Nearby is the impressive Kunsthalle Helsinki, which doesn’t have its own collection but hosts seven or eight major exhibitions a year. Its focus is contemporary art, design and architecture, and its spacious galleries are filled with natural light. An exhibition of work by the late French sculptor and painter Niki de Saint Phalle winds up late this month, with a show by Finnish designer, artist and filmmaker Paola Suhonen taking the gallery into the new year.
For art of a different medium, head back to Esplanadi for lunch at Bronda. Founded by celebrated culinary duo Tomi Björck and Matti Wikberg, it features sky-high ceilings and modern furnishings, and will take you on an unforgettable gastronomic journey. The dishes are influenced by Spain, Italy and France, but with a distinctly Nordic outlook. Indulge yourself with the likes of grilled tiger prawns, braised veal cheek and salmon tartar.