A Day in Punavuori and Around
In the past, Punavuori was a working-class neighborhood but nowadays it’s a lively area where you can find many trendy restaurants, cafés, bars, little shops and art galleries. Plan your day in Punavuori with these tips that Vilma from TRE picked from Our favorite places in Helsinki 2018 map. There's also extra tips from the area!
Start your day in Punavuori with a breakfast at Café Kuuma (Albertinkatu 6). Freshly decorated Kuuma offers all-day breakfast. You can choose either individual dishes or combine a full breakfast set from various dishes for €16. I recommend the full set, as this breakfast is to die for! My choice for the breakfast would be a healthy chia pudding and avocado toast with a glass of apple-ginger-lemon juice. And a coffee, of course, can’t start a day without!
Make finds from local shops
From Kuuma, head to Fredrikinkatu and stroll the street upwards. Fredrikinkatu is full of small boutiques, so it’s a great place to find souvenirs for you and your friends. Besides many clothing and interior design boutiques, from Fredrikinkatu you can find for example bookstore Nide (Fredrikinkatu 35), who have a well-curated selection of books – both classics, novelties and fascinating design books – and magazines, cute little candy shop Roobertin Herkku (Fredrikinkatu 19), and Papershop (Fredrikinkatu 18), a stationery shop for all paper lovers. I just can't leave from these stores empty-handed!
Another visit-worthy street on Punavuori is Iso Roobertinkatu, where you can find more nice small boutiques, restaurants, cafés and bars. If you want to hunt some treasures from second-hand stores, go to Fida secondhand (Iso Roobertinkatu 28) where you can find real finds. One of my fellow colleagues just found an unused Burberry trench coat from there for 200 euros! Fida is a Finnish missions and development cooperation organization, so the proceeds from Fida second-hand shops are used to fund the work of Fida International in over 40 countries.
If you’re heading to the seaside, the best way is to walk down the Korkeavuorenkatu. From the street, you’ll find many great shops, restaurants, and cafés. And it’s near the Kaivopuisto park if you want to chill for a moment.
Enjoy culture in museums and art galleries
Do you enjoy more looking at art than running around in shops? Near Punavuori you’ll find the Design Museum (Korkeavuorenkatu 23), which is an internationally recognized national specialist museum of Finnish Design. In the museum, you can educate yourself about the history of Finnish design and Finnish designers. They also exhibit works from both new emerging young artists and well-known designers around the world. Museum's café and shop are also visit-worthy.
If you’ve already seen the Design museum but still crave to see more art, Punavuori has plenty of small art galleries to explore. Helsinki Contemporary (Bulevardi 10) represents the most interesting emerging artists in a bright space, and Galleria Heino (Uudenmaankatu 16-20) showcases Finnish contemporary art in many forms.
Chill in a park
Rest your feet for a moment, and take a nap in a nearby park. Sinebrychoff park was originally a property of the Sinebrychoff Brewery, but it was opened to the public in 1835. And it still is one of the most popular parks in Helsinki. Next to the Sinebrychoff park, you’ll find also the Hietalahti Market Hall. In the summer, there’s also a flea market next to the market hall.
Another even more popular park near Punavuori is Kaivopuisto, where people go jogging, sunbathing, and having picnics. Many concerts are also held in Kaivopuisto in the summer.
Hietalahti flea market. Photo: Helsinki Marketing, Jussi Hellsten
Relaxing dinner perfects the day
After a long day, the best way to unwind is a dinner with your bae or mates at a nice restaurant. Whether you want to eat a full menu or just some light tapas-style food, Basbas & staff winebar (Tehtaankatu 27-29) and Yes Yes Yes (Iso Roobertinkatu 1) are both great choices! You can either eat through the whole menu or choose just a few dishes.
Atmospheric and cozy Basbas & staff winebar has a great selection of natural wines and both classical and experimental foods, which are meant to be shared. The atmospheric restaurant is perfect for both romantic dinners with your bae, afterworks with your colleagues and relaxed evenings with your friends.
Yes Yes Yes offers delicious dishes, and they are all vegetarian! They also serve great drinks, both with and without alcohol. Yes Yes Yes is also worth a visit because of its interior design – the restaurant looks as delicious as the dishes taste! I can't forget their halloumi fries!
If you’re looking for a cheaper option for dinner, head to Hietalahti Market Hall (Lönnrotinkatu 34). The market hall has been turned into a food court, where you’ll find a great selection of different restaurants, offering food from all over the world. Whether you hunger ramen, burger, or Finnish, Portuguese or French food, you’ll find it from there! Hietalahti market hall is open till 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
When the night is young
If you still have some energy left and don’t want the day to be over yet, there are many bars in Punavuori where you can continue your evening. Jackie (Iso Roobertinkatu 21) offers drinks and pizza in a relaxed atmosphere. For beer enthusiasts, Il Birrificio (Fredrikinkatu 22) is a great choice as they also brew their own beers. Soil Wine Room (Fredrikinkatu 37) has a great selection of wines, and the intimate, 27-seat bar serves also tapas.
More of our favorite places in Punavuori (and nearby)
Café Kuuma, Albertinkatu 6
Mat, Iso Roobertinkatu 20-22
Andante, Fredrikinkatu 20
Green Hippo Café, Punavuorenkatu 2
Moko, Perämiehenkatu 10
Levain, Kankurinkatu 6
Brooklyn Café, Fredrikinkatu 19
Basbas & staff winebar, Tehtaankatu 27-29
Yes Yes Yes, Iso Roobertinkatu 1
Hietalahti Market Hall, Lönnrotinkatu 34
Grön, Albertinkatu 36
Pontus, Kapteeninkatu 26
Levain, Kankurinkatu 6
Fabrik & Little Fabrik, Tehtaankatu 25
Il Birrificio, Fredrikinkatu 22
Sushibar + Wine, Uudenmaankatu 15
Levant, Bulevardi 15
Werner, Bulevardi 12
Jackie, Iso Roobertinkatu 21
G Livelab, Yrjönkatu 3
Mattolaituri, Ehrenströmintie 3 A
Apéro, Kalevankatu 46
Boulevard Social, Bulevardi 6
Putte’s, Kalevankatu 6
Corona, Eerikinkatu 11
Liberty or death, Erottajankatu 5
Il Birrificio, Fredrikinkatu 22
Soil Wine Room, Fredrikinkatu 37
Lokal, Annankatu 9
Beam, Erottajankatu 15-17
Samuji House, Erottajankatu 9 B (courtyard)
Variety Vintage, Kalevankatu 33
Nide, Fredrikinkatu 35
Roobertin Herkku, Fredrikinkatu 19
Papershop, Fredrikinkatu 18
Second hand and vintage
Hietalahti Flea Market, Lönnrotinkatu 36
Relove, Pursimiehenkatu 7
UFF, Fredrikinkatu 36
Fida second hand, Iso Roobertinkatu 28
Ruutu-Rouva, Fredrikinkatu 16
Kaunis Veera, Albertinkatu 10
Museums and galleries
Helsinki Contemporary, Bulevardi 10
Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23
Lokal, Annankatu 9
Galerie Anhava, Fredrikinkatu 43
Galleria Heino, Uudenmaankatu 16-20
Galleria Sinne, Iso Roobertinkatu 16
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Text: Vilma Heimonen
Cover photo: Helsinki Marketing, Jenna Pietikäinen