Sightseeing - Helsinki guide for Hellocon visitors
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Single room 90€/night
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Address: Kasarmikatu 40, 00130 Helsinki
Moving around in Helsinki
If you are arriving via Helsinki-Vantaa airport the easiest way to travel to Helsinki central is by train. The new circular track was opened 2015 and the station is between Terminal 1 and 2. Take I or P train, tickets are 5,5 €. The trip takes about 30 minutes. The trains departs every 10 - 30 minutes depending on the time of day. The trains are not running in the middle of the night (about 1-4 pm). If you arrive or leave at night, check the schedule beforehand here. You can also take a bus.
If you arrive by bus, a one-way trip costs 5,5 €, the bus number 615 will take you to the Helsinki main railway station (the busses leave infront of the terminals). You can take the same bus when leaving Helsinki (Platform 12). The trip will take about 40 minutes and the busses leave every 10 - 50 minutes, depending on time of day.
Helsinki center is quite compact, so you can catch the main sights on foot. If you are traveling further or you are tired of walking a subway or a tram is a great and easy way to travel. You can buy tickets directly from the driver in busses or trams, but remember to get your ticket before entering the subway platform. Helsinki has a lot of ticket inspectors and the fine for traveling without a ticket is 80 euros.
The prices of the tickets vary, but the cheapest way is to buy them from a ticket machine. Single ticket is valid for 1 hour, so you can use the same ticket in a different vehicle too. If you are doing a lot of sightseeing, 1-4 day pass might be a cheaper option. The pass can be also used in Suomenlinna ferry and night busses.
Ticket prices for adults inside Helsinki:
From a ticket machine: 2,70 €
From a bus, train or tram: 3,20 €
With mobile phone 2,60 € (directions can be found on most stops)
Night ticket between 2:00 - 4:30 am: 5,00 €
Tram ticket from a ticket machine: 2,50 €
Two-hour ticket 4,30 €
12 h Suomenlinna ferry ticket: 5,00 €
1 day: 8,00 €
2 days: 12,00 €
3 days: 16,00 €
The currency of Finland is euro (€). If you need to change money, you can do it at the airport (which is not recommended because it's quite expensive) or at the main railway station. Probably the cheapest way is to change the money in your bank before coming to Finland or drawing it out from a cash machine. If you are in need of cash, look for the nearest Otto machine. You can recognize them from the distict orange color.
Admiring Architecture in Helsinki: A walking tour
When you follow this walking tour, you will experience the most beautiful and historically important buildings and city-spaces in Helsinki.
Hakaniemi Market Hall is a lovely old fashioned market hall full of small stalls that sell everything from tasty food and sweets to handicraft and design products. Highly recommended to visit for the experience! It also offers traditional Finnish delicacies. You can find a map here.
Linnanmäki is an amusement park in Helsinki. It's old merry-go-round (made 1896!) and traditional wooden rollercoaster are definitely suitable for lolita visits! Entrance is free and you can buy individual tickets for the rides.
Suomenlinna is an old fort in front of Helsinki's harbor. It's historical and cultural value are significant. Suomenlinna is part of Unesco world heritage list. The scenery is amazing but you will need a pair of comfortable shoes! Take a ferry from Kauppatori.
Rock Church (Temppeliaukion kirkko) is one of the most famous attractions in Helsinki. The church has been excavated directly into solid rock and has a very special architecture.
St. John's Church (Johanneksenkirkko) represents neogothic style and is the largest stone church in Finland.
Kamppi Chapel is located in one of the busiest places in the city centre. It was built to be a place for silence and has been specially designed to block all noises outside.
Museum experiences - Where to find the most interesting museums in Helsinki
Ateneum Art Museum has the largest collection of art in Finland.
Shopping guide across Helsinki city centre
Kamppi shopping centre has a large selection of almost anything: clothing stores, shoe shops, coffeehouses, restaurants, markets and department stores. You can find Iittala and Marimekko stores here. Kamppi is located in the city centre.
Kluuvi shopping centre carries more design stores and showrooms. Also our teasponsor Chaya teastore is located here! Kluuvi is located in the city centre.
Stockmann is an old department store that sells designer products. Quite expensive but has a very nice selection of cosmetic products, sweets and Finnish design items. Starbucks is located right next to Stockmann main building.
Best places to eat in Helsinki
Silvoplee is a vegetarian restaurant located in Hakaniemi offers a good selection of vegetarian options.
Friends & Brgrs is really popular burger restaurant. Located right in the city center.
If you wish to eat traditional Finnish food you can find restaurants and information of them from this list.
Places to relax - popular cafés and lolita aesthetic teahouses
The Ounce is a teahouse full of nostalgia from the decades gone. Here you can choose your tea from many different high-quality options and buy it with you or enjoy it in the traditional English fashioned teahouse atmosphere.
Karl Fazer Café is possibly the most popular coffeehouse in Helsinki. Also most of the lolita meetups take place in here! You can experience tasty food, drinks and desserts as well as good service and atmosphere.
Salutorget is a really stylish and old-fashioned dining room and offers nice afternoon tea.
Kappeli is a beautiful cafe/restaurant/bar located in Esplanadi. It's a must-visit place for lolitas who like to have a coffee break in extremely aesthetic and historical atmosphere.
Café Ekberg is really famous coffeehouse located in a very high-class area. The coffeehouse has a famous historical privileged position in Helsinki.
Kakkugalleria is a cake shop where you can experience a delicious cake buffet and eat cake 'till you drop! They have several shops in Helsinki.
Kaffecentralen is specialized in different coffees and has the best take-away coffees in Helsinki!
Cafe Kuppi & Muffini is a coffeehouse and a bakery. They also serve breakfast porridge and lunch soups. The bakery products are fresh and hand-made in the shop!
Popular bars and nightclubs - From fancy cocktail bars to student-friendly party places
Ateljèe Bar is located in Torni hotel in the heart of the city. The bar is at the top of the hotel and offers a magnificent view over Helsinki.
Le Havre & Bar Socis are located in Hotelli Seurahuone. The restaurant and bar offer an extremely glamourous and elegant atmosphere.
Thirsty Scholar is a bar that mostly university students prefer. It offers nice selection in basic drinks and has calm and relaxing atmosphere.
Navy Jerry's is a student-friendly bar. It has a cozy atmosphere and great selection of music!
Bar Bäkkäri is a student-friendly rock bar. The bar has a lot of live performances and it caters for wilder growd! You can find a very popular night club upstairs.
Los Cojones is a Spanish-style bar with kitsch atmosphere. They have great drinks and amazing dj’s.
DTM is super popular gay nightclub that has trendy music and superb drinks.
Hercules is a popular Scandinavian gay nightclub that offers more alternative music as well.
Guide put together by Hanna Kivelä