When talking about Nordic design, Sweden and Denmark are usually on everyone's lips. Reason enough to shine some light on their Finnish neighbour, whose capital Helsinki has become a prime design destination.
The city's design district in the heart of Helsinki, covering the Punavuori, Kaartinkaupunki, Kamppi and Ullanlinna neighborhoods, functions as a hub for creatives of all kinds.
It's the ideal place to get to know Finnish design, which is characterized by minimalism and clean lines. Design District Helsinki offers everything a design lover can wish for, from shops and museum to galleries, markets and showrooms featuring newcomers as well as the older masters.
A few highlights are the gorgeous Arela Store, a stylish Finnish family fashion brand and design studio known for its high-quality cashmere knits, as well as Marimekko Aleksinkulma, which features clothing and home decor designed in Finland.
Located right in the middle of this trendy area you'll find the newly opened Radisson Blu Aleksanteri Hotel - the perfect spot to explore the design district from.