Thursday, February 11, 2016

5+1 x date night in Helsinki

Helsinki, 2 degrees



You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.


As Valentine's Day is approaching, I thought it would be fun to showcase some of Helsinki's romantic spots - ideal for date nights! Planning a date in Helsinki? Why not try one of these places?

Koska ystävänpäivä lähestyy kovaa vauhtia, niin ajattelin jakaa joitakin suosikkipaikkojani Helsingissä. Nämä paikat ovat sekä ihania kavereiden kesken että romanttisia - täydellisiä treffipaikkoja siis! 

Puro Deli & Café

One of my favorite central cafés in Helsinki is definitely the homey deli called Puro because of its cozy atmosphere (there is even a café dog here!) and delicious food. The deli café resembles a Finnish living room.

Yksi suosikkikahviloistani on ehdottomasti deli nimeltään Puro koska se on niin kodikas (paikalla on jopa kahvilakoira!) ja tarjoaa niin hyvää ruokaa. Delikahvila muistuttaa mielestäni paikallista olohuonetta. 

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Gallen-Kallela Museum / Gallen-Kallelan Museo

Designed and built by the Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865 – 1931), the castle-like Tarvaspää studio and residence was opened to the public in 1961 as the Gallen-Kallela Museum. According to me, you need to search for a more romantic place! Since I grew up in the nearby district of Munkkiniemi, I count this museum as a local one, despite the fact that it actually lies on the neighboring city's, Espoo's side, about five minutes from the border of Helsinki.

Taiteilija Akseli Gallen-Kallelan (1865–1931) suunnittelema ja rakentama Tarvaspään ateljeelinna avattiin yleisölle vuonna 1961 Gallen-Kallelan Museona. Romanttisempaa ja tunnelmallisempaa paikkaa saa hakea! Koska olen kasvanut Munkkiniemessä, joka löytyy n. viiden minuutin kävelymatkan päässä museosta, mielestäni museo voidaan laskea helsinkiläiseksi vaikka se todellisuudessa sijaitsee Espoon puolella. 


A21 Dining

A21 Dining focuses on combining wonderful Finnish cocktails with food. There is even a dining room that fits just two persons in this restaurant. What more can you ask of a perfect date night?

Ravintolan erikoisuutena on makujen yhdisteleminen cocktailien ja ruoan merkeissä. Ravintolasta löytyy jopa intiimi ruokailutila, joka on suuniteltu kahdelle hengelle. Mikä olisi sen parempaa treffeille? Kaveriporukka varmasti ilahtuu makukokemusta, joka edustaa arkista hemmottelua.


Farang

Farang is a restaurant that serves modern Asian cuisine, located within the premises of the historical Kunsthalle Helsinki. I love the fact that the restaurant also has a lovely café corner, connected to the museum, so you can choose to visit it for a coffee break or dinner. The dishes can be shared, which I've always found to be romantic!

Farang on Helsingin Taidehallin tiloissa sijaitseva moderni, kaakkois-aasialainen ravintola, jonka ruuat ja juomat tarjoavat uniikkeja, raikkaita Kaakkois-Aasian makuja. Mielestäni on hienoa, että ravintolalla on kulkuyhteys Taidehalliin ja kahvilanurkkaus, eli Farangissa voi poiketa kahvilla tai käydä illallisella. Annokset ovat jaettavissa, mikä mielestäni sekä romanttista että hauskaa kaveriporukassa!


Ragú

The restaurant that is set in a stunning building from the 19th century, you'll taste the best of Nordic cuisine with an Italian twist! Have you seen a more beautiful dessert?

Historiaa kunnioittaen kunnostettu uusrenessanssitalo 1890-luvun alusta tarjoaa upeat puitteet ruokaravintolalle, jossa skandinaavisille mauille ja sesonginmukaisille raaka-aineille tekee seuraa Italian makumaailma! Oletko nähnyt kauniimpaa jälkiruoka-annosta?

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+1 City of Helsinki Winter Garden / Talvipuutarha

You might remember the Winter Garden from this earlier blog post of mine. Have a look what makes it so special!

Ehkä muistatkin talvipuutarhan tästä aikaisemmasta blogikirjoituksestani. Kurkista ja näe mikä tekee tästä paikasta niin erikoisen!




How do you celebrate Valentine's Day? What is your favorite romantic spot? What makes it so special?

Miten juhlit ystävänpäivää? Mikä on suosikkikohteesi Helsingissä treffejä varten? Mikä tekee mielestäsi paikasta romanttisen?



10 comments:

  1. Hi, Elisabeth! I was off for some weeks, and now I am back - when I travel, I don't use internet much. But back now! How is everything? I hope you are fine! I think that your selection of places is amazing and I particularly loved the Ragu - looove Italian cuisine - and the winter gardens! I wish I could be there, it really looks amazing! Hope you have a beautiful weekend!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Hi Denise, welcome back! Ragu is wonderful, and actually the same owners are opening a second restaurant in Helsinki this year - exciting times!

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  2. Nice post!
    Have a lovely new week :)

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

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  3. wow, that winter garden! I and my husband love places like that! I hope we can visit one day :) and the first cafe seems to be wonderful too, especially because of the dog ;) actually we have a cafe with cats in Tallinn!
    anyway, to be honest we had McDonald's meals and self-made wraps for the Valentine's Day this year, so nothing very romantic, haha. but it all tasted good and I'm not a romantic person anyway. I would love to hear about your Valentine's Day though!

    Maiken - Part of me

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    1. I'm happy to hear that you enjoy tropical gardens as much as I do! :) We have a cat café in Helsinki as well, it's a lovely place! In my newest blog post you can see the flowers I got from my fiancé for Valentine's Day!

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  4. I was in Helsinki once and I'm missing. Beautiful city!

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    1. Thanks, I'm happy to hear that you have been to Helsinki once - once is not enough however! ;)

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  5. We usually don't celebrate it much on the day of when it comes to restaurants. They always are super-crowded

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    1. Yeah, that's true and there are so many other ways of celebrating it! :)

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