Helsinki Journals

February in Helsinki

A February 2002 trip to Helsinki by mcbabe

Korkeasaari Photo, Helsinki, Finland More Photos
Quote: Helsinki in February was at its most aesthetic covered in a blanket of snow. Practically empty of tourists we saw more of the ‘real’ city than we could have thought possible. It is a city that fulfils the cliché ‘east meets west’ as Scandinavian and Russian influences compete.

February in Helsinki

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Overview

Korkeasaari Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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1) Admire the architecture and statues: from the modern wonders of the airport (no joke!) to the Senaatintori (Senate Square), through 19th century Pohjoisesplandi with it’s mermaid statue (Havis Amanda) Helsinki is undoubtedly a pretty city, despite the occasional concrete monstrosity. 2) At this time of year, frequent coffee or chocolate stops are necessary, and Helsinki certainly presents you with many opportunities, without a Starbucks in sight! 3) The museums: we especially liked the National museum and the Museum of Cultures. 4) Helsinki Zoo, and Korkeasaari as a whole. Quick Tips: Don’t rely too heavily on the (sparse!) publications about Helsinki you may be...Read More

Hotel Kamp

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Hotel

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This was one of the best hotels we've ever stayed in: luxurious, friendly, generally great. The comfort was really necessary as well, because of the cold. The room was light, bright and modern. The bathroom was gorgeous, marble, with heated floors and mirrors! The service was excellent, but not intrusive: the maids will clean your room in the day, and 'turn it down' in the evening, leaving you with chocolate on your pillows and flowers! The food was delicious, but expensive (we fell foul of the bistro buffet!) with few vegetarian options. Part of the joy of staying in the hotel is the building: lovingly restored it is grand and impressive. The hotel's location is central and i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Hotel Kamp
POHJOISESPLANADI 29
Helsinki, Finland 00100
358-9-576111

Zucchini

Restaurant | "Zucchini 'the vegetarian cafe'"

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This was a mixed experience for us: as vegetarians Helsinki was a restricting city foodwise, to say the least, so we leaped on the oppurtunity to visit the 'Vegetarian Cafe'. In the 'school dinners' style of cookery, my maincourse (a vegetarian moussaka) was tasty and cheap, but my boyfriend had the pea soup and was disappointed to find a green mush with a limp carrot floating in it!

This is clearly a favourite with the locals, and is probably worth a visit if you're passing and hungry and vegetarian.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Zucchini
Fabianinkatu 26
Helsinki, Finland 00150
+358 9 622 2907

Hietalahti flea market

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Attraction

Hietalahti flea market Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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Our visit to this market certaintly ranked as one of the strangest experiences of our visit. Expecting general second hand gear we walked from the city centre down Lonnrotinkatu, worth it in itself for the various second hand book stores and other oddities. The walking guide the tourist office gives out has the best map and highlights 'sights of historical interest' to liven up exploration of the city. When we got there we found two or three stalls sparsely arranged in the square overlooking the docks. Slightly disappointed, but putting our lack of sucess down to the time of day and (perhaps) year, we ventured over. The stalls certainly stocked the antique market/flea market pre-requisits of...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 4, 2002

Hietalahti flea market
Hietalahti Square
Helsinki, Finland