A 15-minute post-breakfast stroll will take you to the capital’s internationally acclaimed Design Museum, which is housed in a historic neo-gothic building dating from 1894. The displays at the 143-year-old institution trace Finnish design from 1870 to the present day, highlighting its timelessness and contemporary appeal. Just a stone’s throw away is the complementary Museum of Finnish Architecture, whose large collection of drawings and photographs focuses on the country’s built environment post-1900.
All that wandering and intellectual inspiration will have generated a hunger for something more physically satisfying. Fortunately, the best of Nordic cuisine is nearby. Spis offers four- and six-course tasting menus that conjure modern, deconstructed dishes from the best of ingredients. While vegetables take centre stage, those fond of meat and seafood will also be satisfied. There are only 18 seats, so be sure to make a reservation.