Helsinki doesn’t quite have dozens of tall skyscrapers for high vantage points, but there are some rooftop bars and terraces that offer amazing views of the city lights nonetheless. From tapas bars in the city centre to urban harbourside joints, here are Helsinki’s best bars with a view!
Bar, Cocktail Bar, European, American, $$$
Bar Ateljee is the most iconic rooftop bar in Helsinki. Located at the city centre in Hotel Torni, Bar Ateljee serves tasty drinks against a backdrop of magnificent views of the yellow and pastel-coloured Art Nouveau buildings. You can take the lift or climb the spiral staircase up to the bar, which is located on the 14th floor and is 70 metres high.
Stockmann Roof by Ravintola Teatteri
Bar, Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Located on the roof of the restaurant complex Teatteri, Roof offers visitors the best views over Helsinki’s grand shopping street and the park in the leafy Esplanadi area. The drinks menu includes beers, ciders, wines and champagnes, which can be accompanied by a selection of sushi. This rooftop summer terrace is a perfect spot for pre-dinner or after-shopping drinks!
Restaurant, Northern European, European, Finnish, $$$
Located in the Kamppi shopping centre, organic food restaurant Jord offers a glorious view from its wall-sized windows. Jord’s beverages include a good selection of wines and also craft beer and cider. A three-course lunch menu with a fabulous view costs €30. Kamppi is a modern shopping centre with Finnish and international stores, which makes Jord a perfect spot for a glass of wine after a day of browsing the shops.
Loiste at Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, European, $$$
Retro rooftop bar Loiste has a genuine atmosphere of the 1950s. Part of Hotel Vaakuna, restaurant Loiste boasts views over the city centre and is open all year round. But the rooftop terrace itself is only open during summer months. Amid sunny skies, the terrace offers memorable, panoramic views of the Central Railway Station as well as the Finnish Parliament House.
Cocktail Bar, European, $$$
The legendary Palace was the first Finnish restaurant awarded a Michelin star. It has recently reopened its doors and – luckily for fans of cocktails – it now features a summertime terrace on its 10th floor. The view over the bay and harbour towards the Presidential Residency is spectacular on a sunny summer’s evening.
Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
This Spanish-inspired tapas and pintxos bar with a Barcelona feel has a trendy terrace in the shopping mall Kamppi. Following the Spanish theme, Bar Cón serves classic cocktails and drinks from the area such as vermouth, which is admittedly not very commonly enjoyed in Finland. It’s a perfect spot to get into an urban Helsinki feel.
Clarion Sky Room
Cocktail Bar, European, $$$
A bit off the immediate city centre of Helsinki, Clarion Hotel is located in an urban harbourside area of Jätkänsaari. The 78 metre-tall hotel has a fabulous Sky Room with sophisticated vibes and spectacular city views. Sleek and urban, the Sky Room is a cocktail lover’s heaven that’s infused with Finnish and global flavours.