October 17, 2016

Helsinki named as one of Europe’s hidden gems

After originating in Helsinki, the popularity of Restaurant Day has seen the event go global.
After originating in Helsinki, the popularity of Restaurant Day has seen the event go global.
Visit Finland / Saara Salama

Travel website Jetsetter has emphasised Helsinki’s “slightly oddball, fun-loving side” when listing nine cities in Europe that are currently flying under the radar.

Finland’s capital has been recognised as one of the “European cities you probably haven’t visited yet – but should”.

The Jetsetter article cites Helsinki’s abundance of design as of particular note. This can be seen in everything from its architecture to its museums, as well as the Design District, “a walkable route lined with 200 shops, galleries and boutiques showcasing everything fabulous in Finnish design”.

The article also recommends being in town for Restaurant Day, an idea that has spread worldwide after first emerging from the Finnish capital.

Held four times a year, the event is “a kind of global pop-up restaurant experience that happens four times a year, in which thousands of the city’s best cooks gather to host al fresco pop-up restaurants selling everything from Finnish-style doughnuts to Thai curries”.

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