We spent last weekend in Helsinki and damn it felt good to be back! I was reminded by how beautiful and cool this city is once again – and something I’ve never really thought too much about is just how gorgeous all the pastel coloured buildings are. Such a stark contrast to Edinburgh’s grey houses – both cities provide tons of amazing Instagram content though!
We stayed in my mum’s flat in Eira in South Helsinki; the same flat I’ve lived in for many years throughout my twenties. It’s an understatement to say that this visit brought back memories!
We arrived on Friday evening after a day at Suomenlinna sea fortress (blog post coming soon) and for once I woke up not feeling tired on Saturday morning when Lana got me up at 7am. We watched some kids TV for a while and just took it easy.
I woke Matthew up just before 9am and managed to get him out of bed by telling him that we can now go and get a coffee at Birgitta Cafe only a few minutes’ walk from the flat.
It’s nice to be out so early, the air is so fresh and everything’s calm and quiet (apart from Lana of course).
Birgitta has only been around for a couple of years or so, and this was the first time I visited. Such a cool place with that Scandi-vibe I adore.
A large cup (it’s always a good idea to get your coffee in a take away cup when you’re out with Lana) of delicious Johan & Nyström coffee right by the sea on a warm September morning is not a bad way to start a day! Lana enjoyed her babyccino for a good while so we could both sit down and sip on our lattes. Bliss!
From Birgitta you can see this strange looking building – which I had to find out more about, so we walked over.
If the last place was cool then this place is uber-cool!
It’s a new place called Löyly that I did know about but didn’t realise was in my old hood. Löyly means the heat you get in the sauna – and the part of the building you see here is actually a sauna (or several I guess). I love the grey finish of the wood!
I’ve missed the sea in Helsinki!
Lana kept herself busy climbing everything she possibly could.
We were hungry so we ordered an omelette each; Matthew one with smoked salmon and I got one with pulled oats – a great new Finnish invention that was really tasty. We’ve started giving Lana egg as it doesn’t seem to make a big difference to her skin, plus she loves it.
After brekkie we walked up the steps to see the view from upstairs.
Not bad at all!
On the deck upstairs they have the comfiest futons you sink into and find it really hard to get up from.
Maybe a bit too comfy for this guy.
My little monkey obviously had to climb up as high as she could get.
Luckily the steps were child-friendly; low and wide.
We loved both places so much that we went back on Sunday morning again haha. If you visit Helsinki I highly recommend you get yourself to Hernesaarenranta to check out Birgitta and Löyly!
x Nina x