As exchange students at Haaga-Helia, we we would like to share with you inspiring stories related to three hidden gems we have discovered in Helsinki. They have provided us with an original a taste of Finnish tradition and culture.
1. Adventurous Hidden Gem in Helsinki: Seurasaari Island
Seurasaari is an idyllic island in the middle of Helsinki. It is known for its historical open-air museum that opened more than 100 years ago. The atmosphere at Seurasaari is truly amazing. It has a rich variety of flora and fauna. During Midsummer, there is a huge a bonfire party on the island.
There is also a public barbecue grill that you can use for free. You can go there with your new international group of friends, have a nice stroll around the island, and spend a relaxing evening.
2. Mysterious Hidden Gem in Helsinki: Trillby & Chadwick
Trillby & Chadwick is a bar in Helsinki that you won’t want to miss. You can recognize the place by its mysterious black doors. Just walk right in and enjoy the atmosphere of this cocktail bar with an intriguing history.
Detectives Trillby & Chadwick from London established a detective agency in Helsinki in 1924. Their job was to oversee the Finnish prohibition law and to combat the smuggling of alcoholic beverages. In the end, however, the detective agency turned into a very successful speakeasy bar!
3. Relaxing Hidden Gem in Helsinki: Löyly Sauna
Löyly is a beautifully designed public sauna in Helsinki. It is located by the seaside, so you can cool down after the sauna by diving into the ice-cold water. If you don’t feel like going to the sauna, you can just go for a stroll by the sea.