What is the best way to see Helsinki in one day?

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Nirvana Bhatia

Helsinki is a rather compact city, so you can easily absorb many of its key features in a day. Start your morning at Market Square, where you can purchase picnic provisions either at the outdoor stalls or in the indoor pavilion, and then grab a ferry to Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After exploring the heights and depths of the old fortress, return to the city center and visit the Russian Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral and the Lutheran Cathedral in Senate Square for a brief (but not boring) history lesson. After you’ve had your fill of architecture, head to the Design District for a spot of shopping. Refresh for dinner by stepping into a sauna, and then select from one of the city’s best restaurants — like Chez Dominique — for a meal that combines innovative design with organic ingredients. Wind down the evening with drinks and dazzling rooftop views at the Ateljee Bar in the Sokos Hotel Torni.

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