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5 shiok places to go in Helsinki.

Eat Helsinki, Things to do in Helsinki

Recently I’d noticed a trend of Singaporeans coming to Helsinki, and then proceeding on to see the Ice Igloo at Ivalo. They asked me to recommend places to go, and so I thought I’d write a brief post on it.

By the way, I’d spoken to the CEO at Klauskautten before, and even he thinks Singapore is part of China LOL~ So good luck being there. Also I heard from fellow Singaporeans who spent a huge amount to go there that the place is overpriced, has bad service and is grossly overrated with terrible toilets HAHAHA. I personally won’t go there since it sounds like a money-sucking place. There are alternatives like Olokolo, for instance.

But well, well, well–YOLO bucket list, yes!

At any rate here are the 5 places I would personally recommend you to go to in Helsinki.

#1: The bucket-list cafe to go to in Helsinki: Cafe Kokko

I’d strongly recommend this place because of the owner–he’s super friendly, kind, sincere, and most importantly he bakes yummy raw cakes. i think he’s also a yoga-guru which is totally like, wow.

I really love their raw cakes. 🙂

#2: Buy something at Marimekko.

Apparently some prices of Marimekko in Helsinki are 50% that of in Singapore? I’m not sure leh but that is what I heard.

Thank you to the ladies from Capitol who joined us in the opening celebrations. #marimekkoglobal #marimekko #marimekkosg

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I think they all wore it well! But Marimekko with the unikko (the trademark flower) is really pretty, so I think it’s cool to take a photo there.

#3: Take a selfie at the Torni Toilet.

Most known toilet in Helsinki. 12th floor and luxury view. #helsinki #tornitoilet #luxurytoilet

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That particular toilet has a great view of the city. The general landscape of Helsinki is flat, so you can just go to this toilet to take a dump and enjoy the beauty of Helsinki’s landscape.

Torni is at Yrjönkatu 26, FI-00100 Helsinki.

#4: Go to supermarket (“K supermarket”/ “S Supermarket”/ “Lidl”) to buy Fazer chocolates as souvenirs.

Check the fangirl raves here.

#5: Visit stores that are going bankrupt!

I’m not sure if I should be sounding happy–but well, it might be a great idea to visit stores that are going bankrupt if you love shopping. One recent example is Anttila, and they have kodin1, and I think I spent a lot of money buying stationery there LOL, because they were on 60% sale. hmm. 

I’m pretty sure there would be more discounts over the next 2-3 years because retail is doing quite badly in Helsinki. So you might want to take a lookout for up to 80% discounts if you are into shopping?

I once saw Ecco shoes/bags at 50% off and I went like “whoa the Singapore retail is really 敲诈 ”

Things like shoes, bags and clothes will have a lower price level than that of Singapore.

TIP: You should always use the travel navigator to navigate. Those are super useful! Just copy and paste the address into the website and they’d tell you steps to take to get to wherever you want to get to.

TIP2: Get a 2-3day unlimited travel pass from this place called “R” Kioski! It would save you a lot of travel money around the city. “R” Kioski looks like that:

OK! Hope this brief guide helps, bye!


EARS in Helsinki

Helsinki Events

What is EARS? You may ask. It actually stands for “Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions”, and it is this amazing platform that brings creative industry professionals and practitioners together in Helsinki! The idea is to discover culture, business opportunities, share best practices and be inspired by other like-minded people in the industries, and their ideas.

So EARS on Helsinki took place three weeks ago, in September 4-7 2014. I had the HUGE privilege of attending EARS on media pass, as a Singaporean journalist! I really, really loved the event, and learnt much about the latest trends on music, design, performing arts and the media! It was really nice to have lunch with fellow distinguished Singaporean Tang Fu Kuen as well!  I love the fact that EARS is a combination of conference and cultural activities.

Here’s my media pass. 🙂

One of the really cool talks at EARS on Thursday.

The amazing EARS team!! 🙂 I love how vibrant and enthusiastic everyone is.

Amazing videographer Juliana Kontinen.

We also had the chance to visit the Helsinki Design Week exhibitions, at the Abattoir. It was nothing short of innovative and amazing.  We got to see some of the most eco-friendly, sustainable designs made in Finland, by Finns and the Nordic nations.

It’s time for coffee! And I found this angel Paulig coffee packet to be soooo cute!

Okay now I’m going to tell you all about this amazing Finnish brand I’d discovered at the Helsinki Design Week. It’s called Hile Finland, and the coffee scoop design is simply ingenious:

It’s basically like a scoop and a peg at the same time! How amazing is that! Everytime I make coffee in Suomi, I always had to find the scoop and a rubber band separately. With this, you will never need to worry about losing your scoop (or rubber bands) ever again. It’s ingenious design–despite being so simple!!!

You can buy it here at Hile’s webshop!!

Oh they had this really cool museum-like exhibition in this shelter, made entirely by cart-boxes. Way cool!

Innovative table design, eh!

I found this bag of prunes on the table. They tasted really good!

See how sturdy the house is, built entirely out of cart-boxes?

Oh at the conference we took some photos of really cool Finnish fashion designers as well. Love their designs!

We also went to the museum for rounds of networking and drinks.

A really sophisticated lift door, I must say.

Speech by the director of Helsinki Festival. Love his hairstyle.

Tommi Toija is a super talented sculptor by the way.

I thoroughly enjoyed the event. You should come to Finland for EARS 2015! Be sure to mark the date on your calendar!

Meanwhile, be sure to like EARS on facebook! Cover photo credits to Tuulia Kolehmainen; that is me in the pink dress by the way! 🙂