Arkadia International Bookshop

21.05.2008 at 12:08 | Posted in For Coffee or Tea, Gallery / Art Space, Go At Least Once, Leisure, Show a Foreign Friend, Where to Read a Book | Leave a comment
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Barely two months ago Ian Bourgeot opened his bookshop with the idea of creating a meeting point and a sort of cultural centre in midst of the Töölö neighbourhood. Already now a plenitude of ideas and plans for the interior and activities in the place are waiting to be implemented. What you can always count on are tons of interesting books in English, French, Spanish, Russian and even Polish and… a hot cup of tea on a comfortable sofa. See map for Hesperiankatu 9 or visit



29.08.2007 at 15:24 | Posted in Gallery / Art Space, Go At Least Once, Leisure, Nature, Show a Foreign Friend, Where to Read a Book | 1 Comment


In midst of nature but only minutes from the immediate centre. Happihuone is the place to go when you’re tired of cars, traffic, asphalt, noise, office buildings, glass & steel, shops, products, brands and advertising. It’s a wonderful gallery, art space and whatever one wishes it to be. Located in a beautiful spot between the railways and Töölönlahti.
Unfortunately asphalt is taking over and Happihuone is soon to be torn down, just like Makasiinit, Hanasaari A power plant and so many other beautiful, active places with history. A foreign friend of mine commented once that Helsinki is strange in the way that it seems to have been built only recently. Now we know where that impression comes from.
For more info on Happihuone visit:
or look it up on the map.

Update as of Nov 2007: Finally, after a long struggle, Happihuone has been torn down!

Happihuone Happihuone

Myymälä 2

10.03.2007 at 22:48 | Posted in Buy Stuff, Gallery / Art Space, Get Some Clothes, Go At Least Once, Show a Foreign Friend | 5 Comments

Shop, gallery – Myymälä 2 is a place to promote young artists and their creations. I found some really decent CDs, publications, clothes and graphic art there. It is always pleasant to encounter self-published products that one would not get to see or hear if not for these kind of places. Check out their web for info on products, exhibitions and events.

Myymälä 2

Entrance is down these stairs at Uudenmaankatu 23.

Myymälä 2

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