Helsinki is a wonderful city to explore by foot, bike, tram and ferry. Here are the top things to do in Helsinki, a designated UNESCO City of Design.

Top things to do in Helsinki

  • Marvel at the architectural splendor of Helsinki.
Discover the architecture - Helsinki is part of the designated UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Here are the top things to do in Helsinki Finland a City of Design. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Discover the architecture – Helsinki is part of the designated UNESCO Creative Cities Network.  Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

  • Take a walking tour of Old Helsinki’s Art Nouveau architecture in the Katajanokka area.
  • Wander through the Market Square. The outdoor market is filled with a variety of offerings. Shop for handmade jewelry, crafts, souvenirs, foods and more. Pick up traditional Finnish dishes. Try the reindeer or grilled salmon. Find out more about traditional foods of Finland.
Visit Market Square - Helsinki is part of the designated UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Here are the top things to do in Helsinki Finland a City of Design. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Visit Market Square – one of the top things to do in Helsinki, Finland, a City of Design. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

  • Explore the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Its striking Byzantine Revival architecture can be seen from Helsinki’s harbour. The cathedral was built from 1862-1868 and has 13 onion domes. It was designed by Russian architect Aleksei Gornostayev, who died before seeing it built.
Explore the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Helsinki is part of the designated UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Here are the top things to do in Helsink Finland a City of Design. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Explore the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Helsinki is part of the designated UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

  • Visit the Kauppatori market hall. It is beside Helsinki’s harbour near Market Square. The hall’s architecture is byzantine revival. The market is usually open every day except Sunday. Discover local delicious foods. Everything is so tempting and you will want to try a few items. See more photos of traditional foods of Helsinki, Finland.
The Old Market Hall at Vanha Kauppahalli in Helsinki is fit for any foodie with an abundance of fresh authentic delicious foods produced locally. The market is located centrally on Helsinki's harbour near Market Square and has been open since 1889.

The Old Market Hall at Vanha Kauppahalli in Helsinki is fit for any foodie. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

  • Marvel at the splendor of the 19th century neoclassical-designed Senate Square, Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral and similar buildings in the area. The cathedral was built during the time of the Russian rule and originally named St. Nicholas Cathedral.
Discover the architecture - Helsinki is part of the designated UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Here are the top things to do in Helsinki Finland a City of Design. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Visit Senate Square – Discover the architecture – Helsinki is part of the designated UNESCO Creative Cities Network.  Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

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  • Browse the Design District, the centre of Finnish design or take a Design District Walking Tour.
  • Visit the old customs warehouse in Helsinki, Katajanokka.
The old customs house - Helsinki is part of the designated UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Here are the top things to do in Helsinki Finland a City of Design. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

The old customs house – Helsinki is part of the designated UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

  • Enjoy a summer concert in Esplanade Park.
Listen to a concert in the park - Helsinki is part of the designated UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Here are the top things to do in Helsinki Finland a City of Design. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Listen to a concert in the park – Helsinki is part of the designated UNESCO Creative Cities Network.  Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

  • Experience a 90 minute canal tour.
  • Take a harbour cruise through the archipelago among a few of the almost 300 islands.

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  • Take a day trip to one of the popular islands. Korkeasaari Island is the location of Finland’s largest zoo. Pihlajasaari Island has sandy beaches.

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