Kamppi and southwestern Helsinki is here defined as the part of the city raying out to the southwest of the city core, stretching along freeway 51 to the border of next-door Espoo. It's delimited by Baana and Hietaniemi cemetery in the northwest, Mannerheimintie in the east and Bulevardi in the southeast. In addition to Kamppi, Ruoholahti and Jätkäsaari it also includes Lauttasaari.
Southwestern Helsinki has something for everyone. The part next to Mannerheimintie with the shopping centers of Kamppi and Forum are not much different from the rest of the downtown, though just a block or two into Kamppi the environment becomes much more residential. There is no lack of restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs, though and aside of downtown itself and Kallio, this is a good place to go out for a drink.
Ruoholahti, still in the 1980s a somewhat rough and dirty part of the city is now modern and clean with glass and steel office and apartment buildings, partially built on land reclaimed from the sea. Still the former cable factory (nowadays a cultural center), the Salmisaari power plant and the shipyard reminds of the former industrial character. A bridge to the west lays the island of Lauttasaari, mostly residential.
The eastern parts of this district are practically part of the downtown and the rest of Kamppi within walking distance from it. Ruoholahti is best accessible by metro or tram 9 from the central and eastern parts of the city, by tram 8 from the Töölö. The new metro extension takes you all the way to Lauttasaari if needed.
If you travel in from Espoo or western Uusimaa by something else than the train, this part of Helsinki is the first you will reach. The same is true if you're arriving from Tallinn on Tallink's or Eckerö Line's ferries, from St. Petersburg by ferry or on a massive cruise ship that can't dock in central Helsinki.
Getting around in the western parts is no struggle, you can use the buses, the trams or the metro to get wherever you want, not forgetting going afoot. Even though the options for public transport are great, don't immerse yourself only in them and remember the option of going on foot; it might save your time since especially the trams might be slow.
- 1 Helsinki Old Church (Helsingin Vanha Kirkko) (between Lönnrotinkatu, Bulevardi, Georginkatu and Annankatu). A neoclassical wooden church built in the early 19th century, which is the oldest church in central Helsinki. It's right in the middle of the Park of the Old Church, which is also known as the Plague Park (Ruttopuisto) because it was used as a cemetery for many of the victims of the plague of 1710.
- 2 Lönnrotinpuistikko. A tiny little park next to the Old church. In the middle there's a statue of 19th century author and scientist Elias Lönnrot (author of Kalevala, the Finnish national epic).
- 3 Amos Andersson Art Gallery, Yrjönkatu 23. M,Th,Fr 10:00-18:00, W 10:00-20:00, Sa-Su 11:00-17:00. Located in the Forum block. The largest private gallery of contemporary art in Finland. adults €10.
- 4 Helsinki synagogue, Malminkatu 26. The center of the Jewish community in Helsinki; there are also a Jewish school, kindergarten and a kosher store on the premises. You probably have to call ahead for visiting.
- 5 Metropolia Polytech main building. This impressive 19th century building next to the Hietalahti square hosted the Helsinki Technical University until the 1950s, nowadays it's the main building for the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. As you're there, check out the Hietalahti market hall and market square.
- 6 Aleksanterin teatteri, Albertinkatu 32. The Alexander theater, named after the Russian czar Alexander II and finished in 1879 is likely Helsinki's most beautiful venue for performance art. It's probably one of the Occasionally shows and concerts in English.
- 7 Computer and video game museum, Tyynenmerenkatu 11 (Verkkokauppa.com building). Interested in old video games, game consoles, computers and related paraphernalia? Then this place is definitely something for you.
In addition the district of Ruoholahti is one of the few places in Helsinki to see modern glass and steel architecture, and of course the Crusell bridge across Ruoholahti bay. Lauttasaari is one of the greenest areas in Helsinki. Sadly the island's landmark, the 1950s water tower is being dismantled during the autumn of 2015.
- 1 Aleksanterin teatteri, Bulevardi 23-27.
- 2 Annantalo, Annankatu 30. Mo-Fr 8–20, Sa-Su 10–16. Feel creative? Annantalo, a multimodal "house of art" arranges art workshops and courses for both kids and grownups, as well as performances and exhibitions.
- 3 The Cable Factory (Kaapelitehdas or just Kaapeli), Tallberginkatu 1 (tram 8). The former cable factory in Ruoholahti is nowadays a multi-purpose culture center. It hosts concerts, fairs, art workshops and odd/original museums like the restaurant museum and photography museum. There is a Restaurant/Café/Bar Hima & Sali in the building. At lunch time you can choose your meal from a daily menu or watch the cook prepare your wok from ingredients you selected. Good place for vegetarians.
- 4 Huone, Länsisatamankatu 16, ☎ . 8 AM to midnight mostly. Huone ("Room") claims to be the world's first event hotel, providing premises and services for their customers to hold their own events. There are twelve rooms of different sizes, and each can be rented for a day, a morning or an evening. Huone can host various kinds of events such as business meetings, birthday parties or sauna evenings. The customer holds the event - Huone provides the premises and services, including catering, with alcoholic drinks or without. 44 € to 59 € per person.
- 5 Kasinonranta Beach, Lauttasaari, Tiirasaarentie (Buses 20N, 55A and 66A, stop Hevosenkenkäpuisto.). A popular place in summer with a large playground for children and a pleasant café Kasinonranta (in summer season open M-F 15:00-19:00, Sa-So 10:00-19:00). At the beach and the park around you can picnic, kick a ball, play a beach volleyball, swim, canoe or skatefurf. In winter it is possible to snowkite here or hike, skate or cross country ski on frozen sea around Lauttasaari island and even reach some nearby islands.
- 6 Outdoor skating Lauttasaari, Lahnalahdentie 2 (Short walk from Lahnalahdentie bus stop (lines 102, 110, 147, 154, 167) or Lahnalahden puisto bus stop (lines 20, 65A, 66A)). M-Su 8:00-21:00. Two outdoor skating rings, open approximately between 2.1 - 24.2, depending on weather.
- 7 Little Theater (Lilla Teatern), Eerikinkatu 2.
- 8 Salmisaaren Liikuntakeskus, Energiakatu 3 (next to Helsinki Energia @ Ruoholahti). New sports mall in Helsinki, includes indoor beach, bowling, ice hockey, wall climbing, gym, Megazone, restaurant and lots more...
- 9 Tennispalatsi, Salomonkatu 15. The Tennispalatsi ("Tennis palace") was originally built to house tennis events for the 1940 and 1952 Olympics. Nowadays, it retains no trace of its Olympic past. Instead, it functions primarily as Helsinki's biggest movie theatre, with more than ten halls on two floors, showing movies both from Finland and abroad. As well as functioning as a movie theatre, Tennispalatsi also houses cultural exhibitions, small stores, restaurants (including Pizza Hut and Hesburger) and cafés.
- 10 Yrjönkadun Uimahalli, Yrjönkatu 21b (across from the Torni Hotel), ☎ . An art-deco bath house with three types of saunas and a swimming pool. Take a sauna and swim in the nude. There are separate days for women and men. Bathing suits are not banned, but almost everyone goes without one. Men's swimming days are: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; Women's days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday. 1st Floor €5 (or €5.40 with a lockable stall or 'cabin'), 2nd Floor €14. The second floor (accessible only the afternoons from Tuesday to Sunday) includes access to a steam sauna and a wood-heated sauna, as well as a café.
- 1 Kamppi Center (Kampin Keskus) (Trams: 2, 9 Metro: Kamppi.). Big shopping mall in the center of Helsinki. Plenty of international brands and restaurants. Long-distance bus terminal in the basement.
- 2 Forum (corner of Simonkatu and Mannerheimintie). Kamppi center's next door older brother with plenty of shops, restaurants and other services.
- 3 Kauppakeskus Ruoholahti (Metro: Ruoholahti. Tram: 8.). Quite small compared to the suburban malls along the ring roads, but this urban mall still has a Citymarket and a couple of speciality stores and cafes.
- 4 Verkkokauppa.com (Metro: Ruoholahti - entails some walking. Tram: 9. Bus: 15A.). Located 2 km from the Helsinki city center in the Western Harbour (Länsisatama). Northern Europe's and possibly Europe's largest home-electronics store with 20 000 m2 of retail space. The best spot for electronics, computers, digital cameras, mobile phones and gadgets in general in Helsinki. They not only sell electronics but also imported snacks (mainly from the USA) to enjoy while watching TV or barbecuing - think soda, chips, barbecue sauce, candies and such. In addition to being a store it features a couple of fast food outlets one of them with Australian meat pies, and a computer game museum on the 5th floor. Literally on the top of it all, the 7th floor features Finland's largest sightseeing terrace with views of Helsinki, the sea and prime view of cruise ships in the summer and in the middle of it a real MiG-21BIS fighter plane, the entrance is free. Free parking underground and on an outdoor parking area behind the complex.
- 5 Ruslania (Ruslania Books Oy), Bulevardi 7 (The buses 14, 18 and 21 stop near the store. Although, the trams 1, 3 and 6 are stop right next to it and tram is the best way to get there from the north.), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 9-18, 9-16, -. Ruslania offers both Finnish and Russian products (which includes for example souvenirs, literature, music, candy, posters and cards). A nice, not that big shop full of mostly Russian products which makes it a heaven for lovers of Russian culture or Soviet-y stuff.
- 6 Helsinki 10, Eerikinkatu 3, ☎ . Open M-F 11AM-8PM, Sa 11AM-6PM. This bright-white "lifestyle department store" sells both international and Finnish (designer) labels such as Raf Simons, Wood Wood, Acne and April77 as well as second-hand clothes, accessories, records, magazines etc.
- 7 Paloni, Eerikinkatu 7, ☎ . Open M-F 11AM-7PM, Sa 11AM-4PM. Paloni is a creative design concept store. It sells items that are designed and made by over 70 independent designers. Paloni's product range covers women's clothing, accessories, jewellery, home decor, gift items and children's clothing.
- 8 Keltainen Jäänsärkijä, Urho Kekkosenkatu 4-6 A. Helsinki's largest indie store, covers virtually everything except classical and electronic. Lots of indie vinyl at reasonable prices. €reasonable.
- 9 Compact Records (Dark Side of the), Lönnrotinkatu 23.
- 10 Hietalahti Antique and Art Hall, Hietalahdentori (tram 6), ☎ . Open M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-3PM.. Here you can find many antique shops in one place, five blocks southwest from Mannerheimintie.
- 11 Hietalahti Open Air Flea market. Next to Hietalahti Antique and Art Hall, this is the most popular flea market in Helsinki. Open year round, but busiest from May to August.
- 1 Yeti-Nepal, Itämerenkatu 12, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Th 10:30-22:00, F 10:30-23:00, Sa 12:00-23:00, Su 12:00-22:00. One of many Nepalese places. It might not be the cheapest one, but the food is great. The restaurant is well visited and often full at lunch time. Main dishes €10-15, lunch menu from €8,50.
- 2 Barbarossa, Yrjönkatu 29. Good price-quality ratio pizzaplace, always fast service. Very small location though, so you might have to eat your pizza elsewhere.
- 3 Eerikin Pippuri, Eerikinkatu 17. One of the more popular kebab places in town. On the same street as many bars, so good for a midnight meal as well.
- 4 Pompier (VPK), Albertinkatu 29. M-F 11AM-3PM. Run by the Volunteer Fire Brigade, this restaurant serves a daily changing buffet of hearty Finnish fare in a cafeteria straight from the 1950s, complete with grim portraits of moustached Hosemasters staring down at you. Pea soup and pancakes on Thursday are particularly popular. €12.60 per head..
- 5 Singapore Hot Wok, Kamppi Shopping Centre, E floor, Urho Kekkosen katu 5 B. Select from a few tasty plates of Wok. €9.50 per head..
- 6 Sky Express, Annankatu 31. A pizza spot very close to the city center. It's a relatively small place, but the service is very fast and the place is open late at night. Opens around 11AM, and closes at 11PM (10PM on Sundays). Try the Päivän jättipizza ("Daily giant pizza"), which is a large, thin pizza with a varying selection of fillings plus a 0.4 liter soft drink for €6, which is almost unbeatably cheap. They also offer a liter of beer + the daily giant pizza for 13€.
- 8 Empire Plaza, Urho Kekkosen katu 1, Kamppi Shopping Centre. Tasty Chinese food. Main dishes €7-20, lunch buffet €8.5..
- 9 Faro, Kellosaarenranta 2, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. A rather nice restaurant and bar located right at the seashore, offering nice views. Serves both lunch and à la carte menu. Lunch is affordable, if not quite cheap, but the à la carte menu is a bit on the pricier side. Also functions as a bar. Serves a variety of cuisine, lunch varies daily. Lunch €10 to €13, main courses €20 to €30.
- 10 Fisken på Disken, Urho Kekkosen katu 1, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 11 AM to 9 PM. The name means "The fish on the table" in Swedish, and the restaurant indeed focuses almost exclusively on fish and seafood. Located on the fifth floor of the Kamppi shopping centre amongst other restaurants, easy to find as it's right next to the escalators. Rather crowded so reservations are recommended, although not mandatory. Try the fish and chips, available at €16. Main courses €10 to €28.
- 11 Halikarnas, Ruoholahdenkatu 18, ☎ . 11 AM to 11 PM mostly. One of the most famous Turkish restaurants in Helsinki. Famous for its Mediterranean-style buffet, served not only on working days but on weekends also (it's a bit more expensive on weekends though), but also serves quality Turkish à la carte dishes. The coffee, although served from a nondescript thermos can, is one of the best coffees available in Helsinki. Spacious with stylish Turkish decor, with artwork depicting ancient Mediterranean cities on the walls. Buffet around 10 €, à la carte dishes 14 € - 22 €.
- 12 India House, Simonkatu 8, Forum (Tram 2, 9), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Mon-Fri 10:30AM-22:30PM, Sun non-11PM. The only Indian restaurant in Helsinki accepted as decent by Indians here. Mains around 20€, lunch 10€.
- 13 Ka-Shing, Lauttasaarentie 14, ☎ . 10:30 AM to 9 PM on weekdays, 12 PM to 9 PM on weekends. Probably the best Chinese restaurant on the residential and office district of Lauttasaari. Rather small, and can be quite packed at lunch time. Lunch is very cheap, usually 7-8 €, but on evenings and weekends à la carte courses cost around 12 - 20 €. The restaurant provides Donald Duck comic books in Finnish for the customers to read.
- 14 Konstan Möljä, Hietalahdenkatu 14, ☎ . Traditional Finnish food. Very nice if you want to try all kinds of Finnish meals! Lunch buffet €7.90, main dishes €15+, dinner buffet €20..
- 15 Kosmos, Kalevankatu 3 (Trams: 3, 4, 6, 10), ☎ . A Helsinki institution dating to 1924, proudly serving "Helsinkian" food — a melange of Russian, French and Swedish influences. Try one of the three classics: Vorschmack with duchess potatoes, the Sylvester Sandwich au gratin and Baltic herrings with mashed potatoes. Mains €15-25.
- 16 Limone, Nahkahousuntie 1, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 11AM to 9PM mostly. A real Italian restaurant in the mostly residential district of Lauttasaari, serving authentic Italian cuisine, mostly pizzas and pastas. Easy to arrive at as it's located almost right next to the terminus of bus line 21V. Open for both lunch (weekdays only) and à la carte dining. Main courses €13 to €26.
- 17 Loop, Lapinlahdentie 1. Lunch 11:30 AM to 2 PM. A novel concept: The restaurant serves food made of the waste of other restaurants and groceries, giving new life to food left uneaten. Satisfactory and tasty fare, but don't expect an exquisite culinary experience. The restaurant is located in an old, abandoned mental hospital, giving its location and interior a unique charm. Lunch 9.20 €.
- 18 Mai Thai, Annankatu 31-33, ☎ . One of the best Thai restaurants in Helsinki - simply incredible! Make sure to reserve a table in advance, and heed the chilli ratings when ordering.
- 19 Meng Loong, Itälahdenkatu 27, ☎ . 10:30 AM to 7 PM mostly. A nice Chinese restaurant in southern Lauttasaari. Not much in the way of à la carte dishes, but a very tasty buffet provided at lunchtime every weekday, with the dishes on offer varying every day. For an extra 1.50 €, you can have a sushi buffet with your Chinese lunch buffet.
The Chinese food on offer includes chicken, pork, beef, fish and tofu every day. There are various kinds of spicy sauces available.
Be sure to get in early, as the restaurant is quite packed. In early afternoon, actual Chinese customers come to the restaurant to eat a pre-set menu. They have tables reserved well in advance so they won't bother you. After a few hours past noon the buffet food tends to get a bit tasteless though. This restaurant is sometimes favoured by the Finnish police forces. 8.50 € for lunch without sushi, 10 € for lunch with sushi.
- 20 Meritähti, Itämerenkatu 14, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 11 AM to 11 PM mostly. The name means "starfish", but despite that, there is actually very little seafood on the menu. The menu is very meat-oriented, with the restaurant specialising in Hungarian cuisine. The restaurant is rather small, and about half of it consists of a pub area. Very easily accessible as it is located right next door from the Ruoholahti metro station. Main courses 12 € - 30 €.
- 22 New Bamboo Center, Annankatu 29, ☎ . Well-known and popular downtown Malaysian-Chinese restaurant. Cheap lunch/dinner. Vegan-friendly with several vegan dishes. If you like elbow room you might want to pass on this restaurant, since the seating is somewhere between "intimate" and "cramped". The food is very good, though. The restaurant is famous for its hot Malaysian curry dishes, which are among the hottest dishes available in Helsinki.
- 23 Oton Soppa, Veneentekijäntie 4, ☎ . 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM (weekdays only). A small, quaint, family-run lunch restaurant near the harbour area of the Lauttasaari island. Serves Finnish home cooking, pizzas and the occasional steak or ribs. The restaurant is quite small and usually rather packed around noon. Located in a small, rather nondescript building which blends in with the harbour. Open for lunch only! Lunch from 10 € to 15 €.
- 24 Pikku-Nepal, Annankatu 29, ☎ . A very good "Nepalese" restaurant. Good vegetarian options. Main dishes €13–25..
- 25 Salve, Hietalahdenranta 11, ☎ . 115 years old harbour restaurant. Salve's operations began in 1897 as a small food kiosk for sailors. Even now, you can catch the feeling of Salve's past - a time when ships were made of wood and men were made of steel! Herrings of Salve you should taste.
- 26 Suburritos, Yrjönkatu 29, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 11 AM to 9 PM mostly. Mexican-style restaurant near the Forum shopping centre. Famous for its lunch buffet, where you can fill up tortillas and tacos with toppings of your own choosing. Buffet and burritos 9 €, main courses 13 € to 25 €.
- 27 Take Sushi, Salomonkatu 15, ☎ . An authentic Japanese sushi restaurant located on the second floor of Tennispalatsi in central Kamppi. The restaurant is very small, and features cliché Japanese decor. The sushi is quite good and usually made in less than ten minutes. Sushi pieces starting from 1-2 €, set dishes starting from 10 €.
- 28 Monal (Restaurant Monal), Annankatu 4 (Peaceful location close by Kamppi), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Mon-Fri 10.30-22.00, Sat 12.00-22.00, Sun 12.00-20.00. The restaurant provides excellent hospitality and a wide variety of authentic Indian cuisine. We specialize affordable and changing lunch buffet, dinner, delicious Indian desserts, take away service and catering for smaller or larger events. Lunch 10 €, main dishes 15-20 €.
- 29 Gaijin, Bulevardi 6, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 5 PM to 12 AM. One of Helsinki's finest Asian cuisine restaurants, serving a mixture of Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisine. Famous for its tasting menus. As the restaurant is very popular and a bit cramped, prior reservations are recommended, although not mandatory. The food is a bit expensive but extremely tasty, and the staff are very friendly. Main courses 26 to 42 €, tasting menus 62 to 66 €.
- 30 Kabuki, Lapinlahdenkatu 12, ☎ . Helsinki's best-known Japanese restaurant and a favorite of Finnish celebrities, which explains the signed ice hockey jerseys and Star Wars memorabilia scattered throughout. Alas, while the food is decent, it's not quite the real thing. Reservations recommended. Closed Sat.
- 31 Karljohan, Yrjönkatu 21, ☎ . Very nice restaurant opposite the Hotel Torni with Swedish and Finnish traditional cooking and keeping high standards. On Thursdays, try the traditional lunch of pea soup and pancake.
- 32 Lappi Restaurant, Annankatu 22, ☎ . Although Lapland (Lappi) is on the other edge of Finland, you can enjoy cuisine of Lapland in Helsinki too.
- 33 Rivoli, Albertinkatu 38, ☎ . Traditional fine dining restaurant quite close to the SAS Royal and Scandic Simonkenttä hotels. Specialities include oysters, shellfish and mussels in season (this was the first place in Finland to import them) and zander in an onion and cream sauce (traditional style).
- 1 Cafe Mutteri, Lauttasaarentie 2 (Lauttasaari island), ☎ . M-F 6AM-19PM, Sa-Su 10AM-16PM. Lovely small cafe in an octagonal old wooden building just at the Lauttasaari bridge. Its name translates to café "nut" as something you use with a bolt. Coffee, pies, pastries and ice cream are on offer. You can enjoy a slightly nostalgic atmosphere of the place, or just get pleasantly cozy on a freezing day.
- 2 Ateljee Baari, Kalevankatu 5 (Hotel Torni (14th floor)). Despite the name it's more like a cafe, located on top of Hotel Torni, Finland's first high-rise. Excellent views over Helsinki's downtown. You even have a view from the (famous) toilets. Highly recommended. Find the elevator close to the lobby to get there, but be prepared for expensive drinks. If you're on a tight budget, you can just enjoy the view on the elevator level.
- 4 Gran Delicato, Kalevankatu 34, ☎ . Open weekdays 8.00-22.00, Saturdays 10.00-18.00, Sundays closed.. A very cosy cafe serving Mediterranean salads and paninis, and a variety of coffees. The Greek owner is a showman, usually around to amuse customers. Coffees 2-4€, salads 7-9€, pastas and soups 7-9€.
Bars, pubs and clubs
- 5 Amsterdam, Itämerenkatu 1C. Dutch beer house in Ruoholahti.
- 6 A21 Cocktail Lounge, Annankatu 21. A high-priced but incredibly high quality cocktail bar situated in the city center, a few hundred meters from Stockmann's. Generally serves classic cocktail drinks with a twist, but also features several cocktails with a distinctly Finnish vibe (featuring garnishes such as birch leaves and fresh cloudberry) and innovative house specialities. According to worldsbestbars.com, this unlikely find is one of the world's best bars , winning the title of the best bar in the world in 2009 and 2010. Drinks €7-25, try the Birch Cooler, Blinker or XXX..
- 7 Ravintola Wanhakettu, Malminkatu 22. A journey into traditional Finnish bar culture, where fireside debates and poetry recitals are a common place occurrence in this historical tavern. Frequented by a more intellectual if not boisterous crowd, the common traveler will find a home away from home at Wanhakettu. A famous haunt for many members of the classical artist communes of Käpyla and Suvela. According to historian Antti Mäjänen of the Ostrobotnious Historical Society, it was in this very spot that the second treaty of Vyborg was signed in the summer of 1902, adding character and flavor to this lovely tavern of old. Drinks €3.50-15, try the Karhu III Pint, Salmari or Kolme Leijonaa Malt Whisky..
- 8 Aussie Bar, Salomonkatu 5 (next to Kamppi shopping mall). Open Mon - Tue, Sun: 14:00 - 2:00 and Wed - Sat: 12:00 - 3:00.. The name says it. Place to go get some drinks with some international fun. Live music every Wednesday and the weekends are always crazy in Kangaroo Land...
- 9 Baker's, Mannerheimintie 12. A great place to start up your party. From Tues to Sat they have a sparkling wine happy hour from 5PM: for 100 minutes, a glass of cava costs 100 cents (that's €1). The service might be somewhat rough. Also lots of young people there on weekends. Has a bar, nightclub, pub and serves also food.
- 10 Corona Bar & Billiards, Eerikinkatu 11, ☎ . A bar and billiard hall owned by the film director brothers Aki and Mika Kaurismäki, echoing the melancholic mood of their films. Also check out the affiliated Kafe Moskva bar next door for authentic Soviet style experience, complete with Russian music played on dusty vinyls and Russian vodka and champagne. Downstairs is Dubrovnik, a small club-cum-movie theater that can be rented for private events and host occasionally live gigs or clubs.
- 11 Loose, Annankatu 21. A very street-credible rock bar, it is highly popular among Finnish rock musicians.
- 12 Le Bonk, Yrjönkatu 24. W-Sa 21:00-04:00, Sa 16:00-04:00. Design music club with 3 floors. During the summer very nice roof terrace.
- 14 DTM, Mannerheimintie 6 B, 2nd floor (with stairs/elevator). Open M-Su 21:00-04:00. Formerly "Don't Tell Mama", DTM is the largest combination of gay cafe, bar, disco and nightclub in Scandinavia, with 2 dance floors and 3 bars. Popular among younger, trendy people and some celebrities. Straights usually welcome, too, as long as they don't "take over" the place. Entrance Su-Th €2,50 Friday €5 Sa €8 (on special nights fees may vary). Around the corner is Hercules Gay nightclub.
- 15 Hercules Gay Night Club, Lönnrotinkatu 4. One of the busiest gay nightclubs in Scandinavia, mainly a 30+ clients, dance floor and 2 bard, good for bare-faced cruising. Entrance free; coat check €2.50 (on special guests nights fees may vary). Around the corner is located DTM Gay nightclub.
- 16 Tavastia/Semifinal, Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6. One of the most prominent rock clubs in Scandinavia, a must see for fans of live rock of any kind. Semifinal has smaller indie/alternative bands for a young crowd. On special nights the two clubs are joined, but usually they host separate gigs. Tickets for all gigs can be bought in advance from the Tiketti ticket sellers next door. The annual Tavastia new year party is an institution in itself, with fans flying from all over the world for the show.
- 17 The Tiger, Urho Kekkosen katu 1 (Kamppi Center). Open W-Sa 22:00-04:00. Formerly Lux, this is a contestant for the title of Helsinki's classiest mainstream nightclub, with its dress code, stylish decor, relatively high prices and an age limit of 24. Five bars, two spacious terraces, a VIP lounge and six luxurious booths that can be reserved. Live music on Thur. Cover charge €4-8, free entrance before midnight..
- 18 Vatican, Simonkatu 6. Vatican (former Jenny Woo) tries to profile itself as a nightclub for trendy young adults. You can lie on couches next to the crowded dance floor while sipping some bubbly.
- 1 Omena Hotel Yrjönkatu, Yrjönkatu 30. A self-service budget hotel concept with no front desk in the centre near Kamppi. Book and pay on the Internet and let yourself in with a passcode. Toilet, shower, 26" LCD-television, small fridge, microwave, water kettle + disposable cups, coffee, tea, hair dryer and dining table. Omena-breakfast €7.50/person. Business-package €16/night includes Internet connection, two volitional movie per day and breakfast. Parking €17.50/night. Omena hotellis have been established in most major Finnish cities and are used widely by Finns travelling in their own country. 4 person room from €45/room..
- 2 Omena Hotel Lönnrotinkatu, Lönnrotinkatu 13. The same budget hotel chain has another hotel a couple of blocks south. 4 person room from €45/room..
- 3 Hotel Finn, Kalevankatu 3B, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 15.00, check-out: 12.00. A young, regenerating hotel right in the city center. Even though the rooms are small and fairly no-frills, the hotel is comfortable and cheap. Under new management, the hotel seems to be getting better (and cheaper) by the day. There are 27 rooms, which can accommodate from one to four people per room. Location absolutely perfect. From 55€.
- 5 [dead link] Travellers Home, Lönnrotinkatu 16 D. Central location, clean, and good amenities. Wi-fi €5/day. Fully-furnished flat from €85/night.
- 8 Sokos Hotel Aleksanteri, Albertinkatu 34, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Situated in the heart of the city in the trendy Punavuori neighbourhood, next to the historical Alexander Theatre. From €139.
Wireless internet can be used in some of the branches of city library (for example Lauttasaari library).