Kallio Walk, Helsinki

Kallio Walk (Self Guided), Helsinki

Sample a little something of what the locals call the "Kallio-spirit", a phrase that describes the bohemian atmosphere of this artsy neighborhood. The spirit is characterized by such traits as edginess, tolerance and solidarity among locals who are a mixture of the young, the old, the ultra cool and lost causes. This welcoming neighborhood is a little off the well-trodden Helsinki tourist path, but you will be glad you made the effort to come here.

A good place to start your visit and familiarize yourself with the engaging and friendly residents is the market square of Hakaniemi. This popular meeting place and shopping destination is a century-old market hall where you can purchase fresh foods, fish, baked goods, jewelry, clothing and much more. Stay here for a delicious lunch or just for a pit stop with a cup of coffee.

After your shopping trip, relax in Karhupuisto (Bear Park) which features a statue of a bear standing on an anthill. One of Kallio's must-see architectural highlights is the early 20th-century Church of Kallio with its Art Deco influences. A visit to Kallio is a very pleasant way to spend a few hours or more. There's good shopping, great dining, captivating architecture and fascinating locals.
How it works: A discovery walk features a route using which you can explore a popular city neighborhood on your own. This walk, along with other self-guided walks in over 1,500 cities, can be found on the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play Store to your mobile phone or tablet. The app's built-in GPS navigation functions allow following this walk route with ease. The app works both online and offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Kallio Walk Map

Guide Name: Kallio Walk
Guide Location: Finland » Helsinki
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: Helen
Hakaniemi Market Hall

2) Hakaniemi Market Hall

Arena House

3) Arena House

Siltasaarenkatu

4) Siltasaarenkatu

Siltasaarenkatu

5) Siltasaarenkatu

Itäinen Papinkatu

7) Itäinen Papinkatu

Karhupuisto (Bear Park)

8) Karhupuisto (Bear Park)

Fleminginkatu corner with Franzeninkatu

9) Fleminginkatu corner with Franzeninkatu

Block Party

10) Block Party

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