Friday, July 25, 2014

A beach weekend

This weekend awaits with hot summer temperatures again. The best thing to do is to spend the time at the beach and refresh in the cold water.

beach at Hernesaari

Around Helsinki you find lots of great beaches along the shoreline. And even though it has been quite cold during June the warm temperatures of the last days and weeks have warmed up the sea that much that swimming is possible without problems. Especially at beaches with shallow water like Lauttasaari's Kasinonranta the temperatures can be as high as 23 degrees and more. Or head to a lake in Espoo or Vantaa.

Check out the list of all the beaches in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa and enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Banking gets easier for foreigners

Many foreigners in Finland complain about how though it is to get full banking services from Finnish banks. While Finns just need to show their driving license it can often be a pain for citicens of other countries to receive the same services such as online banking.

S-Pankki Online Banking

Luckily this will change now. Finland's Discrimination Tribunal has ruled that Finnish banks have to accept foreign ID documents. You can find more detailed information on the topic from Yle News or read the tribunal's official press release (in English).

This should make your next visit to the bank much more easy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Töölö's exhibitionists

No, this post is not about people running around naked in town. Nor is the wonderful small café in Töölö with the peculiar name The Exhibistionists.

coffee and bread at The Exhibitionists

But it is a place you should pay a visit to. The Exhibistionists on Museokatu has room for just a few customers but is dedicated to making their stay as cozy and comfortable as possible. While listening to French music from the loudspeakers feel free to grab one of the books from the shelf and let your thoughts travel. The occasional sip on a cup of good, freshly brewed coffee makes that experience even better.

The Exhibitionists cafe

The Exhibtionists is also a good choice for a bite in the morning. They serve breakfast every day of the week and on the weekend also offer brunch. For breakfast you can just drop by any time. Make sure to make a reservation for the weekend brunch though. As mentioned the seats there are limited so they need to know how many people are coming.

Give it a try!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The blueberries are here

You can buy blueberries the whole year through in every supermarket. But now is the season when they grow in Finland. So keep your eyes open when you walk through the nature. You can find the plants pretty much everywhere. But to spot the first berries you have to train your eye a bit.

Blueberries on Iso Vasikkasaari

Finnish blueberries are much smaller than the huge ones you will get in the supermarket. But they are delicious and worth the effort. Give it a try and start picking! Good luck and enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Beach feeling at the ferris wheel

Allas pop-up terrace

With the new Finnair SkyWheel another new attraction came to Helsinki: Allas. The terrace is located right next to the wheel and makes Katajanokka a more attractive place to visit.

get comfortable at Allas

This year Allas is a pop-up where containers function as café and ice cream parlor. The terrace itself offers several grass areas with comfortable wooden chairs to sit down and enjoy drinks and snacks. From here you have a great view over Kauppatori, the ships in the harbor and some small islands. Watch the ferries to Stockholm leave while having a cold beer, wine or cider.

view towards the city center

You can already look forward to next year. During the fall and winter Allas will change into a permanent café and restaurant. Along with it a pool at the waterfront will be built. 

pop-up feeling

But for now enjoy the great beach club atmosphere at Allas (which btw means "pool" in Finnish) during the summer days. Allas is open daily from 9:00 to 24:00 and on Fridays and Saturdays even till 2:00.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Enjoy the summer!

What are you doing infront of the screen? Go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather!

tree and blue sky

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lonna, the new island

This summer Helsinki opened a new island to the public. Lonna might be small but is a wonderful place to go on a sunny day. The former military island is still undergoing some mayor rennovation but most buildings and the rocks surounding the island.

Lonna

To get to Lonna you need to take a boat from Kauppatori. The JT Line brings you there. You get a ticket from their small blue ticket office. You might be surprised that Lonna is not mentioned on any of the signs and timetable but their ferry going to Suomenlinna (not the from HSL) makes a stop at Lonna as well. Return tickets are 7 €.

restaurant yard

On the island you can visit both the new cafe and restaurant that are residing in one of the old storrage buildings now. In the big yard you can also sit outside if you like. On the summer weekends they have quite often have parties in the yard with DJs and delicious bbq snacks.

view towards Helsinki

But you don't have to visit them to enjoy Lonna. Head to the rocks facing Helsinki. This is just the perfect picnic place and it has an amazing view towards the city. Stay till the evening to see the sun slowly go down over the city.

summer sunset at Lonna

Don't miss it!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fog over Keilaniemi

This morning thick fog wobbled over Helsinki and Espoo and packed the Keilaniemi shore into a big white cloud. This is how it looked.

fog over Keilaniemi

Have a nice day and a good start into the weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The 24/7 supermarket

There are several supermarkets around Helsinki that are open till late at night, seven days a week. So far there hasn't been any though where you could really go any time.

24/7 Siwa on Esplanadi

But now there is one. Siwa was clever enough to open the first 24/7 supermarket. And it's not anywhere but located right in the city center on Esplanadi. So no matter what time you leave the bar, club or pub you can still by your groceries for the next days. A genius idea. Check it out!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Felt Design Pop-up

Tovi at Lasipalatsi is a space for pop up stores in the heart of Helsinki. This week's tenant is Dekorando with their Feel Felt products. Till Sunday you can get innovative and decorative Finnish design products made of felt here. 

Dekorando pop-up

You can find out more about the products and the company under dekorando.fi. The pop-up store is open on weekdays 11 - 19.00 and on the weekend 11 - 18.00.