We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Esplanade

Pohjoisesplanadi, Helsinki 00130, Finland (Kampinmalmi)
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #7 of 147 attractions in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Parks
Activities: Shopping
193 visitor photos
Write a Review

574 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    260
    247
    65
    2
    0
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Brisbane, Australia
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Finland
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
245 reviews 245 reviews
199 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
31 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Naantali, Finland
Top Contributor
445 reviews 445 reviews
253 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Esplanade is perfectly located, right next to Main Market Square(Kauppatori), Senate Square, President's Castle etc. Lovely little park full of people, little kiosks, live music occasionally and so on. Park is middle of South and North Esplanade roads and that North one is most prestigious shopping street in Finland, including everything from Louis Vuitton store to 5 star Hotel Kämp.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vantaa
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
39 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Nice place to sit down and watch people go by, also if you have time go and fetch some food and have a picnic!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indiana
Top Contributor
208 reviews 208 reviews
116 attraction reviews
360 helpful votes 360 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

You will end up here if you visit Helsinki. It is the commercial and social heart of the city. What a beautiful scene on a sunny summer day. Nothing beats getting a bite to eat at an outdoor café or sitting on a park bench watching the people. Wonderful.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Beijing, China
Top Contributor
215 reviews 215 reviews
97 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Great shopping area! Wonderful for getting some shopping in. Nice waking area with a lot of places to eat and drink. Worth checking out!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Esplanade also viewed

 
Helsinki, Southern Finland
Helsinki, Southern Finland
 

Been to Esplanade? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Esplanade, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing