Now that the summer seems to have begun in Helsinki, I can finally write about my favorite parks. What’s better than enjoying summer in a park, drinking beer with friends or reading a nice book?
Dallapénpuisto is one of my absolute favorites and usually filled with people during the warm days of summer, and even at nights too. So what’s special about Dallapénpuisto? First of all, there’s a morgue in middle of the park. Well, it’s not serving as a morgue anymore but as a youth center, but it is a nice piece of history and gives character to the park, and the stairs are a good place to go if it starts raining.
Secondly, Dallapénpuisto is popular, especially among the Helsinki punks, but at the same time it is situated by Teollisuuskatu, the “Wall street of Helsinki”, and there are two big banks around the park. So it creates a nice juxtaposition when the punks are drinking cheap beer or home-made wine all night long in the park in between big bank buildings.
But all in all, Dallapénpuisto is a really nice and sunny park, nicely located between the lively districts of Kallio and Vallila, so it is easy to continue the evening to the bars nearby or get a take away dinner from the restaurants surrounding the park. During summer there’s also concerts and flea markets in the park every once in a while.