What to Do in Helsinki, Finland

Tour the city’s striking architecture, visit contemporary art spaces, and soak in a super-slinky, design-forward spa – there’s plenty of things to do in Finland’s capital of cool.

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The exterior white curve of contemporary art space Amos Rex in Helsinki, Finland


Amos Rex

Protean contemporary art space Amos Rex is one of the Finnish capital’s newer museums, having opened in 2018 after the complete reconstruction of a 30s cinema, which included the addition of a spaceship-like subterranean annexe. More than just an exhibition space, the museum’s courtyard also moonlights as a skatepark, drinking terrace and meeting place for the city’s sun-seeking cool crowd.


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Outdoors at the design-forward spa, Löyly, in Helsinki, Finland



Owned by Finnish actor Jasper Pääkkönen, this super-slinky, design-forward spa, which occupies a prime stretch on the southern tip of Helsinki’s peninsula, provides a sustainable wellness experience and top-notch waterfront views. Sweat your socks off in the sauna, take a refreshing dip in the sea (if you dare), then settle in for a long lunch of fresh seafood on the terrace. Jasper’s salmon soup is the don’t-miss dish.


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Helsinki’s Central Library, Oodi


Oodi Helsinki

One of the city’s most striking architectural feats, Helsinki’s Central Library opened in 2018 as a living room for its citizens. Replete with over 10,000 books to borrow (a system that’s managed and co-ordinated by robots), as well as an urban workshop space offering free-to-use 3D printers, sewing machines and a music studio, Oodi is an ode to Helsinki’s mission of being a city that uses design as a force for social good.


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An exhibition of Alfredo Häberli's work at the Helsinki Design Centre.


Iittala and Arabia Design Centre

The nerve centre of the city’s dynamic art and design scene, Helsinki’s Design Centre is a window into the history, present and future of Finland’s two biggest design and lifestyle brands: Iittala and Arabia. Beyond internationally acclaimed exhibitions, the futuristic space also offers a vintage service, allowing visitors to swap pre-loved ceramics, as well as offering a jam-packed calendar of workshops, events and talks.


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