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04-21-2011, 02:24 PM
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Helsinki INFO

Hey guys heading to Sweden (Stockholm) and Finland (Helsinki) for ten days to coach hockey.

Just wondering what is good for night life... what type of foods I should be expecting in either city and any points of interests. Sports bars etc etc...

Also how much English do these countries speak?

Thanks in advance

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04-21-2011, 02:53 PM
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Almost everyone speaks english. You should easily find bar/disco if stay in hotel near the center. I dont know when you are coming, but if it happens to be 30. April or 1. May you get to see walpurgis night celebration. Then you dont have to look for a bar because local people will get drunk casually on the streets during daytime. In the evening things just get wilder...

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Almost everyone speaks english. You should easily find bar/disco if stay in hotel near the center. I dont know when you are coming, but if it happens to be 30. April or 1. May you get to see walpurgis night celebration. Then you dont have to look for a bar because local people will get drunk casually on the streets during daytime. In the evening things just get wilder...
I will be there on those dates and I am pumped after reading about that party.... we are staying in the centre of Helsinki... pretty pumped right now...

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During Vappu it can be odd to see also young teenagers drunk on the streets and evening time it should a big party what ever club/restaurant/bar you pick. Here is few tips:

-Sports bars:

Sports Academy the number 1 in town and I guess in whole country
Sport Pub Chelsea

-Finnish food, Ravintola Juuri:
http://www.juuri.fi/en/

-And then expensive one, Chez Dominique:

St Pellergrinos The World's 50 Best Restaurants list 2010 = #23
St Pellergrinos The World's 50 Best Restaurants list 2011 = #35
2 Michelin stars

http://www.chezdominique.fi/home_cd2?

Other Michelin Restaurants:
* Carma
* Demo
* Postres
* Luomo

Bib Gourmands (good food at moderate prices):
* Grotesk
* Mecca
* Solna

Here is some more restaurants:
http://www.tripadvisor.in/Restaurant...n_Finland.html

-A21 Cocktail Lounge
http://www.a21.fi/index2.php?view=article&id=3

-TORNI HOTEL – Rooftop Bar
http://www.ravintolatorni.fi/en/ateljee-bar.html

-And always a good place to start party evenings before hitting the downtown area is Kallio (the Rock) District with hundreds of pubs/bars and cheap prices,
you can find messy and drunkish places but also classier/hip ones and something in between:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kallio

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You'll see there are a lot of similarities between Sweden and Finland.

Generally us Helsinkians speak good English, but there are some exceptions. If you run up to a jerk that doesn't speak the language well, don't stop trying, most of us do speak it well.

And as Finnpinn said, there are some nice workingclass places outside of the "imperial center" (yeah i know) like Punavuori (<- maybe not nowadays a workingclass place) Kallio, Hakaniemi, Alppila etc. etc. those are the places you are going to see real Helsinkians.

But if you want to party it's better to stay in the real center.

Btw if you are using the metro (which i think you should, as then you'll be able to go to places faster and find maybe some places that are less known), i suggest that you should not go to any place eastern than Hakaniemi maybe. Believe me you don't want to.

If you want to do something different, try Yrjönkatu swimming hall. It's absolutely beautiful. Some people swim naked, but you are allowed to use swimming trunks aswell. There are different times for women and men.


Just in case you want to, costs only 4.60 euros. And it's owned by the Helsinki city so shouldn't be anything creepy.


Just to throw in something different.

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