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17 July 2016

pretty, gorgeous Helsinki

There's no tip-toeing in social life — at least for me. You're all in or you're out. Friday turned out to have a city night kind of agenda. Helsinki ain't too big making it the ultimate night-out town: everything's close yet there's always something new to find. Being 19 and all it occurred to me there's some staples in our city that cannot be raved about without a reason.

First walking through a boulevard that's literally called Bulevardi, under the old trees and street lights, past the plague park. The doors of Gaijin (2nd & 3rd picture) open in the corner of Yrjönkatu, next to Boulevard Social, another restaurant of my favourites. Gaijin serves amazing tasting menus with what you could call a bit high-end price tag. The northern Asian inspired food is still totally worth its price. I'd recommend booking a table in fairly advance or show up straight after opening. A few other knows how good the place is too.

A must-see spot and my personal favourite of the whole of Helsinki is the park of Esplanadi. The park starts from the ever-so-gorgeous Svenska Teatern and ends at Haavis Amanda. There's this famous fountain statue (1st picture) that is being capped every year on May Day. If the feet don't mind continue down to the Market Square, hop on the ferris wheel or catch the ferry to Suomenlinna to capture the most magnificent sunset (take it's not raining which ruined our plans).

On the way back look at the buildings on the both sides of the park. It almost feels like in Central Europe with the old architecture and glamorous shop windows. Kämp (5th picture) is supposedly the fanciest hotel in this city — in my opinion, at least. Don't forget the cafes either. Pop by cafe Esplanadi for ice cream or a piece of pie.

The night had the most perfect ending by getting in the elevator of hotel Torni and speeding up to the 12th floor, climbing up the steep round stairs and admire the mesmerising view from the ultimate rooftop bar of Helsinki (6th picture). The tables are just small enough to play some cards, hold 'em, perhaps, like   we did. This place is iconic and so are its toilets!

Helsinki is an easy city garment-wise: there's really no way to under nor over dress. For this night out I opted for deep blue patent leather oxford shoes, a simple forest green skirt from Zara, a Ted Baker collared flower sweater combined with the fair trench coat from the same collection. My new canon 80D fitted perfectly in my trustworthy Mulberry.

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