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Helsinki: Perfect day


City Guide
Ashlee Beard,

9am
Start your day with coffee and a pastry in the 19th-century surroundings of the Franco-Russian Fazer Fazer Café, the original location of Scandinavia’s favourite chocolate brand, Karl Fazer

9.30am
Head to Aleksanterinkatu, Helsinki’s main shopping street, where you’ll find the city’s department stores

10.30am
Take a stroll along Fredrinkinkatu and Uudenmaankatu, streets in the city’s celebrated design district, and check out Helsinki talent in the galleries and boutiques run by local designers

11am
Pick up a divine dress from Paola Ivana Suhonen, creator of Finland’s most famous fashion export, Ivana Helsinki

11.30am
See some of Finland’s finest masterpieces at the Ateneum Art Museum

12.30pm
Grab lunch at Sea Horse on Kapteeninkatu, an institution on the Helsinki dining scene since the 1930s; the grilled herring and beefsteak plates are legendary

2pm
Take a ferry from Market Square to the nearby island of Suomenlinna, a former maritime fortress that dates from the 18th century

4pm
For an ecclesiastical experience visit the subterranean Temppeliaukio Kirkko (rock church), built in 1969 by brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen

8pm
Book a table at Chez Dominique on Rikhardinkatu, listed among the best 25 restaurants in the world; chef Hans Välimäki serves up innovative dishes based on Nordic and French flavours

10.30pm
End the evening at A21 on Annankatu, voted Helsinki’s best cocktail lounge with good reason – it boasts more than 60 cocktails

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