Helsinki House of Culture

Kulttuuritalo (Helsinki House of Culture) is possibly the most iconic concert venue in Helsinki today. It was designed by the legendary Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk and Duke Ellington played there. Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Cream, too. When a relatively new band called Queen played in 1974, theContinue reading “Helsinki House of Culture”

The Helsinki Book Fair

The Helsinki Book Fair is an annual celebration of the printed word. It is held at the Expo and Convention Centre in Pasila and fills vast halls with publishers and shops great and small. I am told 90,000 visitors came this year, which is a new record. It is a bustling market of books andContinue reading “The Helsinki Book Fair”

The Best Pizza in Helsinki

It is very easy to find good pizza in Helsinki. Putte’s is the classic. Daddy Greens is my favorite after homemade pizza. There are numerous other small places peppered around town that serve perfectly acceptable pizza. Then there is Via Tribunali. Via Tribunali became famous after their first location opened in the more touristy sectionContinue reading “The Best Pizza in Helsinki”

Kumpula Botanical Garden

The Kumpula Botanical Garden is one of Helsinki’s best kept secrets. The premises seem smaller from the outside than they actually are. Once inside, you will find that its collections include domestic species and exotic plants from around the world. There is a nice little cafĂ© on the grounds. A manor house has stood onContinue reading “Kumpula Botanical Garden”

Tallinn Is Not Helsinki

I know this blog is about Helsinki, but it would be silly not to mention Tallinn. It’s a Helsinki thing. Several ferries crisscross between the two cities. Some are more luxurious than others, but even the scruffier ones have food, drinks and entertainment. If you need a break from your fellow passengers, you can reserveContinue reading “Tallinn Is Not Helsinki”