City of style
Beyond the clichés, design lovers will delight in Helsinki’s assured approach to fashion, interiors, architecture and food, as Christine McCabe discovers.
Helsinki is that perfect thing, a small city easily explored on foot, where great design permeates almost every aspect of daily life. At first glance it’s a conventionally pretty european town sitting on a peninsula in the island-strewn Gulf of finland. the handsome, high-set lutheran cathedral and brooding Russian church overlook the city’s broad esplanade and market square where tiny stalls sell fur jackets, salmon soup and reindeer meatballs.