Walk Like a Helsinkian
You could easily spend a few hours going through these five centrally located suggestions. They are at a walkable distance as long as you do not mind a little bit of cold on the way. Alternatively a tram will take you there.
The Uunisaari islands, just off the coast of Kaivopuisto park, offer one of the best locations to see the sun and the frozen Baltic Sea in winter time as no buildings obstruct the views. Locals come here for a jog and to walk their dogs. There is a bridge connecting the islands to the park. The main island hosts a restaurant and a sauna.
Take tram number 2 or 3 towards Kaivopuisto and leave at a stop called Neitsytpolku and continue walking towards the Kaivopuisto-park and the sea. www.uunisaari.fi
Icebreakers at Katajanokka island
When the Baltic Sea freezes over in winter time boat traffic to destinations such as Tallinn, Stockholm and St.Petersburg still needs to continue. When the icebreakers are not in use they are parked near the Finnish Foreign Ministry on the northern side of Katajanokka island.
Take tram number 4 towrds Katajanokka to a stop called Puolipäivänkatu and walk north towards the sea for 300m
Korvapuusti – Cinnamon Bun
The delicious, warm and fresh Finnish korvapuusti (cinnamon bun/roll) is available at most cafes and the size varies from small to large. The exceptionally large kind depicted here is available at Café Esplanad and goes very well with coffee or a glass of milk. The main ingredients of the bun are flour, butter, sugar, milk, cinnamon and cardamom.
Pohjoisesplanadi 37, www.esplanad.fi
Memorial statues of former Finnish Presidents
You can find all the memorials for former Finnish Presidents along Mannerheimintie. The most known and visible one of them is Mannerheim himself who rides his horse outside the modern art museum Kiasma. Some of the newer statues are more abstract (such as the memorial pond of Urho Kekkonen). The one depicted here is of the 4th President of Finland Kyösti Kallio made by his sculptor son Kalervo Kallio and revealed in 1962 located close to the Parliament.
Address for Kyösti Kallio’s statue: Mannerheimintie 30. For finding sculptures in Helsinki: www.taidemuseo.fi/english/veisto/index.html
Views from Hotel Torni Atejée Bar
The historical Hotel Torni (Hotel Tower) was the tallest building of Finland at 70 metres when it opened in 1931. Enjoy the views of downtown Helsinki from the tower while having a hot or a cold drink. Even the views from the bathrooms are excellent.
Yrjönkatu 26, www.raflaamo.fi/en/helsinki/ateljee-bar