We catch up with Finnish native DJ and producer Yotto to discuss Helsinki's best spots. Read on to find out all about his favourite places in this beautiful city.
Located on the coast of Finland, Helsinki is a city that defines Scandinavian beauty. The harsh, urban backdrop of the built up metropolis only accentuates the raw natural charm that sits within the city itself. Voted one of the "World's Top Ten Cities to Live In" in 2012, Helsinki encapsulates a more relaxed and friendly way of life.
We spoke to Otto Yliperttula, aka Yotto, a Helsinki native who gave us the run down on the best places to head to in the city. Take a look below so you can get a deeper insight into this incredible city.
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Where’s the best place for breakfast?
My house. But after that I love the classic North African vegetarian brunch at Sandro, you end up being totally stuffed but still somehow feeling great (depending on the amount of champagne).
First place you go to when you come back from touring?
Long walk with the dog. Animals provide essential therapy when you transform from the road back to the routines at home. There's beautiful nature everywhere, but the forests & shores in Espoo is where I go.
Nicest place to chill out and think?
A landfill bump in Malminkartano which used to be my place of zen as a kid. I loved just sitting up there listening to music and staring the flat view that Helsinki is, there's something calm about not having any high buildings. Has become a bit of a fitness destination lately because of a nice set of stairs.
What’s the best place to go shopping?
Walking up & down Bulevardi & Esplanadi. The central area is relatively small and I would recommend just wandering around and you might run into really cool stores by accident.
Where’s the top foodspot in the city?
Everywhere! Incredibly hard to pick one area. I would recommend Grön for a small laid back vibe and great vegetarian menu, Boulevard Social for shared plates and a pre-party dinner & Nokka if you're looking for something fancier without going over the top.
Favourite place to party?
Barhopping around the Kallio area for unexpected dive bar madness & Kaiku is a 1st grade techno club with a solid sound system. On a day off Pulmu is a great bar to hang out and dominate the Spotify jukebox. It's also decorated with 50s airplane memorabilia.
Where would be the best place for a first date?
Doing anything active. Taking a boat to Suomenlinna could end up in a nice adventure, it's an old military base island filled with way too many tourists during summer but you can still get lost in the caves with your first date.
What’s a hidden gem in the city?
Cafe Regatta, a tiny cafe on the beach away from the city. You get 5 cents back from every additional cup of coffee, which means after 52 cups you're on your own. Has to be done in one sitting though.
Finally, how would you describe Helsinki’s vibe?
Friendly, shy and everybody has a bleak, strange sense of humour. Incredibly safe and a perfect city to get a bit lost in.