Helsinki is a beautiful city in winter. However, at less than fifteen degrees of temperature it is difficult to travel it like other cities. Especially for me, who would have no problem living in the Caribbean. So during the day in Helsinki I devoted more time to seek refuge from the cold than to enjoy the city. Even so, I found small, well-guarded jewels that I would like to share with you.
A very historic place in Helsinki and the emblem of the Fazer company, one of the most important food companies in Finland. The founder of the company was Karl Otto Fazer, a Finn who studied baking in Berlin, Paris and St. Petersburg. He Fazer cafe on Kluuvikatu street in Helsinki It was the first bakery that opened with his wife Berta in 1891 and there you can still try their delicious cakes.
In addition to cakes and breads, it has a salad bar, soups and sandwiches, and is a good place to make a light meal. One of the specialties of the house is hot chocolate with whipped cream, but for those of us who come from Spain and Italy it is very disappointing because the chocolate is made with a lot of water and gives you the feeling of having a watery Cola-Cao. Therefore, I recommend having a coffee and a delicious cupcake.
He Hakaniemen Kauppahalli It is a covered market located about 15 minutes from downtown Helsinki and near the Scandic Paasi hotel. The building where the market is located was designed by the architect Karl Hard Segerstad and opened in 1914. On the ground floor we can find the typical market of supplies with fruit shops, bakeries, butchers, etc. There are also several shops that serve prepared dishes and even have a small place to sit and eat them.
However, the part I liked the most was the second floor. I was lucky, because the stairs to the second floor almost went unnoticed and it would have been a shame. On this floor we find clothing stores where you can buy quality warm clothes, nice items stores and a very cozy cafeteria where you can sit and have a hot drink. The market is not very large and the stops are quite small, but that gives it an even more pleasant and warm air.