This weekend I traveled with two other au pairs in Tampere to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. We took the bus from Tampere and it only cost us around 18 euros round-trip. The trip was also only two hours long. There is also a train you can take and tickets for trains and buses are usually cheaper, but we didn’t book the tickets until the night before. Here is how we spent our day in Helsinki 🙂
One Day in Helsinki:
We got on the bus at 9am and arrived in Helsinki at 12pm so we went to get something to eat first thing. One of the girls knew of a ramen noodle restaurant that was really good so we went there. At first went she suggested ramen noodles I thought of the packets you can get really cheap at the store, but I was surprised by what real ramen noodles are!
After lunch, one of the girls wanted to go to a store called Bypais.
This store has an outlet store about 20 minutes from the center by bus. It was kind of confusing to find because it was in the middle of the country.
When we got back to Helsinki, we went to the city center to see the market.
I have always loved Europe because of their open markets! The smell of the fresh fruit and seeing handmade products is my favorite. The open market is located right by the sea, so it has a great view.
Next stop was the Helsinki Cathedral located in Senate Square.
This is right by the open market and harbor. We stopped to take some pictures and enjoy the view.
We then headed to a cafe for a coffee and cake break!
I really recommend the place we stopped at, Kulma Cafe. The coffee was delicious and the cinnamon roll I had was big!
For the rest of our day until it was time to go back we did some shopping.
I learned a lot about Finnish brands including Iittala and Marimekko. Iittala is a glassware brand that is very popular. In Finland glassware is very popular so almost all Finnish have Iittala in their homes.
Before we got on the bus, we stopped and got some snacks for the ride.
I was introduced to a little pastry that has rice and cheese on top that was so good! It is a Fazer Rukiinen Piira. These are originally from Russia and have different flavors. At the store it was only 39 cents, so a must try!
We had perfect weather for a day in Helsinki!
Helsinki is a beautiful city that I recommend visiting! What is your favorite Scandinavian city?
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