Pikku Vallila (Little Vallila) is quite small and it’s unlikely that you will bump into it by accident. And it’s a fifty-fifty chance that if you do, you will not feel particularly welcomed. But don’t let the first impression fool you. The bartender is not really annoyed and the other punters don’t hate you. It’s just a combination of good old Finnish stealth-hospitality and an atmosphere straight from the old Finnish black-and-white movies.
Spot one of the colorful little benches just outside or stay inside to enjoy the charming decadence and local art. Pikku Vallila has a medium-sized selection of beverages, toasts and some salted peanuts and other snacks. And while you’re around, why not go sightseeing in the neighborhood. The area is know for its old wooden houses and little yards.
I used to work here quite a lot, writing, editing and thinking, when I felt I needed to get out of my house. The size and the level of background noise is perfect, but the only problem is the amount of extraordinary conversations people want to share with you. Well, they also work as an inspiration. I’ve never written a book, but if I start one day, I might find some good stories from this place.