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Esplanade

Pohjoisesplanadi, Helsinki 00130, Finland (Kampinmalmi)
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Ranked #7 of 147 attractions in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Parks
Activities: Shopping
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Esplanade area of Helsinki is so relaxing, even though it gets busy, it never really feels like you are in the middle of a city. There are lots of cafes, resaurants and shops lining both sides (which sell the most wonderful cakes!) and the central boulevard has lots of seats to sit and relax, have a coffee or an... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

One of our most favourite boulevards, lined with trees and also the site of the Kappeli restaurant. It's a delight.

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Espoo, Finland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Esplanadi is a really nice place in Helsinki to take a walk and to sit in a cafe and enjoy the lively area! A place where the sidewalk cafe culture is alive and well in. Helsinki....

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Venice
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were there on a lovely day in July. Nice place to find a cafe or a bar for a drink. We also found some amazing seafood. The salmon was amazing. I highly recommend that you take a stroll through here.

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Brisbane, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Lovely walk, amazing buildings If you enjoy people watching, there's plenty of french style cafes that face the busy, cobbled streets. I would recommend taking a walk down to the dockside where you can buy so many things (e.g. reindeer antlers(etc), t-shirts, jewellery, even cultural eating). My favourite dish was the Salmon soup.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to be in Helsinki in July, and the Esplanade is the cultural heart of Helsinki activity. There were people sunbathing and picnicking on the lawn. The boulevard is lined on both sides with sidewalk cafes that are perfect for resting and quenching your thirst after a walk through the nearby design district. Every street radiating out... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

All the best shops in Helsinki beats any shopping centre/mall hands down. Lots of nice bars to enjoy watching people and life pass by.

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Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Very nice and atmospheric avenue to have a walk in Helsinki and visit the market square by the sea. Lots of nice cafes and restaurants with variety of tastes.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The Esplanade is very pretty. It's in the old part of Helsinki so you have all these historical buildings around. There is a grassy area at one end and the other is where you can get the boat tours around the bay. There is also a market which I recommend as a great place to get a cheap feed. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Nice and fresh in hot weather in Helsinki. On a special stage there was a concert. Very nice cafe in the center, and wonderful book shop at the end of the street. Great to have a rest or picnic on the grass.

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