The issue with travel guides is lack of inspiration, design orientation and amount of crowd on popular sights. I found out that a successful design trip is a combination of beautiful places, modern technology and being in well thought environment and small everyday things.
To find design kicks I plan where and what I’d like to see. I combined spots, good coffee places and museums.
Kiasma Museum of modern art Definitely the best in the city. All the times I’ve been the show was great, idea inspiring and astonishing. Ticket €15. First Friday of the month is free. And the building is awesome too.
Amos Rex museum The building is stunning. €18
Helsinki Design museum Showcasing Finnish industrial and graphic design. The exhibition is not big but with a good sense of humour and positive attitude.
All West metro stations: Matinkylä, Niittykumpu, Urheilupuisto, Tapiola, Aalto University, Keilaniemi. Also worth visiting Kamppi and Central Railway Station. University of Helsinki entrance looks like a cave! At last on Vuosaari there is a cool metro bridge.
The two-hour ticket should cover visiting all of them with taking pictures.
Sis. Deli + Café (Kalevankatu 4) Breakfast with porridge pot and coffee is great. Small, cosy and authentic. Interior is a mix of industrial and Scandinavian.
Story (Urho Kekkosenkatu 1, 5 flour) Panorama on the central square of the city from Kamppi. Coffee was tasty. Porridge included. Go there for view. Porridge + coffee breakfast from 11€.
Locations and places
Eira – modern expensive houses near the sea shore. A pleasant park and lack of tourists.