"A great place to visit!" Helsinki by Arianasarah866
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You arrive by plane at the Vantaa airport. The airport is clean and has qute a few nice shops but it is cheaper to buy in Helsinki itself so save your money! Even duty free can be bought in the Alko shops for less. Make sure to take the airport bus from outside the airport direct to the train station in Helsinki. Its easy and cheaper than a taxi! Taxis wait outside the train station if you need one. Payphones are few and far between, but they are cheap to ring England. far better than our prices!
Helsinki itself is really easy to get around. You can't easily get lost! The Mannerhiemintie is the main road through the centre and from here you can visit a lot of attractions including the kiasma (be warned you cannot take a bag with you, you have to leave it at reception), Stockmanns a fantastically huge department store which is surprisingly well priced for Finnish souvenirs. The streets are clean and large. Another good place to check out is the Kauppatori (market square) with some great stalls and the boat trips all leave from here. The Zoo was great value for money and Suomanlinna was fairly interesting but full of huge insects! Take trams from all round the city. There is a lot of sightseeing buses which are good value, but the trams are a great way to mingle with the locals!
I love Helsinki and would definitly visit again!
All important section lol. My recommendations are based around rock music. Don't forget your passport!
Bar Loose on Fredrinkinkatu was a good starting place. Popular on the local rock scene, the music was more older rock than modern, and not too many seats!
Lost and Found is the popular gay bar and club, however a lot of famous rock stars go here and it was very nice inside and busy after 1am. Try the salmari shots. They are traditional Finnish and good if you like licorice!
Bakers Pub is round the corner from Bakers bar on Mannerhiemintie. Not open all week, the pub is a great place for chilling and the music is good! The bar man takes music requests and you can get chatting to some local rock fans here. My favourite bar in Helsinki!
Arctic Ice Bar is one of those things you MUST do. Smaller than I imagined and in a trendy nightclub, we visited in the afternoon and could enjoy a quiet vodka in there, although it is a little pricey!
Corner Bars (I found 2) played some good music and had plenty of room, however we did get IDd on the evening- You need your passport on Helsinki nights out as they do ask even if you look over age. bar staff not so friendly here!
On The Rocks was near the train station and was airy. Had a nice patio to sit outside, but not much seating inside again.
Tavastia club was quite hard to find and is down a side street from Alexanderinkatu, but a must see for rock fans!
Nosturi club is also popular here for rock music and gigs.
Pick up the free Sue Newspaper at Bar Loose etc for local gig listings. although it is in Finnish!
Foodwise you couldn't beat Golden Rax Pizza buffet. There are several, Cheap, cheerful and lots of good foor (pizza, pasta, chicken) you can eat and drink as much as you want. Well worth it!
Hesburger is the local McDonalds but to be honest I wouldnt bother with it! We waited half an hour for our burger which at lunchtime is disgraceful for a fast food joint!
Lappi was a traditional Lappish restauraunt. Very pricey, but you have to do it for traditional delicacies such as reindeer and wood grouse. YUM!
Over all, lunch time is the best time to eat as many restuaraunts such as Chinese's offer all you can eat lunch time buffets which are worth checking out.
Beware take-away sandwiches! They are obviously something we do better in England.
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- In a nutshell:A must see for rock fans
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