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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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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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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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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A weekend in Kallio- top 10 things to do in my neighbourhood

While I love to travel and explore new places, there’s nothing quite like a relaxing weekend at home! These days I’m pretty damn lucky to call the Helsinki district of Kallio home, and after living here for a year I thought I’d share some things I love about this beautiful, vibrant suburb. Only 1 km…

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