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Samuli Vauramo: My Helsinki

Samuli Vauramo, one of Finland’s most promising young film, stage and television actors, appears in the forthcoming film The American alongside George Clooney. He guides Ashlee Beard around Helsinki

Ashlee Beard ,

Where do you live?
Helsinki, Finland.

If money were no object, where would you like to live?
I wouldn’t mind moving to Berlin. Love that city!

What are your favourite Helsinki stores?
Rajala Pro Shop for all things photography-related, PukuStudio for tailored suits, I bought mine here, and Partioaitta – whatever you need to survive the great outdoors, you’ll find it.

And your favourite restaurants?
Kabuki on Lapinlahdenkatu for Japanese, it’s small, cosy and the best in town. Bar Tapasta on Uudenmaankatu; as the name says, this is the place for tapas. I also like the Picnic café chain, I love their roast beef baguette.

Do you have a favourite local café?
My favourite café is KaffaRoastery in Punavuori. They have their own roastery on site, coffee doesn’t get much fresher than that.

How do you like to travel around Helsinki?
The city centre is very pedestrian-friendly and easy to navigate. You can actually move faster from A to B on a bike in Helsinki than in a car.

What should visitors be sure not to miss?
I recommend the Suomenlinna sea fortress, just outside Helsinki, in summer time.

Anything you’d recommend visitors avoid?
I would avoid going to a late-night snack kiosk between around 3am and 5am at weekends. Or, at least, I would avoid jumping the queue.

How do you spend a perfect day in Helsinki?
I like to wake up around 9am and take my time with breakfast. If I don’t get a good breakfast I’m a bit sombre until lunch. I’m not much of a club-goer. I go to the movies a lot and like to hang out with friends. Helsinki has a lot of small, clean parks where we spend time during the summer months.



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