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Esplanade Park – People spotting at its best

This one’s a bit different from my other favourite places in the sense that you don’t have to pay anything to be able to enjoy some time here. Esplanade is a pretty park in the center of the city and a place where you can find a lot of people, no matter what season it is.

Summertime is obviously the best, since then it’s warm and sunny (usually at least) and you can just sit at the bench or on the grass and relax. During Christmas time it’s full with lights. There are tons of restaurants and cafes close by if you want to have something to eat. Or you can grab something from the grocery store, claim your bench and have a small snack outside.

It’s in the area where you have most of the high-end stores like Louis Vuitton and such. That also means that it can be quite touristic, but that’s ok, because it’s great for people-spotting. My guilty pleasure is to go and grab a coffee from Starbucks nearby (it’s the time for pumpkin spice latte again very soon!) and sip it in the park while watching people walk by. Or sometimes I do bring a book with me too. I could easily read and have a cup of coffee at home, but I do like to spend time outside like that.

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Pohjoisesplanadi, Helsinki

Opening Times

24 hours daily



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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)