Top Things To Do And See In Helsinki's Kauppatori

Front view of Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral
Front view of Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral | © Mstyslav Chernov/WikiCommons
Rich Francis

Complete with the amazing architecture of the Senate Square, delicious coffee in cute cafeterias, and, as always in Finland’s capital, real Nordic edginess, Helsinki’s Kauppatori is one of the town’s buzzing hearts. Here, we take a look at some of the must do and must see things close by and within its borders.

Front view of Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral

Esplanade Park

The Esplanade Park is a popular place to relax for locals and travelers, and also serves as a host of many popular events, like city jazz concerts, fashion shows, raising of the midsummer pole accompanied by folk dancing and more. Day-to-day, the park is full of street artists and people chilling in the cafes or restaurants, in the summer enjoying a picnic on the green areas surrounded by flowers, statues, and fountains; during the winter taking a stroll in a Christmas wonderland atmosphere with beautiful light decorations to boot.

Esplanade Park, Pohjoisesplanadi, Helsinki, Finland

Esplanade, Helsinki

Old Market Hall

The recently renovated Old Market Hall was first opened in 1889 and is today a protected cultural heritage site of Helsinki. Visitors can find local and exported products like cheese, bread, fish, vegetables, spices and sweets on sale here, and also enjoy delicious cakes and strong Finnish coffee in one of the lovely cafes that pepper the area. On warm days, locals and tourists like to sit outside, in front of the Old Market Hall, and observe the cruise ships arriving into the shore.

Old Market Hall, Eteläranta, Helsinki, Finland

Get the view from SkyWheel

Take a look at the most famous landmarks of Helsinki and the beautiful open sea with its peppering of islands more than 40 meters above the city’s buildings. One of the newest attractions of Helsinki, the SkyWheel gives visitors an opportunity to get a panoramic view over the Finnish capital in modern, comfortable and air-conditioned cabins. For approximately 15 minutes sightseers can gaze at the sights from one of 30 blue-and-white gondolas, enjoying, relaxing and surveying the Nordic scene.

Finnair Skywheel, Skatuddskajen 2, Helsinki, Finland, +358 40 4804604

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