Travel Postcard: 48 hours in wintry Helsinki

Fri Jan 8, 2010 6:25am EST
 
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By Julie Breton

HELSINKI (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours in Helsinki, where forward-looking creation and converging worldwide influences give a fresh twist to the city's rich heritage?

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help you to get the most out of a two-day stay in the Finnish capital city, where tradition and design meet.

The temperature averages minus five degrees Celsius in winter, so dress up warm.

THURSDAY

6 p.m. - Drop your luggage at the hotel and go for a cocktail at A21 (Annankatu 21), voted world's best bar in a recent internet poll. On the menu they offer drinks made from recipes from as early as the 1800s, daring modern creations and even cocktail classes.

8 p.m. - Head off to restaurant Kuurna (Meritullinkatu 6) or Michelin-starred Demo (Uudenmaankatu 9-11) for Finnish "fusion" cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.

FRIDAY

10 a.m. - Start your day the Finnish way with coffee and korvapuusti (cinnamon roll) under the orange tents of Kauppatori (Market Square) open air market, or among the nearby Old Market Hall's colorful array of greens, fresh fish and traditional fare.   Continued...