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7 Most Instagrammable Places In Helsinki

Looking for the most Instagrammable places in Helsinki to fill your feed with beauty? Then look no further. Here’s our Helsinki Instagram spots guide.

1. Helsinki Cathedral

Senate Square, and Helsinki Cathedral in particular, is the most photographed place in the city.

This is why the striking white Cathedral comes in first on our Instagrammable places in Helsinki list!

Its beautiful green domes set against the white of this large and impressive building offer up some great photo opportunities.

We recommend heading down there early as it can get pretty crowded, especially at lunch time.

The huge steps are a hot spot for both tourists and locals to sit and enjoy their lunch at whilst watching the world go by. So, if you want a clear shot, the earlier the better!

The cathedral is also a popular stopping place for tours, the Small Group Walking Tour being the most popular.

This highly regarded tour take 3 hours, and starts at either 10:00am or 2:00pm, giving tourists a great orientation of the city.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect shot of this Helsinki Instagram spot, sunrise may be the best option!

Instagrammable places in Helsinki Cathedral Instagram

2. Cafe Regatta

This little red cabin has become quite the spot on Instagram due to its sheer cuteness.

Located by the sea, the traditional red cottage cafe brings a little piece of the Finnish countryside to the capital, and is one of the top things to do in Helsinki.

Many photographers and Instagrammers head to the outskirts of the city centre to find this pretty cafe just to make sure they don’t leave the capital without a shot of it.

Every seat on the terrace of this cafe has views of the sea and the sunsets from here are reportedly amazing.

Cafe Regatta is definitely worth a visit for some amazing shots as well as the incredible hot chocolate they serve inside!

Instagrammable places in Helsinki Cafe Regatta Instagram

3. Christmas Lights

If you happen to be visiting during the Christmas period, then the beautiful lights offer up some super photo opportunities.

It’s hard not to capture the beauty of Helsinki Christmas lights, especially on Alexander Street.

Starting at Stockmann department store, they trail through the city and make for some beautiful night shots!

This was definitely our favourite of the Instagrammable places in Helsinki.

Instagrammable places in Helsinki Christmas Lights Instagram

4. City Streets

If you don’t fancy walking the streets at night, then the streets by day can be just as stunning.

We captured this shot down a quiet street, just as the first flakes of snow were starting to settle.

The cosy atmosphere and lights around the city make for some great Helsinki Instagram spots!

Instagrammable places in Helsinki City Streets Instagram

5. Sibelius Monument

A slightly unusual looking monument, but an artsy one non the less.

Sibelius Monument is another one of the most Instagrammable places in Helsinki that people are desperate to find.

There are lots of weird and wonderful photos of it online which seems to inspire people to get their own perfect shot.

The monument itself consists of more than 600 hollow steel pipes welded together in a wave-like pattern.

It’s dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, and it can be found just around the corner from Cafe Regatta, in the middle of Sibelius Park.

Who knew these giant still pipes would be one of the most popular Helsinki Instagram spots!

Instagrammable places in Helsinki Sibelius Monument Instagram

6. Library Oodi

Newly opened, this futuristic building and central library is incredible!

It was something quite different for us to post on our Instagram and we enjoyed getting creative down one of the aisles filled with books.

Library Oodi is a three floor thriller with everything from 3D printers to music recording studios!

On 5th December 2018 it opened its doors to the public and acts as a living room or work hub for locals and tourists in the capital.

Plus, if you’re getting a little cold from the weather, it’s makes for the perfect place to warm up!

Instagrammable places in Helsinki Library Oodi Instagram

7. Amos Rex Museum

These mole hill like sculptures are an iconic spot within the Helsinki museum, which is known as the design centre of the city.

Amos Rex Museum is known for its funky exhibitions and, amongst the children sliding down the hills on sledges, we managed to grab a quick photo.

If you plan on visiting the museums, don’t forget to grab your Helsinki City Card that gives unlimited use of Helsinki public transport and free entry to the main sights and museums!

Instagrammable places in Helsinki Amos Rex Museum Instagram

Where To Stay In Helsinki


Hotel Kämp

Established in 1887 as Finland’s grand hôtel, Hotel Kämp is located in the heart of Helsinki opposite the beautiful Esplanade park.

The hotel features 179 spacious rooms, 15 of which are luxurious suites. The spacious rooms combine historical elegance with high-quality facilities.

All rooms feature comfortable beds, marble bathrooms and Chromecast-streaming systems.

Guests can also order in-room dining and enjoy the lovely view over the park, the city or the inner courtyard. The Brasserie Kämp a la carte menu boasts a wide range of European dishes and an extensive list of beverages.


Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Featuring the Plaza Restaurant, this historical hotel from 1917 is next to Kaisaniemi Park, 150 yards from Helsinki Central Station.

All rooms come with Finnish design items. As well as a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee maker and Magic Dream beds with a pillow menu. Some rooms offer city views.

Free fitness centre access and modern air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi are all available. Plaza Restaurant also serves drinks, while snacks and light dishes are available at the 24-hour lobby bar.



Located on Helsinki’s Katajanokka island, this hostel is a 5-minute tram ride from the city centre.

It offers guest kitchens, free WiFi and a free morning sauna.

Bed sheets and towels are also inclusive of your stay.

Eurohostel’s fresh, simple rooms have shared bathroom facilities. Additional communal areas include kitchens and lounge rooms. 

Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet onsite. Eurohostel’s lobby also has vending machines with drinks and snacks.

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Planning Your Trip

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Book Your Rental Car

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7 Most Instagrammable Places In Helsinki