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Helsinki: A Tour of the City's Design District

Tour this neighborhood and see why Helsinki was chosen World Design Capital in 2012
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.7 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  What could be better than a tour that marries exercise, education,and shopping at some of the city's best boutiques?

Thanks to Ikea, ... more »

Tips:  The only tips are to wear comfortable shoes, and to leave your credit cards at the hotel if you're trying to travel on a budget.... more »

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Points of Interest

A five minute walk south of Senate Square near the lovely Havis Amanda statue is where you will find this famous coffee shop.

Begin your tour by booting-up your energy at Kappeli, the most stylish and popular cafe in the city. Serving coffee since 1867, Kappeli is considered the "pearl" of the bustling Esplanadi boulevard, which is the... More

2. Iittala

Cross the park (north) to the main street,
Pohjoisesplanadi (about a two minute walk).

You won't find a better place to explore what's new in housewares than at Iittala, a Finnish company that prides itself on modern Scandinavian design and showcases the work of the country's top designers. This is where Finns go to equip a cutting-edge... More

Head west down the street for about a 100 meters and you will come to Finland's most legendary textile designer.

Established in 1951 by Viljo and Armi Ratia, Marimekko is famous for its use of color, fabrics, and its minimalist styles. The design house came to international attention when Jacqueline Kennedy wore several Marimekko dresses during ... More

Continue west on Pohjoisesplanadi toward Högbergsgatan/ Korkeavuorenkatu. Turn left and walk about 70 meters. turn left onto Högbergsgatan/ Korkeavuorenkatu. The store is just a few seconds down the street on your right. Or just cut directly south through the park.

What IKEA is to the Swedes, Artek is to the Finns. The company is the... More

5. Design Forum Finland

Head west on Eteläesplanadi/Södra esplanaden toward Högbergsgatan/ Korkeavuorenkatu for about 120 meters.
Make a slight left toward Erottajankatu/ Skillnadsgatan and continue on this street for 150 meters until you come to Design Forum on your left.

This stop is a must for anyone interested in design.

Design Forum Finland's... More

Head south on Erottajankatu/Skillnadsgatan toward Iso Roobertinkatu and continue onto Yrjönkatu for 150 meters. Turn left onto Merimiehenkatu/Sjömansgatan then right on Högbergsgatan/Korkeavuorenkatu.

Founded in 1873, this fascinating museum features a variety of exhibitions on Finnish and international design, including industrial... More

7. Secondhand Helsinki

Continue south on Högbergsgatan/Korkeavuorenkatu for about 300 meters, the store will be on your left.

If you have made it this far without breaking the bank, this shop is the perfect place to reward your budget-conscious behavior. Secondhand Helsinki sells used and vintage design furniture, housewares, lighting, and more.

Hours:
Mon-Fri ... More