Visiting the city


About Helsinki

Helsinki is a modern, urban capital city and home to around 600,000 residents. Helsinki offers a wide range of experiences throughout the year – including over 3,000 events, a maritime setting, a window into Finnish design, a dynamic food culture, intriguing neighbourhoods, layers of both classic and contemporary architecture, museums and culture, the best shopping opportunities in the country, and a vibrant nightlife.

Helsinki is also in a continual process of growth and renewal. For instance, currently whole new neighbourhoods are being built, combining nature, design and an urban lifestyle in unique ways. One of the most interesting new neighbourhoods is Kruunuvuorenranta: its distinguishing features will be its lighting and light art installations, which can be admired from downtown, from the sea and nearby islands.

Why come to Helsinki in September?

September is an excellent time to visit Helsinki. The city is full of trees and parks, and in September the autumn leaves glow in their finest colours. However, it is also still rather warm, and the nights darken softly.
September is a harvest month, providing a feast for gourmands: fresh berries, fruits and root vegetables turn into mouth-watering meals in the skilful hands of Helsinki cooks. The season for delicious game and fish dishes is also at its height in September.
Helsinki in September is refreshing, colourful and full of atmosphere. We warmly welcome you to get acquainted with the city!


4 things to do in Helsinki in September:

  1. Pop by the Old Market Hall for some shopping. The hall, founded in 1889, is known for its first-class selection of sweet and savoury delicacies.
  2. Admire the autumnal glow of Helsinki from on high! Excellent lookout posts include the legendary Olympic Stadium Tower, the Finnair SkyWheel at the Market Square, and the fascinating Restaurant Torni.
  3. If you get caught in the rain, escape into one of Helsinki’s charming cafés. Some popular new cafés include Kuppi&Muffini (Kalevankatu 17), Café Kokko (Kalevankatu 31 A), Anna22 (Annankatu 22), and Bergga (Viides linja 14).
  4. Drop in to enjoy a cinematic experience: Finland’s biggest film festival Rakkautta & Anarkiaa (Love & Anarchy) will be held for the 28th time during 17–29 September 2015! During the festival, films by both well-known creators and fresh new talents will be shown in theatres around Helsinki, almost always in the original language and with English subtitles.
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