The Helsinki Travel Guide was launched on 22 November at the first Monocle Shop in the Nordic countries, located at Hotel St. George in Helsinki. Petri Burtsov, Monocle Correspondent and co-author of the book, hosted the event.
The Helsinki Travel Guide shares Monocle’s favourite spots within Finland’s capital, such as restaurants, art galleries, and, of course, saunas.
The guide’s walking tours take readers on a stroll through Helsinki’s unique neighbourhoods and a collection of ten essays helps readers explore the Finnish psyche and way of life.
A Helsinki guide with local flavour
Monocle digs deep into the soul of each city it covers so that visitors can have an authentic experience full of local flavour.
- The Monocle philosophy for all the travel guides – not just the Helsinki one – is that we want them to have a lot of local flavour, Petri says.
Instead of recommending the touristy places, we recommend places that have their own story, that have history, that have roots, and that are interesting from our perspective.
What’s more, each location featured in the book has the seal of approval from Petri and his co-authors.
- Every place that we have featured in the guide, we have visited ourselves. We have spoken with the owners, the founders, the chefs and the waiters, to understand the philosophy of those places, Petri says.
Find your own copy in Hotel St. George's Monocle Shop
Monocle’s Helsinki Travel Guide is designed for foreign visitors and locals alike. It offers new perspectives and experiences for every season, from the never-ending summer days to the dark yet cosy Nordic winter.
You can find your own copy, along with a collection of carefully curated design products, at the Monocle Shop.
Photos: Esa Laukkanen