Helsinki Weekend with Friends

Helsinki is a compact capital city perfectly suited for a weekend exploration. Finnish design, a booming restaurant scene, a variety of bars and great shopping are things that might just make you repeat your visit.

Helsinki is a convenient city: all the essentials for a weekend city break are within walking distance, and further sightseeing is easily done by hopping on one of the city’s iconic trams. There are a number of opportunities to explore the wide spectrum of Finnish design in Helsinki: tours of the Design Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, are good starting points. Shopping in Helsinki often starts at Stockmann, the country’s most famous department store, which prides itself on its massive selection. In case you’re wondering about the crowds in front of the main entrance, “under the clock” is the city’s most popular meeting point.

Here are a few tips on how to make the best out of your stay.


Helsinki is a modern, pocket-sized European city known for design and high technology. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, as well as its location between the East and the West.