Shopping & Amusement
VISIT THE AREA’S TOP RETAIL OUTLETS AND ATTRACTIONS
The Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel is a great place to stay and relax near the sea. Its location near transport options also lets guest explore local amusements and exciting shopping ventures in Helsinki and the surrounding area.
Founded in 1889, Helsinki Zoo is one of the world’s oldest zoos and has developed into an active and memorable nature center. The zoo is home to about 150 animal species, from Amur leopards to parakeets, and hundreds of plants. Over half a million people visit Helsinki Zoo annually.
Helsinki Zoo is located close to the city center and is easily accessible by public transport, bike or boat from Kauppatori Marketplace or Hakaniemi.
Helsinki Amusement Park
The Helsinki Amusement Park is home to over 40 rides for children and adults. The Linnanmäki Amusement Park offers fun for the whole family and some of the oldest rides in Finland, the Carousel and Vuoristorata. The Carousel was constructed in 1896, and the Vuoristorata is a wooden roller coaster that was built in 1951. Linnanmäki continues to improve their park by adding something new every year. Young children can enjoy carousels, Ferris wheels, play areas with a glass maze and a fun house.
The area is also home to the Peacock Theater, Sea Life Helsinki and many restaurants. For its final week of operation, the amusement park stages the Carnival of Light, which includes performances and live music as a sendoff for the year. All profits go toward Finland’s Children Day Foundation, allowing families to have fun while contributing to a good cause.
Guests staying at the Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel can easily reach Linnanmäki using public transportation.
The Hietaniemi Beach is a safe swimming area and is popular in the summer. Visitors can play beach volleyball or basketball there or eat at a café. Children can also take advantage of the play area.
Located close to downtown Helsinki, Seurasaari is an ideal spot for celebrations and outdoor recreation. At the open-air museum, visitors can admire 87 buildings built between the 17th and 19th centuries. The Karuna Church, built in 1686, is a popular wedding destination. Founders of the museum imported most of the buildings of Seurasaari, untouched, from other places throughout Finland.
In the summer, buy ice cream, go to a restaurant or café, enjoy a picnic or sunbathe and swim at the beach. Seurasaari also hosts a number of events throughout the year. The largest is a mid-summer celebration when people come to the island for the lighting of a ceremonial bonfire.
Main shopping streets and centers
Helsinki’s main shopping precincts and streets are downtown — all within short walking distance of the hotel. Pohjoisesplanadi particularly is known as the design showcase with boutiques from all the main Finnish design names, such as Iittala, Arabia, Marimekko, Kalevala Koru and Aarikka. Exclusive boutiques of major international brands are housed in the elegant Galleria Esplanad.
Another major shopping street is Aleksanterinkatu with several quality jewelry shops and fashion boutiques selling quality Finnish and international brands. The versatile Stockmann’s department store stands at the corner of Pohjoisesplanadi, Mannerheimintie and Aleksanterinkatu. At the other end of Aleksanterinkatu between the Senate Square and the Market Square you'll find the thoroughly refurbished shopping quarter Torikorttelit, consisting of the historical merchant blocks. There are boutiques, cafés and restaurants offering an enjoyable atmosphere and fine examples of modern Finnish design and craftsmanship.
Further downtown shopping streets include Eteläesplanadi and Mannerheimintie with Forum Shopping Center and Sokos department store. Kamppi Shopping Center has shops and services on 6 floors and houses the Helsinki Bus Station in the basement.
And don't forget Helsinki's Design District, which is next to the Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel. It plays a prominent role in boosting Helsinki's reputation as a city of design. It is a cluster of creative businesses and a neighborhood association offering visitors and residents shopping, dining and design-related experiences. The Design District comprises about 200 members, including design shops, galleries, workshops, museums and restaurants.