10 of the best brunch spots in Kallio

Helsinki’s Kallio district is one of the trendiest areas of Finland’s capital, with a bunch of ridiculously cool cafes, bars and vintage stores. Here’s 10 brunch spots you’ll want to try for yourself.

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Helsinki’s best second-hand and eco-friendly stores

Not too long ago I loved to buy new and expensive household items which would sting my wallet and eventually end up in landfill. These days I have a much more minimalist approach to possessions and when I do buy things I love the challenge of finding pre-loved items in thrift stores, second-hand markets and…

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Porvoo Christmas markets: the perfect daytrip from Helsinki

Picturesque and steeped in history, Porvoo is the perfect day trip from Helsinki. During Christmas markets are held in the cobbled snow-dusted streets.

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The best places for book lovers in Helsinki

Finland lays claim to the highest literacy rates world-wide. So it’s not surprising that Helsinki is a paradise for book lovers. Here’s 7 of my favourite places to visit when I want to get lost amidst pages of adventure.

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5 unique off-the-beaten-track cafes in Helsinki

If you saw my post yesterday about quitting coffee, you’ll know that Finland holds the bragging rights to the nation that drinks the most coffee! So it’s not surprising that in Finland’s capital you’ll find a huge range of cafes, which (luckily for me) also offer many other delicious drinks and snacks aside from coffee. If…

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The best hot chocolate spots in downtown Helsinki

November in ancient Finnish literally translates to ‘death month’. And it’s really not hard to see why. The beautiful autumn leaves have disappeared, it becomes darker, wetter and colder by the day, and you start to forget what the sun looks like. To ward of the inevitable gloomy feelings of this time of year, I…

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Five reasons to visit Finland

By far the most common question I get asked when I meet people these days is “why Finland?”  For me, Finland represented something completely foreign and unknown, at the extreme opposite end of the world from my home town. So beside the unique medical research opportunities available in Helsinki, the challenge of stepping outside my comfort…

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Three very different European Christmas Market experiences 🎄

Maybe it’s because I grew up in a land of summer Christmases spent at the beach, with endless seafood and fresh cherries, or maybe it’s because I watched too many romanticized American movies as a kid. But for as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of a snowy, white winter Christmas…

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Autumn Photo Diary🍂

Hailing from a county where the landscape is predominantly comprised of ever-green Eucalypts, I never really appreciated autumn until I moved to the northern hemisphere. At home in Tasmania, the changing seasons from summer through winter meant a drop in temperature of around 20°C and in some places, autumn leaves and snow in winter. But…

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Why I’m obsessed with Tiny Houses

The concept of “simple living” means a range of things to different people. To me, it encompasses removing excessive and uninspiring ‘stuff’, people, habits, work and attitudes from my life, so that I have energy, time and income to focus on what’s really important and inspiring to me. While this is an ever-evolving, ongoing process in…

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