We hope that you found the first part of Welcome to Helsinki useful and will use some while planning your holiday to Finland. In continue to it, we decide to prepared some more information about the city.
1) Helsinki’s travel info office is situated at Pohjoisesplanadi 19 and it’s open every day from 9.00 till 18.00. From there you can get for free different maps and info brochures. There are also couple computers with internet connection that you are free to use. From there you could also buy a tickets for sightseeing tours by bus or by boat.
2) If you are interested in shopping, there are five different shopping malls in the center area: Forum, Stockmann, Sokos, Kamppi and Galleria Esplanadi, all are situated within few minutes walk from central railway. Also you can find some design shops in Northern-Esplanade street. There are also shops of famous Finnish brands Iittala and Arabia.
3) The supermarkets are open usually till 22.00 but small grocery-shops could be open longer. There is also an S-Market located next to the Railway station, which is open around the clock so you can always go get something that you need from there.
We have special rules for selling alcohol. From usual shop you can only buy light beverages, for example beer or cider, that are sold between 9.00 and 21.00. For more strong drinks we have separate stores, Alkos. They’re open during weekdays from 9.00 till 20.00 and Saturday till 18.00 but on Sundays they are completely closed.
4) Finally, one more important thing! Helsinki has a lot of free and quite clean public toilets. The green cabins are located all around the city. For same purpose you could also use the City Hall. Don’t be ashamed, they are absolutely ok with it and they mention this in their internet page.
All in all Helsinki is beautiful and green city, with lots of parks. Maybe Helsinki doesn’t have so many sights as other European capitals but in many ways it’s more modern. We believe that you would love the atmosphere of Finnish Capital, will have a nice experience and would like to visit us again.