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An urban holiday in Vallila, the historical heart of Helsinki culture

Wooden houses from the 1910s, modern design and the scent of coffee – Helsinki's Vallila district combines a historical working-class area with lively urban culture.

A holiday in Vallila is a way to get to know the most historical and most modern sides of Helsinki.

Vallila is in Helsinki's inner city, about 15 minutes by tram from the bohemian Kallio district and Helsinki city centre. The city's trendiest areas are always within reach, but a walk around Vallila will show you Helsinki in an entirely new light.

Vallila consists of new and old parts. The homely and delicious scent of freshly roasted coffee fills the air in the new part of Vallila courtesy of the Meira Coffee Roastery. There are charming little cafés just a stone's throw away!

Spend a summer's day touring the narrow alleys of the old part of the district, known as Wooden Vallila. The attractive and colourful wooden buildings in this neighbourhood stand side by side on small plots, reflecting the urban ideals of 1910s and 1920s Finland.

Vallila has also lent its name to the well-known Vallila Interior textile company, which is celebrated for its creative and refreshing patterns. The company's first textile factory was in Vallila's industrial area. Art is still very much present in the area, and you will find stores such as the Aarikka factory shop in Vallila. If you are interested in architecture, you should pay a visit to the splendid red-brick Paavalinkirkko church or the handsome Vallila warehouses on the site of the State Railways' former engineering workshops.

Modern architecture is represented by Vallila Library, one of the Helsinki city libraries. The library is in the Vallila community centre, designed by one of Finland's best-known modern architects, Juha Leiviskä, and built in 1991. The light wood cladding on the library's façade combines with the sharp angles and the light, airy atrium. Vallila library also hosts Galleria Kajava, which puts on a new exhibition every month to showcase the work of local artists.

Stop by the Vallila allotment area, which has attractive little huts and beautifully tended gardens that bring the peace and quiet of the country to the middle of the city. Behind the allotments, the Kumpula area contains the Kumpula Botanical Garden and Nylander's Park.

A holiday in Vallila has plenty for everyone to enjoy!

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Holiday Inn Helsinki Exhibit & Convention Center

Holiday Inn Helsinki Exhibit & Convention Center

Messuaukio 1, Helsinki
of 5, from 35 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Pasila, this hotel is 0 mi (0.1 km) from Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Finlandia Hall and National Museum. Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and Ateneum Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Hilton Helsinki Airport

Hilton Helsinki Airport

Lentaejaenkuja 1, Vantaa
of 5, from 432 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hilton Helsinki Airport is a 3-minute walk from the main terminal of Helsinki-Vaanta Airport, and has a covered walkway offering guests direct access. It's a 30-minute drive to downtown Helsinki, where guests can explore the Design District, and tour shops, museums, and the harbor.

Airport Hotel Pilotti

Airport Hotel Pilotti

Veromaentie 1, Vantaa
of 5, from 144 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

It’s just a 5-minute drive from Helsinki Airport to this conveniently placed hotel. A free shuttle runs from the hotel to the airport between 3 AM and 2:35 PM and shuttle from the airport to the hotel between 3 PM and 2:33 AM every 30 minutes. To arrange transport from the airport to the hotel outside of these times, please contact the hotel in advance. It’s a 10-minute walk to Jumbo Shopping Centre and Flamingo Spa, a sprawling mall and entertainment complex.

Hotel Arthur

Hotel Arthur

Vuorikatu 19, Helsinki
of 5, from 298 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Hotel Arthur is in downtown Helsinki, a 5-minute walk from Railway Square and the Finnish National Theatre. Guests can explore the rest of the city via Kaisaniemi Metro Station, 2 blocks away. For a spot of culture, guests can visit the Ateneum art museum, a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

Omena Hotel Helsinki Lonnrotinkatu

Omena Hotel Helsinki Lonnrotinkatu

Lonnrotinkatu 13, Helsinki
of 5, from 196 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Kamppi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Church of Helsinki and Ateneum Art Museum. Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and Helsinki Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.

GLO Hotel Art

GLO Hotel Art

Loennrotinkatu 29, Helsinki
of 5, from 596 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in downtown Helsinki's Design District, GLO Hotel Art puts guests a 5-minute walk from Kamppi Metro Station and an easy stroll from the area's restaurants and boutiques. Kiasma, the city's contemporary art museum, is a 15-minute walk, and historic Senate Square is a 17-minute tram ride.

Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki

Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki

Ruoholahdenranta 3, Helsinki
of 5, from 454 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Helsinki hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hietalahti Flea Market, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, and Ateneum Art Museum. National Museum and Finlandia Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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