While Punavuori has a chequered past, this small district, easily explored on foot, is now crammed with charming cafés, trendy bars, cool shops and the prettiest parks in Helsinki. Punavuori’s unique boutiqes range from record stores to outlets for the latest fashions. Explore the local churches, located in Punavuori’s beautiful parks, lose yourself in its winding streets and enjoy the district’s charm. When you’re ready for a pause, Punavuori also boasts two of Helsinki’s top refreshment stops, the Sea Horse restaurant and Café Succes.
Ravintola Sea Horse
The Sea Horse restaurant is featured in every guide book, and rightly so. Its traditional Finnish fish soup is the best in town and the menu has not changed in decades; dishes are big, hearty and simple, while the service is friendly and polite. Sea Horse is also one of the few places that still serves a shot of Finnish vodka as a starter rather than as an aperitif. Sea Horse is a true old-school Helsinki experience that should not be missed.
Ravintola Sea Horse, Kapteeninkatu 11, 00140 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 628169
Just up the street from Sea Horse, you can find the best cinnamon rolls in Helsinki, maybe even in whole of Finland. Like many other well-known Punavuori venues, Café Succès has been serving its loyal customers for decades. In the summer its outdoor terrace is a great place for people-watching while sipping a coffee. On cold winter days this is the perfect location to escape the darkness and snow outside.
Cafe Succes, Korkeavuorenkatu 2, 00140 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 633414