Helsinki for Design Hunters

Whether you are shopping or just exploring, the Finnish capital is a city with some serious style credentials. Great design can be found throughout the city, reaffirming just why it was designated a 2012 World Design Capital. 

If you crave cool, the best place to start the perfect day in Helsinki is the Design District around Diana Park. Follow the black-and-white stickers and discover a hip neighbourhood of 200 trendy boutiques, galleries and eateries. It is a shopping heaven for design aficionados.

This creative hub of 25 streets offers an edgy assortment of fashion, furniture, antiques, home wares and avant-garde accessories. For example, if you want seductive footwear you can visit the Minna Parikka Boutique or find crafts and design classics from the Torikorttelit area near the Senate Square.

Photo by: Tuomas Uusiheimo, Visit Helsinki


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.