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Espoo is the second largest city in Finland with the population of 248,355. It is part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area along with the cities of Helsinki, Vantaa, and the small city of Kauniainen which is completely encircled by Espoo. The national park of Nuuksio is situated in northwestern Espoo.

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Points of Interest in Espoo

  • Nuuksio National Park
  •    The Gallen-Kallela museum, Gallen-Kallelan tie 27, FIN-02600 Espoo,  +358-9-8492340. 11am-4pm. A small museum of the Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) who is best known for his illustrations of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. The museum is located in a castle-like house Tarvaspää on a rocky hill facing the sea originally designed and built by Akseli Gallen-Kallela between 1911-13 as a combined home for his family and a studio. The museum presents not only the works of Akseli Gallen-Kallela, but also tells the story of his family and contains a collection of artifacts brought back from their travels to Africa. 8€.
  •    Otaniemi Campus. The campus of the former Helsinki University of Technology HUT (nowadays part of the Aalto University) designed by Alvar Aalto in organic modernist style, as is the Dipoli congress center in the area.
  •    EMMA, Ahertajantie 5. Hosts Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA) and a few other museums WeeGee exhibition centre
  •    Glims talomuseo (Glims house museum), Glimsintie 1, Karvasmäki. Local open air museum.
  •    Espoon automuseo (Espoo car museum), Bodomintie 35, Pakankylä.
  •    Espoo cathedral, Kirkkokatu 1,  (09) 8625000. The cathedral near Espoon Keskusta is over 500 years old and built out of granite stone. free.

Iso Omena

Hvittrask

WeeGee Exhibition Centre

Solvalla Swinghill Ski Resort

Master Golf Club

Nuuksio National Park

Barona Arena

Espoo Museum of Modern Art

Gumbole Golf

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About Espoo

Activities

  •    Serena Water Amusement Park (Vesipuisto Serena), Tornimäentie 10 (Bus 339 from Helsinki Bus Station),  +358 9 8870550, e-mail: info.serena@puuhagroup.com. Open 11PM-8PM daily. This is the largest water park in the Nordic countries with some 2,000 sq.m. of heated pools indoors. The buildings have seen their best days, but kids love the water slides. An extra 1,000 m² of outdoor area is open in the summer. Serena is at its best in winter when you can kick back in a jacuzzi and watch people ski on the other side of the glass windows. All-day pass €32 except some Fridays €25 (4-8PM only), family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) €75..
  •    Espoo archipelago. Many small islands outside Espoo can be visited by boat in the summer. They are great for hiking and camping.
  •    Classical music. Tapiola Sinfonietta is an orchestra specializing in Viennese classical music, but also plays modern music. They perform regularly in the Tapiolasali concert hall, sometimes together with international guest solists.
  • Watch a game. Espoo has a team in many premier Finnish sports leagues. The football (soccer) team FC Honka play their home games in Tapiola sports park, Esport center is the home for Oilers (floorball) and Honka (basket ball), and in the winter many fans head to Barona Arena to see a home game of the local team Blues.

Events

  • Ropecon. Annual role playing convention

Food

Budget

  •    Student diners in Otaniemi, Otakaari 1 (Several places in the area). lunchtime. The lunch restaurants of the Technical University offer cheap meals even for non-students. Meal 5€.
  •    Pizzaman, Lippajärventie 29,  +358 9 512 0 512. Mo-Fr 10AM-9PM, Sa-Su noon-9PM. Pizzaman is located next to the K-Kauppa grocery store. Large pizzas. Try the "Mieliteko" made with four toppings that you pick yourself. regular pizzas 6 - 8 €.
  •    Ravintola Haukimuori, Iivisniemenkatu 2D. A lunch restaurant in Iivisniemi district with home cooked delicious food. lunch €8.

Mid-range

  •    Ravintola Grilli Toro, Louhentie 16,  +358 9 460 427. A traditional restaurant in the northern part of Tapiola district. Especially popular during lunchtime when their large beefs can be enjoyed at low prices.
  •    Ravintola Haikaranpesä, Hauenkallio 3,  +358 9 452 4254. A panoramic restaurant in the water tower of Haukilahti. Open only for lunch!
  •    Curry Palace, Leppävaarankatu 10, Espoo,  09-548 3751. M-F 10:30-22:00, Sa 12:00-22:00, Su 13:00-19:00, Lunch buffet M-F 10:30-14:30, Sa 12:00-16:00, Su 13:00-16:00. Indian restaurant. Don't leave the restaurant without trying its pickled spice. It's fantastic! Lunch buffet M-F €9.2, weekend €13.5 (2-8yrs €8), mains from €16.
  •    Ravintola Sevilla Bar & Restaurante, Tapionaukio 3, Tapiola. Spanish-style restaurant.
  •    Ravintola Johannes, Hanasaarenranta 5, Hanasaari. Scandinavian cuisine.
  •    Namaskaar Indian Express, Siltakatu 11,  (+358)9 42891892. Mo-Th 10:30-21:00, Fr-Su 11:00-22:00. Tasty and authentic Indian food. Great value for the price. Lunch buffet €9.2 (M-F), €12 (Weekend), Mains from €12.
  •    Restaurant Lime Leaf, Sello Rex, Leppävaara. Thai and Malay restaurant run by Chinese.
  •    Fusion Square, Tapiontori 3 B16,  +358 9 8550038. M-F 11:00-22:00, Sa&Su 12:00-22:00, Lunch Buffet M-F 11:00-15:00. Tasty and authentic Chinese food. Try their spicy tofu. Mains from €9.8.

Splurge

  •    Ravintola Tapiontori, Tapiontori 1,  +358 9 455 4011. An upscale restaurant in Tapiola with different menus depending on the season and a great range of wines. dinner about 35€.
  •    Paul's Bistro, Leppävaarankatu 1 (Next to Sello shopping center),  +358 10 344 4212. dinner without wine 40€.

Drinks

Cafés

  •    Café Mellsten, Mellstenintie 6.
  •    Bembölen kahvitupa (Bemböle kaffestuga), Bellinmäki 1 (Bemböle district).
  •    Café Ankkuri, Sateenkaari 9 (Otsolahti district).
  •    Café WeeGee, Ahertajantie 5 (Tapiola district).
  •    Café Merenneito, Koukkuniementie 1A (Matinkylä district).
  •    Kahvila Satakieli, Elfvikintie 4 (Laajalahti district).
  •    Kaisan Café, Itätuulenkuja 8 (Tapiola district).
  • Vasikkasaaren kahvila, Iso Vasikkasaari Island.

Bars and pubs

  •    William K, Leppävaarankatu 3-9 (in Sello mall). A passable beer pub with nice sunny outdoor seating.
  •    Base, Leppävaarankatu 3-9 (in Sello mall). A cosy place for a drink, also situated at Sello.
  •    Hemingway's, Kauppamiehentie 1 (Next to Heikintori square).
  •    Mitta & Hana (former pub Satulinna), Kirstintie 5. Likely the most famous pub in Espoo.

Nightclubs

Most people head east to Helsinki when they're planning a night out, however there are a couple of night clubs in Espoo as well.

  •    Aladdin, Itätuulenkuja 10. The former Fellini is located in right in the Tapiola district and attracts many young adults. R-22.
  •    Fennia, Leppävaarankatu 7 (in Sello mall). Mo-Tu nights -3AM, otherwise -4AM. The only club in Leppävaara is an Indian restaurant in the day and a nightclub in the night, except during major sports event when it is turned into a sports bar with many video screens. Weekends 6€.
  •    Club Kannunkulma, Kannusillankatu 2. A restaurant in the daytime, and some form of entertainment every night.
  •    Bella Ciao, Piispansilta 11 A (in the Iso-Omena mall). Fri-Sat nights -4AM. The place to go in Matinkylä. Like the others it is also a restaurant during the daytime. R-18

Shopping

Shopping centers

  •    Sello, Leppävaarankatu 3-9. One of the largest shopping centers in Finland with excellent traffic connections. Local trains A, E, S, U, Y and the night train L all stop at Leppävaara station which is just beside the shopping center. Also many bus routes serve the area. Selection of retailers is geared finnish and international clothing and consumer electronics chains. The shopping center features several cafes, restaurants and fast food outlets as well as two large grocery stores.
  •    Iso Omena, Piispansilta 11. Large shopping center serving the Matinkylä district. Bus lines 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 10K, 11, 31, 35, 112, 503, 132, 143, 145, 147, 150, 151, 154, 160 and 165. The selection of shops is fairly similar compared to the slightly larger Sello shopping center, although there are some specialty shops geared towards a more upscale clientele.
  •    Entresse and Espoontori. The two shopping centers, Entresse and Espoontori, serve the Central Espoo district near the Espoo train station. Local trains E, S, U and the night train L stop here. Both shopping centers are significantly smaller than the ones previously introduced. Espoontori features a grocery store, Tarjoustalo (a budget general store) and various smaller retailers. Entresse has a grocery store, jewellery shops and clothing stores.
  • Some of the smaller shopping centers mainly serving the locals include Lippulaiva in Espoonlahti and the first shopping center in Finland, Heikintori Lippulaiva in Tapiola.

Outlet shops

  •    Iittala Outlet, Espoontie 25, Lommila. Home decoration and kitchen utensils.
  •    Lumene, Lasihytti 1, Kauklahti. Finnish cosmetics manufacturer Lumene has its factory outlet in the disctrict of Kauklahti in Western Espoo. Local trains E, S, U and the night train L stop at Kauklahti station.
  •    Espoon lahjatupa, Kirkkojärventie 3, Espoon keskus. An outlet shop rich in atmosphere selling Finnish handmade gifts and home decoration products.

Outdoor markets

Like most cities in Finland you can buy fruits, vegetables, fish and more and sit down for a cup of coffee at outdoor markets (tori). They are open from 9AM to 5PM. For maps and information on events, Espoon torikauppiaat association website.

  • Espoon keskus (Asematori)
  • Leppävaara markets (Läkkitori north of the railway station and Viaporin tori on the southern side, in the inner court of Sello shopping center)
  • Espoonlahti market (Ulappatori)
  • Tapiola market
  • Karakallio market

Flea markets

  • Fida International. Fida International operates goodwill flea markets in four, mostly residential areas: Espoon keskus (Asemakuja 3), Soukka (Yläkartanonkuja 1), Niittykumpu (Merituulentie 30) and Lähderanta (Kolkekannaksentie 15). The selection in the shops mostly consists of used clothes, books and furniture. Prices tend to be a tad steep.
  •    Espoo Recycling Centre (Espoon kierrätyskeskus), Matinpurontie 8. The selection includes furniture, clothes, toys, books, sports equipment, cookware and cutlery. The shop has also a free of charge department with a small variety of clothes and other items.
  • Some self-service fleamarkets around Espoo include Akseli [1] (Sinikalliontie 1, Mankkaa), Olarin kirppis [2] (Maapallonkuja 1, Olari), Omppupuun kirppis [3] (Kuninkaankartanontie 11, Kauklahti) and Viherkirppis [4] (Viherlaaksontie 5, Viherlaakso).

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