Hidden Gems for Helsinki
Find great things to do in Helsinki
Finland’s largest city is a vibrant urban metropolis and consistently ranks among the world’s best places to live. In Helsinki you can explore stunning architecture, many museums, music halls, and theatres, and the city is renowned for its various art and cultural festivals. In our travel guide you will find great things to do in Helsinki.
1. Hidden Gem Helsinki: Kamppi Chapel
Also known as the Chapel of Silence, this weird-looking round structure is hard to recognize as a chapel. It is located in the middle of a busy street and was built as a place for meditation and relaxation. It has a modest interior, with the natural warmth of the smooth wooden walls left clean and unadorned. The chapel is an outstanding example of the Finnish talent for innovative design. Admission is free, so just go inside and enjoy the silence.
Kamppi Kapelle / © Instagram: j_ho_mh
2. Hidden Gem Helsinki: Levain Café
This versatile bakery plus restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in the lively Punavuori neighbourhood. The freshly baked bread alone is worth a visit – you’ll smell it the moment you enter. Try the seasonal sourdough or rye levain. Or why not just pop in for an afternoon snack and a glass of wine.
Levain Café / © Instagram: ilonapalmu
3. Hidden Gem Helsinki: Vanha Kauppahalli
Vanha Kauppahalli is located next to Kauppatori, Market Square, which is the most popular outdoor market in Helsinki. Vanha Kauppahalli is located in a beautiful historic building. Visitors to the city will easily find a great selection of fresh local ingredients to cook with. Need a break from walking around and exploring? Then stop by for a coffee and cinnamon roll. The market is open every day.
Vanha Kauppahalli / © Instagram: melaniesbilderzimer
4. Hidden Gem Helsinki: Ravintola Loiste Rooftop
This rooftop restaurant on the 10th floor of the hotel Vaakuna is located in the very centre of Helsinki. You can enter either via the hotel lobby or via a separate entrance. The retro rooftop bar Loiste has an authentic 1950s feel. The terrace offers unforgettable panoramic views of Helsinki Central Station as well as the Parliament House. A must on an summer evening. Please note that the rooftop terrace itself is only open during the summer months.
Ravintola Loiste Rooftop / © Instagram: omarelmrabt