Months really went by fast! Especially if you are enjoying something! My semester in Helsinki is over now, so I think it's best to give tips on the 10 things must do or see in Helsinki!
Finns love sauna. Literally, every apartment buildings equipped with sauna facility! So, if you ever go to Finland, don't forget to hit some sauna places! Oh, it is especially unique experience if you come in the winter and swim in really cold lake and then have some sauna or the other way around. (image does not belong to me)
2. Central Railway Station / Rautatientori
What kind of person who would travel to a city without seeing the very centre of it? So, go here first after you arrived and experience the very busy and highly diverse-looking part of Helsinki! You can also get yourself travel card to go around the rest of Helsinki with public transportation of your choice (Train, Bus & Tram). Veeery convenient!
3. Cafe Regatta
Do you know that Finland is ranked the 1st in the world for coffee consumption with total 12 Kg/Capita? So, to enjoy a cup or two in one of the coffee shops would only be right! I can safely say that Cafe Regatta is among the best coffee shop! Especially in bright summer day, with smell of cinnamon and baked goods... Other cafes that I can recommend is Johan & Nyström, and Fazer cafe.
I love Aleksanterinkatu... because it is such a pretty street and giving me this real-europe vibe! If you crave fancy-schmanchy shopping spree, this is the place! All famous brands are along the street of Aleksanterinkatu
5. Market Square & Helsinki Cathedral
Still located around the center, market square & Helsinki cathedral are mustvisit placesfor people who wants to truly experience Helsinki, because you haven't truly visited a place until you have picture in front of the famous landmark building, right? :)
6. Hakaniemi market
this is the place you can buy some local fish, reindeer meat as well as finns traditional dishes! Also on different floor you can find some fabrics with famous finnish design
7. Esplanade park
There are not really any nice parks in Jakarta, so I am way too excited when I see how beautiful Esplanade park is!
If you consider yourself party-goers or like going to the bar or whatever (which I dont) Kallio district is the place... it is especially so vibrant in the weekend
9. ART Museums
I loveeee going to contemporary art museums just for the sake of seeing the unthinkable concept called art! Being an European city known for its design; then spending 4 hours in ART museums is very justifiable!
10. Design District!
Known as Hipster district (although, you do know you won't be hipster if you visit this district right?). I consider this Instagram-worthy visit! Also, there are about hundrends of shops that are just simply not anywhere else in the world!
Of course there are tons of other things/places to see (such as: somenlinna - UNESCO's world heritage), but I only focus on things at the very center of the city for now!
Until next time!
“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you've never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”
― Judith Thurman