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Minna Parikka: My Helsinki

In between preparations for Copenhagen, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, fashion and footwear designer Minna Parikka steps out with Ashlee Beard to take a tour of Helsinki, the Finnish capital

City Guide
Ashlee Beard,

Where do you live?
Punavuori, slap bang in the heart of Helsinki. What’s best thing about your neighbourhood? It is safe, clean, full of young people and everything I need is nearby.

Where do you like to shop in Helsinki?
A concept store named Helsinki 10 on Eerinkinkatu, Aero on Yrjönkatu for designer furniture and Pop Antik on Iso Roobertinkatu for its collection of antique toys.

Where do you like to eat out?
The Savoy restaurant, where the interior was originally designed by Aino and Alvar Aalto in collaboration with textile artist Dora Jung. I also like Bali-Hai on Iso Roobertinkatu in Punavuori and Kuurna on Meritullinkatu 6, an intimate, cosy neighbourhood restaurant.

Any recommendations for Finnish dishes?
The fish is excellent, especially in the summer time with new potatoes and chanterelle mushrooms.

What should visitors be sure not to miss?
Visit Saunasaari island, where you can rent a smoke sauna and enjoy a cool swim in the sea. It’s the only sauna in the world where you can see the city while sitting in the sauna. Also, walk through the Market Square where you can buy flowers, fruit and vegetables.

What’s your favourite museum?
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma; the building is an experience in itself. What’s your advice for anyone visiting Helsinki? Come between June and August when you can best enjoy nature and the weather.

What can’t you live without?
My bicycle. I ride my bike or my motorcycle everywhere in the city.




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