Olo restaurant, Finland’s answer to Noma, contributes to Scandinavia’s significance as a world-class culinary centre. Interior designer Kari Lappalainen’s warm, innovative use of wilderness-sourced ornaments, dark wooden furniture and classic white tablecloths merges a rural aesthetic with classically cosmopolitan chic. The striking Nordic menu is an elegant offering of fresh, local and seasonal ingredients prepared by star chefs Pekka Terävä and Petri Lukkarinen.
Olo, Kasarmikatu 44, 00130 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 665565
The charming Töölöntori farmers’ market and street fair is one of Finland’s alluring weekend destinations. Locals love to linger in the delightful cafes and coffee shops that surround friendly stalls offering farm produce and organic beauty products. The district’s stark, imposing architecture offers an appealing contrast between urban sophistication and country fare.
The Kunsthalle Helsinki, one of Scandinavia’s leading contemporary art institutions, hosts exhibitions by challenging artists alongside studio shows, events, concerts and cross-disciplinary programmes in design and architecture. The Age of Elegance solo exhibition by Claire Aho, Pekka Kauhanen’s The Hound, the Boy and the Snowman and the eye-opening Colours of Estonia show are striking examples of the cultural contributions of this trail-blazing exhibition space.
Kunsthalle Helsinki, Nervanderinkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 454 2060
Mekkomania is a reminder of the days when women would never leave the house without heels and lipstick. Finland is a treasure trove of authentic vintage dresses, many dating from the 50s, 60s and 70s. The welcoming staff at Mekkomania are glad to offer guidance to curious visitors and fashion connoisseurs alike. Finds from Mekkomania can be sprinkled throughout contemporary wardrobes to update today’s style with timeless touches.
Mekkomania, Mannerheimintie 31, 00250 Helsinki, +358 (0)40 172 4970