HDL Global Things to do in Helsinki

We have about 200 people joining us for HDL 2013 next Monday and a good portion of them are coming from outside Finland. In case you're not familiar with the city, here are some suggestions for things to do when you're not at the event.


nb. Restaurants in Helsinki can have idiosyncratic hours and often book up quickly. It's best to check online before you visit, or even give them a ring.

Atelje Finne
14 Arkadiankatu
Modern Finnish cuisine in what used to be a sculptor's studio.

Kolme Kruunua
Liisankatu 5
A little slice of Finland circa 1950. Try the meatballs or the salmon soup.

Dong Bei Hu
Korkeavuorenkatu 47
It sounds odd to have Chinese food in Finland, but this is some of the best to be found outside of the Middle Kingdom.

Glass of wine

Korkeavuorenkatu 25
Occupying a quiet corner in one of Helsinki's leafier neighborhoods.

Open late

Kalevankatu 6
Pizza and drinks with grad students and cool kids.

Coffee or a small breakfast

SIS Deli
Kalevankatu 4
Coffee, tea, and snacks in a crisp space.

Fratello Torrefazione
Yliopistonkatu 6 (inside the Kluuvi mall)
Good coffee & good people-watching on a busy downtown street.

Good Life
Kolmas Linja 17
Part of Finland's new wave of coffeeshops.

See a bit of Helsinki

Hakaniemenranta 17
Relax in Helsinki's newest (and best) wood-fired public sauna. Like none other.

Kaivokatu 2
Go for the paintings by Finnish masters Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Hugo Simberg.

Pohjoisesplanadi 39
Have a walk around this island fort just off the cost. Public transport takes you there and back from Kauppatori, the market square.

Bring home something nice

Design Forum
Erottajankatu 7
Selling a wide variety of products by local designers.

Eteläesplanadi 18
More than sofas, but those are nice too.

Pohjoisesplanadi 25
Glassware and other things for the home since 1881.