Either for a late breakfast with scrambled eggs or Eggs Benedict, delicate porridge or homemade granola, or for a store of taste and energy at midday with glorious sandwiches and northern salads, or for a salmon soup at sunset, Story Restaurant is a versatile and precious address to jot down on your and our Helsinki travel diary. A charming minimalist-design restaurant in the ancient – but recently renovated – market hall. In warmer months the tables outside offer a seductive view of the North Sea.
Kallio is to Helsinki what Brooklyn is to New York. A former workers’ neighbourhood, today it is one of those urban suburbs full of energy, inspiration and creativity we call emerging. Kallio is connected to the city centre by Pitkäsilta Bridge, whose name means ‘long bridge’ in Finnish. In fact, it is a very short bridge. It was given that name because it divided the part of the city where the rich lived from the part where the poor did. Made in Kallio sums up this small world. Bakery, eatery, co-working space, artists and designers atelier, handmade products shop. A second home to young Kallio people, it is also a must for cool-hunters. If you too have a weakness for blueberries, try a slice of freshly baked pie and the smoothie, also in its excellent vegan version.
In 2010, the American magazine Newsweek celebrated Finland as the best country to live in. This piece of news comes easily to our minds while the splendour of the restaurant hall of Lapland Hotel Sky Ounasvaara surrounds us. The atmosphere is magic, pure and simple. The same happens as we listen to children shouting in the dark, while they have fun with on an old bobsleigh among birches and pines. Or when we discover the perfume of snow, the silence, the broad and clear view from the hotel rooftop. The hotel is a majestic parallelepiped in the centre of one of the woods surrounding Rovaniemi. The snowy wood’s night enters the room through the large windows and blends with interiors and fellow guests, creating pop-up superimpositions of images on the glass windows. We savour a Scandinavian meal that gratifies us and confirms our love of Northern Europe, a meal made of local raw materials processed with traditions, imagination and talent. Genuine raw flavours with a cutting-edge twist we would like to experience every time we try a creative menu.
by Maura Dettoni
Maura, No Borders Magazine’s photo editor, is in charge of selecting photographers (but not only). She loves cold countries; Finland and Iceland are at the top of her list. She prefers to spend her spare time embroidering rather than writing her biography.