Helsinki

I'm a bookish university student who enjoys good food and the occasional pint of dark lager; these are my recommended places and spaces in Helsinki (and a few in the Greater Helsinki Area).
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Lots and lots of cheap books in English, French, German and other languages, hosts debates and book clubs and live music evenings, has the friendliest owner ever and is, in general, the kind of a lively and lovely book store I want to own or work in some day. The first time I visited, I walked out with about fifteen paperbacks in my bag.

See 25 photos and 10 tips from 295 visitors to Arkadia Oy International Bookshop.

The largest UniCafe cafeteria has the most varied range of dishes available on any given day, usually one or two vegetarian/vegan options, a chicken dish and a red meat dish. There's a lot of space but of course, due to the location and lunch list it's crowded during the students' lunch hours (11am-1pm), and around 4pm.

The largest UniCafe cafeteria has the most varied range of dishes available on any given day, usually one or two vegetarian/vegan options, a chicken dish and a red meat dish. There's a lot of space but of course, due to the location and lunch list it's crowded during the students' lunch hours (11am-1pm), and around 4pm.

Student-friendly prices, tasty lunch menu, pretty awesome sandwiches and cakes/pies. In addition, there's a book store in the same space and a library right above! How much better can it get?

Student-friendly prices, tasty lunch menu, pretty awesome sandwiches and cakes/pies. In addition, there's a book store in the same space and a library right above!

The place is fairly small but in a good location, does take-away and reservations (though you can just walk in), has a pretty big menu and fast service. The prices have gone up in the recent years so I can't say anything about the current quality of food, but Daruma is where I ate sushi for the first time so I'll always think fondly of it.

See 51 photos and 17 tips from 696 visitors to Daruma Sushi. "Sushi lunch buffet for 9 euros. Not a big variety but good quality food :)"

The new University Main Library is huge, the architecture is modern and fresh but not intimidating, it's got almost all previously scattered university libraries in one place, there's an honest-to-God terrace on the top floor, and the café on second floor is comfy and a great place to study if you need a little background chatter to concentrate.

The new University Main Library is huge, the architecture is modern and fresh but not intimidating, it's got almost all previously scattered university libraries in one place, there's an honest-to-God terrace on the top floor, and the café on second floor is comfy and a great place to study if you need a little background chatter to concentrate.

Thai Orchid Itis is situated in the Itis shopping mall, formerly known as Itäkeskus. It has a gorgeous variable buffet (sushi included) available every day from noon-ish till late afternoon. Pricey on the weekend in comparison to others but well worth it.

Thai Orchid Itis is situated in the Itis shopping mall, formerly known as Itäkeskus. It has a gorgeous variable buffet (sushi included) available every day from noon-ish till late afternoon. Pricey on the weekend in comparison to others but well worth it.

Thirsty Scholar in Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen Lääni

See 11 photos and 4 tips from 312 visitors to Thirsty Scholar. "Well, there isn't such a thing as cheap beers in Helsinki.

A great place with friendly staff, good snakebite and a wide selection of downunder beers you won't find elsewhere.

See 55 photos and 19 tips from 2162 visitors to Club Aussie Bar.

Another student bar with cheap Wednesdays and more of a club house music list. A comfy place, though, and often hosts freshman week events. Apparently the Sunday brunch is popular, too.

Another student bar with cheap Wednesdays and more of a club house music list. A comfy place, though, and often hosts freshman week events. Apparently the Sunday brunch is popular, too.

It's a pub where the beer is so cheap the only reason they're in business is because people come to get a good buzz going before continuing somewhere else. Friendly staff and clean toilets, but I wouldn't recommend spending your entire evening here.

It's a pub where the beer is so cheap the only reason they're in business is because people come to get a good buzz going before continuing somewhere else. Friendly staff and clean toilets, but I wouldn't recommend spending your entire evening here.

There is a ton of science fiction and fantasy books in English in the back, especially older SF but the odd newer book does turn up. Some translated SF&F as well. Highly recommended for browsing even if you aren't looking for anything special.

There is a ton of science fiction and fantasy books in English in the back, especially older SF but the odd newer book does turn up. Some translated SF&F as well. Highly recommended for browsing even if you aren't looking for anything special.

Due to its location, Sofia has a pretty good selection of academic literature on a wide range of topics in the back room (linguists especially are encouraged to visit), but they mainly have a lot of fiction and non-fiction.

Due to its location, Sofia has a pretty good selection of academic literature on a wide range of topics in the back room (linguists especially are encouraged to visit), but they mainly have a lot of fiction and non-fiction.

Reasonable prices, clean and refreshing decor, good and polite service, tasty basic sushi that surprised me; my new favourite place after Daruma Sushi went outside the price range my budget allows.

Reasonable prices, clean and refreshing decor, good and polite service, tasty basic sushi that surprised me; my new favourite place after Daruma Sushi went outside the price range my budget allows.

Beer, basic pub grub, small tables, an interesting location, a bring-some-take-some bookshelf.

Beer, basic pub grub, small tables, an interesting location, a bring-some-take-some bookshelf.

The traditional gathering place of English Majors due to its location; has an excellent selection of both Finnish and imported beers/ciders, friendly and quick staff that know their products, and lots of space - although the pub can get packed on the weekends, so make sure to arrive early if your group is larger than four - that's divided into the (relatively) quieter side and the other side where sound carries better and the music is a tad louder.

The traditional gathering place of English Majors due to its location; has an excellent selection of both Finnish and imported beers/ciders, friendly and quick staff that know their products, and lots of space - although the pub can get packed on the weekends, so make sure to arrive early if your group is larger than four - that's divided into the (relatively) quieter side and the other side where sound carries better and the music is a tad louder.

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