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Helsinki city center is an area around Market Square - Senate Square - Aleksanterinkatu - Esplanade Park. City center is quite compact, main sights and best restaurants are in a walking distance. City center is quite compact, main sights and best restaurants are in a walking distance.

1. Hotel Kämp

Hotel Kämp

Hotel Kamp is an outstanding luxurious hotel in Helsinki. Hotel facing the Esplanade Park - the heart of Helsinki, next to the Kamp Galleria shopping center and Aleksanterinkatu shopping street. Main Helsinki attraction - Senate Square - 350m from the hotel.

Hotel combines historical elegance with a boutique chic. Rooms equipped with luxurious marble bathrooms and glamour interiors.
Free access to the Kämp Spa for guests: traditional Finnish sauna, steam bath and a spa lounge.

  • Kamp galleria shopping center on cite
  • Helsinki Cathedral 400 m
  • Kappeli restaurant - 150 m
  • Esplanade park

2. Glo Hotel Kluuvi

Glo Hotel Kluuvi

Glo Hotel Kluuvi has one of the best central location in Helsinki. Located on a pedestrian street, next to Galleria Esplanade Shopping Centre. Legendary Fazer Café with Finnish chocolate and sweets is right opposite the hotel. Helsinki Cathedral - 400 m. Helsinki Central Station - 500 m.

Rooms from compact (13sq.m) to exclusive suites with King size bed. Elegant interiors. Hotel offers high-class person transportation and private transfers from airport.

  • stockmann shoping center - 350 m
  • Beer Pub tram stop - 500 m
  • sky wheel - 1 km
  • Fazer cafe - opposite

3. Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki

Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki

Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki - Scandinavian design hotel, next to Aleksanterinkatu shopping street. Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square - 300m.

Light interiors and spacious rooms. Family rooms available. Some rooms have a private sauna.
Sauna for hotel guests (ladies and gentlemen at different time). The summer terrace to enjoy the city atmosphere. Discounted price for EasyFit Helsinki fitness Club for hotel guests.

  • city bus stop - 260 m
  • sky wheel - 1 km
  • Esplanade park - 400 m
  • hard-rock cafe - 400 m

4. Hotel Rivoli Jardin

Hotel Rivoli Jardin

It is a stylish small boutique hotel (55 rooms). Located in the Helsinki downtown, in a quiet inner courtyard, next to the Esplanadi park and shopping streets. 10 min walk to Helsinki Central Station.

Hotel has a lot of little touches in design. Rooms are individually decorated. 1 suite with a sauna, jacuzzi and a balcony with a view of the Helsinki rooftops. Gym and sauna for a little fee available. WIFI is free.

  • Senate Square -600 m
  • Espland cafe - 350 m
  • Esplanad shopping center - 400 m
  • Market Square - 450 m

5. Hotel F6

Hotel F6

Hotel F6 is a family owned boutique hotel. Located in the Helsinki city center, 5-minute walk to Esplanadi park and Aleksanterinkatu shopping street.

One of the top-rated hotel in Helsinki by travellers all over the world. Hotel is highly valued for it's staff, location, unique style and atmosphere, nicely designed courtyard-patio.

Rooms are 25m2 - 42m2. Finnish home-style breakfast is prepared in front of the guests. Organic and local ingredients are used. Free gym. 4 free bicycles.

  • Esplanade park - 100 m
  • Kappeli restaurant - 300 m
  • Esplanad shopping center - 300 m
  • Helsinki Cathedral 500 m

6. Best Western Hotel Carlton

Best Western Hotel Carlton

Best Western Hotel Carlton is a functional hotel close to the city center. Helsinki Central Railway Station - 250m. Bus station, tram stops and metro station are located just next to the hotel.

21 rooms with a slightly different interior. Rooms are located on floor 2, accessible by a staircase.
Robert's Coffee and Lost in Helsinki Restaurant & Bar are located on the 1st floor, right next to the reception.

  • Central Station - 350 m
  • Sky Wheel - 1.2 km
  • Stockmann shoping center - 500 m
  • Beer Koff tram stop - 200 m

7. Scandic Kaisaniemi

Scandic Kaisaniemi

Scandic Kaisaniemi - a comfortable hotel in the centre of Helsinki. Helsinki Central Station - 350 metres. Helsinki Cathedral - 250 metres.

Rooms from Small 12m² to Superior Plus 45m² up to 6 people. Some of the rooms have a view to the busy Kaisaniemenkatu, others to the quiet courtyard.

Daily breakfast buffet. Takeaway breakfast bag can be ordered. Sauna, a small lobby bar.

  • City bus stop - 450 м
  • Cafe Fazer - 350 m
  • Central Station - 450 m
  • Marimekko shop - 600 м

8. Hotel Lilla Roberts

Hotel Lilla Roberts

Hotel Lilla Roberts is an elegant boutique hotel located in a quiet courtyard of Design District of Helsinki, 300m from Esplanade Park and city center.

Stylish and functional rooms 24-100sq.m. Lobby with a fireplace. Free use of bicycles, free 24-hour gym and laundry services. Hotel has summer courtyard terrace. Pet friendly hotels (extra fee for pets).

  • Helsinki Cathedral 800 m
  • Esplanade park - 500 m
  • Stockmann shoping center - 500 m
  • Silja Line terminal - 850 m

9. Hotel Haven

Hotel Haven

Hotel Haven - small luxury boutique hotel in Helsinki, next to the harbour and Market Square.

137 individual rooms with luxury beds, spa-style bathrooms. Suites with views of the Presidential Palace, the Market Place and the Uspenski Cathedral.

Elegant lobby with fireplace. Premium restaurant at the hotel with a view. Breakfast is set in the Sundmans building, the 2nd oldest stone building in Helsinki. Free gym. The covered inner courtyard.

  • Helsinki Cathedral - 350 m
  • Esplanade park - 100 m
  • Goodwin steak house restaurant - 150 m
  • Stockmann shopping center - 600 m

10. Hotel Arthur

Hotel Arthur

Hotel Arthur is a 3 star reasonable priced hotel 350m from the Central Train Station. The metro station and tram stops are next to the hotel.

Rooms in different categories: standard single or double rooms, family rooms 3-5 persons, rooms for business guests. Free WiFi. Sauna for a little fee. Value of money choice for stopover in Helsinki.

  • havis amanda - 800 m
  • Central Station - 550 m
  • Presidential Palace - 1 km
  • Relandersgrund restaurant - 1 km
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23 November 2018 Allas Moonlight Swim
Allas Sea Pool is organizing moonlight swim outdoors in a heated pool during autumn season under the glooming light of the full moon.
Bistro is open until midnight.
Allas Sea Pool
24.10. 19.00-22.00
23.11. 19.00-22.00
22.12. 19.00-22.00
Tickets 14€ at the entrance
Allas Sea Pool, 00160 Helsinki, Finland
24 November 2018 Christmas Market at National Museum 2018
The Christmas market at the National Museum showcases more than 20 different museum shops from all around the country.
It offers many products that cannot be found anywhere else. There are also beautiful Christmas season's items on sale.
National Museum
24.11. 11.00-17.00
Free entry
National Museum, Mannerheimintie 34, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
25 November 2018 Opening of Aleksanterinkatu Christmas Street 2018
The Christmas season traditionally begins in Helsinki with the opening of the Christmas Street, which takes place this year on Sunday 25 November.
The opening ceremonies include the eagerly anticipated switching on of the Christmas lights along Aleksanterinkatu.
The event begins at 2pm at Senate Square with a charity market where visitors can find Christmas treats, such as Christmas porridge, mulled wine and pastries.
Santa Claus will arrive at Senate Square aboard a historic tram and switch on the Christmas lights at 4 pm. After that a Christmas Parade will proceed along the streets Unioninkatu, Aleksanterinkatu, Mannerheimintie and Pohjoisesplanadi, where visitors will have the chance to see Santa and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.
Aleksanterinkatu, Aleksanterinkatu, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
24 November 2018 - 25 November 2018 Korjaamo Christmas Market 2018
Korjaamo Christmas Market offers a kick off for the Christmas season. At the market it is possible to find unique, sustainable and local gifts for your loved ones.
Korjaamo, Vaunusali & Kulmasali
24.-25.11. 11.00-17.00
Free entry
Korjaamo Culture Factory, Töölönkatu 51, 00250 Helsinki, Finland
1 December 2018 - 22 December 2018 Helsinki Christmas Market 2018
Helsinki Christmas Market is the oldest and largest event of its kind in Helsinki. Taking place in the centre of Helsinki in the Senate Square the Christmas Market attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
The centre of the market is home to a cluster of licensed food courts focusing on regional specialities. In the gift alleys surrounding the food courts, there are over a hundred vendors selling traditional handicraft, the latest design and utility products, as well as produce from primary producers and farms.
The heart of the market beats to a hugely popular, old-fashioned merry-go-round offering free rides to children and others who are young at heart.
Senate Square, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
5 December 2018 - 9 December 2018 Wanha Satama Christmas 2018
Wanha Satama Christmas is a visual Christmas event for the whole family.
The event is featuring Christmas market, Christmas carols, work shop for children, Santa Claus, bouncy castle and much more.
Wanha Satama, Pikku Satamakatu 3-5, 00160 Helsinki, Finland
22 December 2018 - 24 December 2018 Helsinki International Christmas Market 2018
TMK Tori- ja markkinakaupan palvelukeskus is the biggest market operator in Finland and now it will organize unique Helsinki International Christmas market event for the first time. The market place is located in Kamppi near bus station, metro station and railway station. There are thousands of people walking through the market area everyday.
The idea is to bring a wonderful international christmas market spirit and a christmas specialities from different European countries and provinces/regions. There is a carousel with christmas lights, program every day and stunning nativity scene.
The market is accomplished with wooden Christmas cottages and market traders own equiptment. These all are equipped with beautiful Christmas decoration.
Lasipalatsin aukio Square open daily 10.00-20.00
Lasipalatsi Square, 00160 Helsinki, Finland
22 December 2018 Allas Moonlight Swim
Allas Sea Pool is organizing moonlight swim outdoors in a heated pool during autumn season under the glooming light of the full moon.
Bistro is open until midnight.

Allas Sea Pool
24.10. 19.00-22.00
23.11. 19.00-22.00
22.12. 19.00-22.00
Tickets 14€ at the entrance
Allas Sea Pool, 00160 Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki city center attractions

1. Esplanade Park

Esplanade Park

The Esplanade Park is one of the best places in the heart of Helsinki to have a picnic, meet with friend, having an ice cream or listen to some street musicians.

During Christmas time special illumination turn the park in a completely fabulous appearance worth visiting and making a photo.

2. Senate Square

Senate Square

The Senate Square is the starting point for Helsinki exploring and must place to go. This is the drop and pick up point for the hop on hop off buses.

To get a better view of the Square and city panorama, climb all the steps up to Helsinki Cathedral, or go around the left side.

Digital carillon music called the Sound of the Senate Square is played daily at 17:49. The optimal listening position is near the bronze statue of Alexander II in the center of the Square.

3. Market Square

Market Square

Market Square is one of the reasonable prices places to have a full meal in Helsinki. There are tents with local street food worth tasting (traditional salmon or reindeer burger for example), coffee and pastries, and other treats as well as great sea views.

Open Mo-Fri 06:30-18, Sat 06:30-16, Sun 10-17.

Year-round ferry to Suomenlinna Fortress departing from Market Square.

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