Esplanadi Park
Esplanadi Park
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  • ruthandvern
    Wilton, California16,033 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely park mid-city
    We were at this park on two separate occasions on our visit. It's a terrific mid-city park with statuary and a restaurant. Fountains and plenty of benches. We watched the annual pride parade from a corner of an interior block in the park.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • freutmich
    760 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great People Watching and Shopping
    This is a really beautiful and peaceful part of the city. The park in the middle of the Esplanadi is a comfortable green space to sit and enjoy a coffee, some ice cream from a nearby kiosk, or just people watch. And some of the city's best shopping is along this street. The Esplanadi is in the middle of the city center, so it's unlikely you'd miss it. But making an effort to spend some time here is a must in Helsinki.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 10, 2023
  • doctorfoxtrot
    Taguig City, Philippines12,850 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Place for ultimate relaxation
    If you’re not under time pressure , this is the place where you should be. A long stretch of this park adorn the city center with popular monuments nearby. There is a kiosk for drinks, snacks and ice cream. But along the stretch beside it looks like an upscale shopping district. This is a must .
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Markus
    Helsinki, Finland16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Park At The Center of Helsinki
    A very nice park in Helsinki. Lots of events and people in the summer. There are also a good number of cafes and shops nearby, as well as good transport connections. The architecture surrounding the park is also very beautiful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 21, 2023
  • MeNiemiset
    Finland481 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Park at center of Helsinki
    Park at middle of Helsinki, nice place to just spend time sitting on the benches. Crowded at summer but you can find a place to sit on the grass too. Lots of cafes near it and a kiosk where you can buy icecream and drinks.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 29, 2023
  • RopentaStones
    St Helens, United Kingdom2,049 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A peaceful esplanade for chilled walk through the city
    Stumbled across this esplanade and we loved it. It has a feel of the early 1900s and you can imagine well dressed gentlemen with ladies in long flowing dresses walking down here from that time. Some nice monuments and a few food stalls too. Helsinki isn't particularly a fast paced city but it is still busy and this esplanade walk is a calming place to stroll through the city, with plenty of benches to sit and people watch. Nice place for a break from the city.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • CodyDC
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,660 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice park - seems like a lot of activity especially in the evening with picnics and music
    While staying in Helsinki, I would pass through the park from my hotel in order to get to the city center sights like Senate Square and Market Square. There seemed like a lot of going on in the park as it appeared to be very popular with the crowds. The busiest was during the weekend evenings, with people on the grass with picnics and music being performed. Seemed like a nice place.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 15, 2024
  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia28,931 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Central Park In Helsinki
    Esplanade Park is a large park in central Helsinki and dates back to 1818. It has well managed gardens and statues and the Kappell Restaurant that opened in 1867. This area is a public space for performances and events. You cannot miss the park when in Helsinki and a pleasant piece of green in what can be a fairly drab city
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 15, 2024
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yss97
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The park is just off Market Square and runs from there for a few blocks. The park is well laid out with paths, benches and a few sculptures. There are shops on both sides of the roads bordering the park. On the right (as you walk from Market Square, the shops seem quite upmarket- branches of Prasad’s, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are here as well as some exclusive boutiques. At the end of this road is the Stockmann department store, a Helsinki version of Macy’s apparently. The shops on the left side are much less interesting. There is a supermarket and a few eateries only.
Written March 1, 2020
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This small park it could be argued is one of the natural focal points of the city. Designed by the architect Carl Ludwig Engel, the park was originally opened in 1818. In 1827, Engels Teater (the predecessor of the Swedish Theatre), the first theatre building in Helsinki, also designed by Engel, was erected in a corner of the park. Centered in the park is a stunning statue of Johan Ludvig Runeberg, the national poet of Finland, by his son Walter Runeberg. Other public art pieces include works by Viktor Jansson, and the gardens themselves are beautifully kept with a lovely arrangement of flowers on display in the summer.
The eastern end of the park houses the Kappeli restaurant, which opened in 1867. In front of the restaurant is an outdoor stage, which hosts numerous live music performances. Other prestigious restaurants on the edge of the park include Restaurant Olo on Pohjoisesplanadi and Savoy Restaurant on Eteläesplanadi which are very swish places to eat/drink and of course have outside areas directly onto the park.
Written August 22, 2022
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RopentaStones
St Helens, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Stumbled across this esplanade and we loved it. It has a feel of the early 1900s and you can imagine well dressed gentlemen with ladies in long flowing dresses walking down here from that time. Some nice monuments and a few food stalls too. Helsinki isn't particularly a fast paced city but it is still busy and this esplanade walk is a calming place to stroll through the city, with plenty of benches to sit and people watch. Nice place for a break from the city.
Written October 13, 2023
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doctorfoxtrot
Taguig City, Philippines
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
If you’re not under time pressure , this is the place where you should be. A long stretch of this park adorn the city center with popular monuments nearby. There is a kiosk for drinks, snacks and ice cream. But along the stretch beside it looks like an upscale shopping district. This is a must .
Written July 22, 2023
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CodyDC
Washington DC, DC
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
While staying in Helsinki, I would pass through the park from my hotel in order to get to the city center sights like Senate Square and Market Square. There seemed like a lot of going on in the park as it appeared to be very popular with the crowds. The busiest was during the weekend evenings, with people on the grass with picnics and music being performed. Seemed like a nice place.
Written June 15, 2024
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freutmich
Kansas City
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
This is a really beautiful and peaceful part of the city. The park in the middle of the Esplanadi is a comfortable green space to sit and enjoy a coffee, some ice cream from a nearby kiosk, or just people watch. And some of the city's best shopping is along this street. The Esplanadi is in the middle of the city center, so it's unlikely you'd miss it. But making an effort to spend some time here is a must in Helsinki.
Written July 10, 2023
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Gary W
Richmond, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Long strip park in the heart of Helsinki. There are many art deco type restaurants which look great. There are also lots of street vendors. The park lacks the vibe of other capital cities but still is a welcome bit of green in the city.
Written May 15, 2023
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Keith P
Southwest Finland, Finland
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
As the name suggests this park is a long stretch of public area between the two carriageways of the Esplanade in Helsinki connecting the theatre and harbour market place. It is a most popular place for locals and visitors alike to chill-out and enjoy good weather, people-watch, consume snacks and ice-cream. However it should be noted that an unexpected flock of gulls at times do descend on the unwary to try and snatch food from their grasp and leave their own droppings as they circle the scene seeking easy meals. My advice is to keep moving and protect any food items...
Written July 10, 2022
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Leads right from "downtown" to the harbor with interesting architecture, shops and restaurants on both sides. Flowers and trees quite pretty and well maintained. We stopped for free Jazz concert at the harbor end of the park one afternoon. Thank you!
Written August 7, 2022
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Esplanade Park is a large park in central Helsinki and dates back to 1818. It has well managed gardens and statues and the Kappell Restaurant that opened in 1867. This area is a public space for performances and events. You cannot miss the park when in Helsinki and a pleasant piece of green in what can be a fairly drab city
Written June 15, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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