Helsinki downtown is reinventing itself – there is development especially at Torikorttelit between the Kauppatori and Senaatintori squares, South Harbour, Katajanokka, Töölönlahti bay and in the environs of the Olympic Stadium and Hakaniemi district.

Helsinki downtown is a dynamic, ever-evolving place with layers and layers of architecture from various time periods, ranging from empire to modern. There are exciting events here around the year in the downtown squares and parks. Business, services and culture are well represented and the country’s most significant art and culture institutions are located within a walking distance from each other.  

City of Helsinki is planning to expand the pedestrian downtown, to liven up the downtown quarters and to renovate parks. New public space will be designated to events and just hanging out. Also new apartments are coming to the city centre. Furthermore, great public transportation brings an influx of commuters and visitors to the area from all around the country.   

Helsinki wants to integrate the local passenger harbours into the downtown area in more concrete ways. For example, the shoreline running from the Olympic Terminal to Katajanokka via Kauppatori offers plenty of potential.  


Updated 18.2.2021