If you're planning to visit Helsinki for a short period, this post is for you! I visited the city in 48 hours last September and absolutely fell in love with it! People in Helsinki are friendly, transportation is great and it's by the water.. The epitome of the perfect Northern city.
Visit the Finnish National Gallery
This is the symbol of Helsinki, or else the gate to Northern land. I haven't personally been inside, but strolling around will already blow your mind.
Helsinki Market Square
Whether you are craving souvenirs or looking for some local food, the Market Square is a place you can't miss on your Helsinki visit. It's opened Monday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm and on Sundays during summer from 10am to 5pm. You can easily walk down from the National Gallery to the Market Square and stroll around the waterfront!
Eat the best Finnish meatballs in town
Ravintola TORI has been qualified to be one of the best restaurants offering delicious meatballs for 14 euros. I was absolutely bluffed by the quality of the food, yet so simple. If some of you dare, there are lots of Reindeer meat specialities all around the city. I did try some on the streets, and now that I am being vegetarian, I'm glad I tried it before! It does not taste bad at all and to be honest, it's part of the adventure.
Visit the beautiful historic island of Suomenlinna
I was about to do the river cruise, priced at 20 euros+ when I saw a local ferry with its destination to this mysterious island. I thought it would still take me on a cruise, and at least I'll be able to discover something different, perhaps less touristy. The ferry will take you there is about 20 minutes for 5 euros return and the place is stunning! I was so lucky with the weather and could have stayed longer but the day started to darken. Ideally, go there on a beautiful day and have a picnic on the hills. It's a true bliss and real getaway; not that Helsinki is hustle and bustle hub.
Couple of days may be short but this city should definitely be on your next bucket list. I'll be back myself for sure, and can't wait to discover the rest of Finland as well.