Design Hunters Whether you are shopping or just exploring, the Finnish capital is a city with serious style credentials. Read more about Kallio, influenced by Classicism and modernized by Functionalism, Helsinki is possibly best known for its Art Nouveau architecture. If you want to escape the city life even further no matter how laid-back try the two large national parks of Sipoonkorpi and Nuuksio, both a short bus-journey away from the centre of Helsinki. 1Helsinki1 2Espoo2 3Vantaa3 4Porvoo-Loviisa4 5Lake Tuusula5, explore Helsinki by Car. Like Espoo, Vantaa lies next to Helsinki and is a large city with no real centre. Nearby Loviisa is similarly beautiful with the Old Town, the Strömfors Iron Works and the Svartholma Sea Fortress being key sights. Various Pop-up restaurants and the worldwide spread phenomenon Restaurant Day are both brainchildren of Helsinki-based food enthusiasts and a whole new generation of chefs. Finnish Art Nouveau drew a great deal of inspiration and influences from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. The Finnish National Romantic movement flourished in the early years of the 20th century. Read More All Articles. Needless to say, theres something going on in Helsinki every day of the year. Read more Read less. As the snow envelops the city in an expectant silence, theres always action around the corner and you never have to trek very far. Located next to Helsinki, Espoos modern art museum Emma and the city theatre serve culture buffs, the beautiful national park in Nuuksio caters for outdoor enthusiasts and two large shopping centres along with a score of smaller boutiques make sure shoppers have their hands full. Restaurant day Restaurant Day was invented in Helsinki in 2011, growing mainly through social media and into seuralainen helsinki tiukat pillut a global movement of food for all. Read more about snowy activities in Helsinki.