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The best neighborhoods in Helsinki are Eira, Ullanlinna, Kaivopuisto, Punavuori and Töölö in the southern parts of the city. Kulosaari, Munkkiniemi, Lehtisaari and Kuusisaari are a bit further away, but still worth visiting.
1. Eira, Ullanlinna, Kaivopuisto and Punavuori
Enjoying the most beautiful coastline of Helsinki in this area is a must see. The area is very posh, in a down to Earth - Finnish way though. You can find small boutiques, cute cafes and old restaurants in the neighborhood. Most of the embassies are in Kaivopuisto. Punavuori is a little bit different, though — it is hip and trendy, especially among young people. Fashion designers and copywriters have taken over the small business premises in the narrow streets.
Behind the Parliament house starts Töölö. The streets are wider than in Eira. Most of the buildings have been built between the 1920's and 1940's. The neighborhood is full of good restaurants, but because it is quite a big area, you should know where to go for a dinner before hand.
Kulosaari is the best place in Eastern Helsinki. It is easy to visit by a metro. Only a few stops away from the central station, you will step into a greener, village-like neighborhood. There are lots of small and usually old mansions by the sea. Have a dinner at the 100-year-old restaurant Kulosaari Casino.
4. Munkkivuori, Lehtisaari and Kuusisaari
To reach these neighborhoods you have to head west. They are worth a visit, because there are interesting houses and a lot of parks and walking routes. Rent a car or a bicycle, drive all day and stop for a picnic or a lunch. Some of the embassies are in Lehtisaari and Kuusisaari.