Helsinki Market Halls

Indoor market halls are an institution in Helsinki. Not only can you buy delicious fresh produce but there are plenty of cafes with a mouthwatering selection of sweet and savoury snacks and hot meals.

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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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Finnish Island life: a few days spent on Vänö

In the Turku Archipelago, a group of over 20,000 islands scattered off the south-west corner of Finland, you’ll find Vänö, a tiny island where life slows down and nature is paramount. Reached by a one hour ferry from the harbour town of Kasnäs, the island is the perfect escape to the simple pleasures of life.   The…

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A weekend in Turku

Founded in the 13th century, Turku is the oldest city in Finland and in 1640 was home to Finland’s first university, The Royal Academy of Turku (now the University of Helsinki). While the large student population lends a youthful vibe to the city, most students are on summer holidays in the warmer months when the…

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Exploring Vantaa River

In Southern Finland, the beautiful Vantaa River meanders for 101 km from lake Erkylänjärvi in Hausjärvi to the Gulf of Finland at Vanhankaupunginselkä in Helsinki. My favourite thing about the river is the picturesque track that runs along both banks, perfect for cycling, running or walking. Along the way there are numerous places to swim, as well as some other attractions to…

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Tram line 3: Merisata & Eira

The last two weekends have taken me to the beautiful green waterfront areas of Eira, Merisata and Kaivopuisto. This weekend past was the colourful Helsinki Pride, which started in Senate Square and finished with festivities throughout Kaivopuisto, while the weekend before was Finnish midsummer (Juhannus) with seaside bonfires to celebrate the longest day of the…

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