Terhi Ruuskanen

Correspondent

  • Helsinki, Finland, Europe

Terhi Ruuskanen is a Forbes travel guide correspondent who covers Helsinki for Forbes Travel Guide. After spending a half a decade studying in Australia, working in the Caribbean and traveling aimlessly all over the globe, she has happily and finally unpacked and settled back in Finland. She works as a freelance journalist and photographer. In addition to doing fashion, portrait and product photography, she writes for magazines. Her work has appeared in the biggest newspaper in Scandinavia, Helsingin Sanomat, as well as sport, travel and women’s magazines. Not surprisingly, her favorite subject is traveling.

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    What are the best parks in Helsinki?

    Helsinki has lot of parks. The city is quite green actually and you don't have to walk carrying your picnic basket for too long to hit the park.

    Kaivopuisto is a very popular park in summertime. You can find many ice cream stands there as well as few cafes and restaurants, such as Mattolaituri or Carusel. The restaurant Kaivohuone is a nightclub with a huge terrace. The park is by the sea and there is a tiny beach for swimming too. Although it is a bit further way, past Carusel.

    The biggest park is the central park and it is big enough to get a little bit lost, too. The park has at least 100 km of hiking trails and jogging paths (ski trails in winter). The Stadium, the playing fields and several sports halls offer many opportunities for different types of sports: swimming, running, tennis,  boxing, fitness training, ice hockey, figure skating, ringette to mention few.

    Other smaller (but very nice!) parks are Kaisaniemenpuisto, Koffinpuisto and Töölönlahti park (wich is really the first art of the massive Central Park.
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    What are the best outdoor activities in Helsinki?

    In summer Helsinki is the city to visit. There are several great things you can do outdoors: roller skating in Kaivopuisto park, swimming at the Olympic Swimming Stadium or playing tennis outdoors in Taivallahti. Or maybe you enjoy some golf? Go to Tali.

    If you want to do some activity, but not get sweaty, head to the Hietanimeneranta beach for some beach volleyball or kaivopuisto for mini golf. Also suntanning on the beach and picnic in the park are lazy ways to be outdoors in summer time.
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    Where can you get the best view of Helsinki?

    Wether it is summer or winter, the city is beautiful from the bird's eye view. Good places to admire the city are the Ateljee Bar (upstairs, Hotel Torni). Palace restaurant with the harbour view. In summertime Panorama carousel at the Linnanmäki amusement park gives you the 360 degree view of the city. The tower of the Olympic Stadium is 72 metres high and gives you a nice view over the city and Töölö area. Tckets 2 euros.

    In the night time you should go to either Nightcub Tiger for a drink or restaurant Loiste for dinner with a view.
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    What are the best attractions in Helsinki?

    The must see attractions are easily seen in a day.

    After the breakfast head to the "white and red churches" aka Helsinki Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko) and Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral near to the president's castle.  

    Then have a lunch on Esplanade park near by. After that walk all the way to the Kaivopuisto park, where you can stop for an ice cold beer or ice cream. 

    Have a afternoon picnic on an island alled Suomenlinna (Maritime Fortress is a splendid UNESCO World Heritage Site). You can by food for the picnic at the Old Market Hall which is where the ferries to the island leave.

    For the dinner come back to the city central. My favourite dining place is Brasserie Kämp on Esplanade park. Better yet: stay at the Hotel Kämp!
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    What are the best wedding venues in Helsinki?

    I am a photographer and shoot wedding sometimes, too. My very favourite location is restaurant Boathouse on an island in front of Kaivopuisto.

    Other popular places to celebrate weddings are Kulosaari or Katajanokka Casino. There are plenty restaurants, just perfect for wedding party. Usually event planners know the best places since the wedding planning is not a big business in Finland.

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    What are the best places to spot celebrities in Helsinki?

    There isn't any place to spot celebrities in Helsinki, because of the culture. We don't follow them around, nor we have any paparazzis. We don't have any area, such as Hollywood, where they live or hang out. If you are lucky, you may spot someone at the club or at the TV studios in Pasila, but that's about it, sorry.
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    What are the best Mexican restaurants in Helsinki?

    ¡Ay, caramba! The Mexican food scene has exploded in Helsinki in just recently. We have a mad selection of excellent Mexican restaurants that mexican food lover shouldn't miss. Where to start?

    Pueblo, Bar Llamas, Lupolo, Patrona. These restaurants make their own tacos and nachos in addition to everything on the menu. I have dined in all of them and still can't tell which one I like the most. Oh, bar Llamas only has lunch, not dinner, but the sweet drinks you can drink while swinging in the swing right by the bar. Waitreses speak fluent English and most of them Spanish, too.
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    What are the best traditional Finnish restaurants in Helsinki?

    There are several excellent restaurants in the city serving Finnish food, without advertising being a "Finnish restaurant". If you want to taste Scandinavian lax, mushrooms, barley and other ingredients you should try these classic restaurants: Kämp, Kappeli or Sunn.

    If you insist dining or lunching at the Finnish restaurant, try Aino on Esplanade park. Also Lappi restaurant is specialized on food from Northern Finland, Lapland. You can try reindeer and cloudberry with cheese there. Restaurant Juuri is the restaurant where I take my foreign friends for dinner. Thery serves Sapas, which is sorth of Finnish tapas (Finland=Suomi, hence the S in sapas).
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    What are the best places for brunch in Helsinki?

    There are two good brunch places in Kallio. Brunching is very populat nowadays, so always check if you have to book a table.

    Siltanen is the most popular one at the moment. Their Breakfast Klubi brunch and buffet is served from 11am to 3.30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

    Pacifico is the raising star in a brunch scene. The brunch has a mexican twist, thanks to the new Mexican chef.

    Other excellent choices are sophisticated Restaurant Sunn or Old Finnish restaurant Fazer.
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    Where is the best pizza in Helsinki?

    I prefer two pizza restaurants over others in Helsinki.

    Dennis pizzeria serves very unique pizzas. Would you like to try chicken, halloumi cheese, sweet pepper, red onion and balsamico -pizza? Yes, me too! There are three Dennis restaurants in the city: Bulevardi 32, Kansakoulunkatu1, Töölönkatu 27.

    The Classic pizza is an excellent pizza restaurant chain. They have a restaurant at Stockmann department store. My favourite is Salmon Rucola (cold smoked salmon, caviart, creme fraice, mozzarella cheese and rocket salad). The -1 floor, Stockamnn department store.
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    What are the best sushi restaurants in Helsinki?

    Here are the best sushi restaurants in Helsinki. We don't have sushi-train-fast food places, but rather nice restaurants.

    Tokyo 55 is in Töölö. Sushi chefs are from Japan, so the sushi is excellent. Try the sushi brunch on Saturdays (between 1 and 3 pm) You find Tokyo 55 at Runeberginkatu 55. There has been a japanese restaurant since the 60's.

    Sushibar on the corner of Annankatu and Uudenmaankatu is also a great little sushi place. they have few other sushibars a bit further from the city central. The restaurants compine Japanese food and Scandinavian interior. Uudenmaankatu 15.

    Hanko sushi is the biggest sushi restaurant chain in Finland, but the quality is amazingly very good. I can recommend the Hanko sushi at Kluuvi mall. Aleksanterinkatu 9.
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    What are the best places to buy shoes in Helsinki?

    Helsinki is not similar shoe heaven like Milan or Paris, but we have few excellent shoe boutigues in the city. All of them are worth visiting!

    Minna Parikka is Finnish shoe and bag designer. Her shoe are very unique, usually colourful and fun! Parikka's accessories have been seen on Lady Gaga, Fergie, Paloma Faith and Beth Ditto. Just check them out! The address Aleksanterinkatu 36.

    Kenkäfriikki -store sells shoes from the brands such as Tosca, Alberto Fermani and Ted Baker, to mention few. The address is Yrjönkatu 25. 

    Nina's boutigue sells shoes from high end brands, such Céline, Louboutin and Dries Van Noten.  The address is Bulevardi 11.

    Zio sells Pura Lopez, Chinese Laundry and Hunter. You find one of the Zio stores at Aleksanterinkatu 15.

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