Did you know that Flow has been doing groundbreaking sustainability work for nearly fifteen years? Perhaps you would like to enjoy also the entire festival weekend in Helsinki more sustainably. Flow Festival is a part of the Think Sustainably service on’s website that helps you select more sustainable ways of enjoying your stay in Helsinki: where you should eat and stay, and what you should purchase and experience. Helsinki offers the ideal conditions for enjoying a more sustainable city break. Click on our top tips for visiting the Flow Festival on the MyHelsinki website and find out more by using the #myhelsinki hashtag on Instagram.


Helsinki has everything from affordable hostels to luxury hotels. You can search for accommodation using the “Think Sustainably” service. Here are a few of our recommendations:

Marski by Scandic
Hotel St. George
Clarion Hotel Helsinki

Clubs & bars

The coolest festival after parties can be found in the nearby Kallio neighbourhood. Here are some of our top recommendations:

Post Bar
Tenho Restobar
Marski Bar (in the city centre)

More sustainable clubs and bars can be found on the website.

Restaurants and cafés

Helsinki has a really vibrant restaurant scene. Our recommended restaurants serve local, seasonal and vegetarian food. The following restaurants also offer vegan alternatives:

Ateljé Finne
Restaurant Nolla
Restaurant Natura
Story Vanha Kauppahalli
Yes Yes Yes

More restaurants and cafés can be found on the website.

Islands and green areas

Helsinki is surrounded by many beautiful islands that you can get to easily from the city centre. For example, you can enjoy the historic fortifications and beautiful nature on Suomenlinna sea fortress. Along the way, you can stop at the charming little island of Lonna, which offers a restaurant, waffle café and a public sauna, as well as various events.

If you prefer to stay on dry land, Helsinki offers you a wide selection of beautiful parks where you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

More sustainable attractions can be found on the website.

Photo: © Tommi Kortesniemi / Lonna


If you are keen on shopping, we recommend purchasing long-lasting items. We especially recommend checking out Garden, the new Center for Finnish Fashion, at Kämp Galleria, where you will find a huge selection of Finnish fashion all under the same roof. You can also shop sustainably at the following boutiques:

Costo Concept Store
Lovia Concept Showroom 
Pure Waste

Flea markets and vintage shops

Helsinki has many charming vintage shops. For example, we recommend popping into Frida marina or Relove.

Helsinki also has great flea markets. If you love strolling among the market stalls, you should definitely check out Helsinki’s legendary Hietalahti Flea Market. At the same time you can visit the lovely Hietalahti Market Hall, which is filled with a great variety of restaurants and cafés.

More sustainable shopping opportunities can be found on the website.

Photo: © Jussi Hellsten / Helsinki Partners

Experience Helsinki sustainably

Helsinki has many great public saunas. Try for example the architecturally stunning Löyly, where you can relax and dine on the huge terrace overlooking the sea after your sauna.

Another architecturally remarkable building is the Helsinki Central Library Oodi, which rapidly become a popular social space. The terrace balconies afford beautiful views over the city in summertime.

Museum-goers should definitely visit the new Amos Rex art museum, which deserves a close look from the outside as well.

More sustainable attractions can be found on the website.

Teurastamo. Photo: © Jussi Hellsten / Helsinki Partners

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