One of the most intriguing side of Helsinki is its versatility: there are historical Jugend-style buildings that are a sign of the long history of the city; on the other hand, there are the new and modern buildings and neighborhoods. And then there are these old properties that used to be, for example, factories, bakeries, and warehouses but have now gotten a new life and are the urban oases of Helsinki. Let’s take a tour to the three urban event venues in Helsinki!
Event Restaurant Kellohalli
Our tour starts from Kalasatama that is a new neighborhood in Helsinki just a short metro ride away from the city center. There is located an old factory district, called the Abattoir (Teurastamo), that used to be an abattoir. Later, the abattoir was closed and during the last couple of years, the Teurastamo district has become the trendiest place in town. The area is buzzing with trendy people, events, and urban culture. Read 5 + 1 tasty tips to Helsinki’s hipster district here.
The Abattoir is filled with restaurants and bars and one can also find an ice cream factory and a coffee roastery here. During the summer, the area is a perfect place to spend a sunny day while grilling and taking it easy in a hammock. Read about the Abattoir’s ice cream factory Jädelino in this previous blog post.
In the very middle of the Abattoir district, there’s Event Restaurant Kellohalli, which provides facilities for many kinds of events from festivals to flea markets and from company events to private parties. Even though the Kellohalli Restaurant is a quite large space with concrete floors, the red brick walls and nice lighting make it a very cozy and welcoming venue. If you’re planning a wedding or corporate event, you might want to check this out. And if you’re staying in Helsinki only for a shorter time period, this place is definitely worth a visit!
Kellohalli Restaurant, Työpajankatu 2, www.kellohalli.fi/en/
Capacity is of up to 400 people.
From Kalasatama our tour continues to Töölö, where you can find one very legendary place of Helsinki – Korjaamo Culture Factory. Korjaamo has been the center of culture, events and parties already for years. However, it seems that the place has stayed trendy throughout the years, so it could stated that there is something very special in the place.
Korjaamo Culture Factory produces and hosts different kinds of culture events and experiments for music, dance and visual arts lovers. Korjaamo is also one of the biggest culture factories in the Nordics.
In addition to culture events, it’s possible to arrange private events and parties in the multiple facilities of Korjaamo. One of the saloons is the atmospheric Vaunusali, Tram Hall, which suits big events. However, you can surely find a perfect sized venue for your event from the many halls of Korjaamo.
Korjaamo Culture Factory, Töölönkatu 51 A-B, www.korjaamo.fi/en
The capacity of the Tram Hall is of up to 400 people.
Arkadia International Bookshop
After Korjaamo we’ll head to Töölö and to Arkadia International Bookshop. Primarily, Arkadia is an antique store for international books but it’s also an event venue. Arkadia has hosted many many kinds of events from weddings to graduation parties and business meetings. Arkadia International Bookshop is an idyllic and cozy store, like a small piece of Brooklyn in the heart of Helsinki.
Having party in a bookshop may sound a bit bizarre concept but I ensure you that it’s more than possible in Arkadia. If the celebrated person loves reading, what would be a better party venue than a bookstore? Arkadia International Bookshop was opened in 2008 and since then it has sold countless books and hosted over thousand events. Looks like the people of Helsinki have found this pearl and made it the extension of their living rooms.
Arkadia International Bookshop, Nervanderinkatu 11, www.arkadiabookshop.fi
Capacity 50 to 100 people.
As said, Helsinki has a unique urban atmosphere. Another peculiar and close element of Helsinki is its archipelago. After all, Helsinki’s shoreline is 123 km long. In the next blog post, I’ll introduce to you the venues by the sea since there are many of them in town!
Written by Suvi Joensivu.