After three weeks, weather forecast stated that sun will appear in Helsinki on this weekend. Even though I didn't have high hopes on a sunny day, I suggested my friends to check some new places at the city center. On Saturday morning, sun showed itself; we both cheered and cursed at the same time. Now more snow would melt and refreeze. Walking like a penguin and checking around each time I slipped on ice -did anyone saw that?-: Became a routine for me! Yet, I haven't fallen on ice or on snow. My principles only allow me to fall on my butt at illogical circumstances -like in a full classroom, by adjusting my chair's leg into the hole on the ground-. Hyvää?! (Good? Are you okay?)
Since I didn't crack my tailbone, I was able to enjoy the sunny Saturday. First stop of the day was Luomus, Natural History Museum. This little museum is located in Kamppi and its also a research institute functioning under Helsinki University. In such a new looking city center, this old building with some humor suddenly pops up at a corner.
From the time point I remember, I was crazy about animals. First books I ever had were encyclopedia series about the fauna at different parts of the world. Natural history museums make me very excited and this one was pretty nice too. All the exhibitions were prepared with unique details and serious attentiveness. Their collection was wide in comparison to such a small looking place. In my opinion, it was way better than most of the online reviews said. Especially the world's animals floor became my favorite. I don't want to ruin the discovering part for you with more details. Otherwise I can write to every little detail, maybe minus the Latin names.
If you have kids, you can enjoy a fun and educative day with them. The place was full of trivia games for kids, like guess the animal boxes. Extra good news if you are a animal crazy biology major student, you can enter the museum for free! I am planning to come here as often I can.
Without having tea with the giraffes, we left the museum. We were all very hungry, so no second thoughts at that moment. What could be a better place than Hesburger? It is a Finnish fast food chain with many tasty options for all diet types. I have been eating very healthy for couple of weeks, so I deserved to have a bite of hamburger with delicious sauces they offer.
Our next plan was exploring the Design District a little. However, I didn't realize the closing times of the most of the shops were 2-3 pm. On which earth shops close at 2 pm on Saturday?! We walked a little in the cold and call it the day for this time. For a great ending, a hot beverage is always my favorite at chilly Helsinki nights -understatement-.
*K is the ultimate tea lover among us. Personally, I also really don't like saying no to a refreshing cup of tea. It's a cultural habit maybe. The Huone is one of the cool cafes that you can visit at the Design District. Their tea selection is massive and the staff is super friendly. You first need to find a place to sit in the minimalist yet sincere cafe. Luckily, we got the last empty table and went to counter to order our tea. Menu is pretty simple with pot options and tea lattes. The girl who took our orders helped us to ease our decision time. White, black or green? We ordered a pot of green tea with sakura and a pot of white tea with pomegranate. Another plus, price was very reasonable especially if you are willing to share with your friends. Wait, isn't that the main purpose of having tea?
Not only tea was delicious, the presentation was also neat. The waiter brought matcha chocolate with the tea. I love, love matcha and everything made with it! From all these positive qualities, I keep the best to the last. They have a sustainable approach to tea as it actually should be at every tea place. It was my first time to see it though. You can have refills of hot water to re-brew your tea. They leave the tea at your table. If you are filled with tea, you can always smell it as I do.
The Huone might escape from your attention when you are walking through Eerinkatu. But definitely, it shouldn't. It is a place with an addiction potential for tea lovers or future ones. No, I didn't get paid by them or anything. It is just this kind of sincere environment and quality, are rare to spot. So, it is worth sharing. When you want to have some nice conversation with a friend, invite this person to here and let the time go by with the perfect tea. In the end, who are we without our good friends?