meripaviljonki specialises in sea food. “The highlights of our summer menu include crayfish Smörrebröd, smoked Finnish trout and a selection of seafood. ‘Pohjolan bouillabaisse’, our Nordic version of the classic Mediterranean soup, is also a guaranteed treat for the taste buds,” says Joonas Keskinen, director of operations at Ravintolakolmio Group, which operates Meripaviljonki.

Unique design with a floating feeling

Building a floating public building is unique in Finland – both in terms of architecture and technology. The structure has been influenced by tried and tested innovative solutions from the shipbuilding industry. The principal designer is architect Simo Freese who also designed the mother restaurant Meripaviljonki.

Access to the terrace is from Säästöpankinranta via a six-metre-long bridge. You can also arrive by boat, as Meripaviljonki has six berths of its own. Customers will feel as if they are at sea on the floating terrace at Meripaviljonki, even though the terrace will definitely not float away.

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