I know this city deserves much more than one day, but on the other hand it is always good to have a reason to go back! I was there with my sister and we took a bike to explore one of the less touristy areas of the city called Kallio. This neighbourhood in the North of Helsinki is known for upcoming designers, vintage stores, quirky lunch and coffee shops.
We started at Hakaniemi market (Hameentie 1) which is a daily farmers market where you can start your day on one of the terraces drinking your coffee with the locals. We then continued on further North to quickly enter Kallio and park our bikes for a stroll. We walked into Fleminginkatu and passed by the lovely coffee shop Galleria Keidas. There are some smaller galleries in this street and the wonderful vintage store Moonk which also sells some local products.
We then continued to Rupla at Helsingkatu 16 a clothing, workshop, gallery, coffee shop place with a wonderful vibe. I would certainly suggest if you have a bit longer to check their website to find out whether you can attend one of their events. We took our break at Made in Kallio at Vaasankatu and had an amazing blueberry smoothie and wonderful organic lemon cake.
After a few more vintage shops like Happy Hand, and admiring interesting mural outcries describing the sentiments on their neighbour politicians, we moved back to the more touristy area and said good-bye to this vibrant neighbourhood.