The 4 Best Neighborhoods in Helsinki for Tourists
Most of Helsinki can be seen while walking or you can choose to use the city’s public transport network. To begin with, there are great neighbourhoods that have so much to offer to tourists from anywhere and every tourist will find something that suits them in Helsinki.
For starters, we have districts such as the City Centre which is small but it has all the city’s major museums and the best parks. It is a great place for shopping and it is also suitable for dining and nightlife. For tourists who like partying, a district such as Kamppi is the best option for them since it is filled with restaurants, cafes, and bars.
Another area that offers good food and a lively nightlife scene is Punavuori. This neighbourhood is known to be best at offering anything tourists are looking for including unique shop pieces.
For students, Kallio is one of their favourite neighbourhood and it has a lively atmosphere. This area is more of a residential one but there are also some shops and bars for food and drinks.
There are a number of small islands around the main neighbourhoods and they form the Helsinki archipelago. Some of these islands are inhabited and they have become neighbourhoods of Helsinki such as Katajanokka.
1. City Centre
The City Centre is small and you can explore it without much struggle. The main symbol of the city is the Helsinki Cathedral that every tourist must visit. You can take a boat and visit the maritime fortress of Suomenlinna or walk through the Esplanadi.
Apart from these, you will also find several museums that have collections of art and painting such as the Helsinki Museum. You will also find accommodation in various hotels but in most cases the hotels in this area will cost you a lot of money.
Kamppi is next to the City Centre and it has so many shops, churches, restaurants, museums, and bars. Kamppi is cultural and historical city that has so much to tell about Finland.
One of the most famous things about Kamppi is a church that is in the Rock. While in the neighbourhood some of the things you can do include visiting the Kamppi chapel, spending some time in the Natural Museum of Helsinki and checking out the Church in the Rock.
Kluuvi is more of a busy retail district that has some Finnish design shops and many department stores. Tourists can visit the Ateneum art Museum that displays art deco Stockman Classic Finnish paintings. There is also another museum known as the Kiasma and it displays artistic work that is in a postmodern setup.
Other things to be enjoyed in the neighbourhood include sushi bars, restaurants, and cafes. The Nightlife in Kluuvi ranges from posh clubs to bars with live performances.
Katajanokka is one of the islands in Helsinki and it is an area known for elegant artistic buildings, a red –brick Uspenski Cathedral and beautiful restaurants that offer seafood.
There are icebreakers that dock on the north shore and a 19th warehouse known as Wanha Satama that has various markets and exhibits. As tourists there is an Allas Sea Pool that has a lot of swimming activities that are appropriate for any age and any style.