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Match Made in HEL: Designer Heikki Salonen’s Guide to Helsinki

18.6.2016 at 08:00
One of the seven Match Made in HEL designers, Heikki Salonen from Finland, draws his inspiration from the urban and natural landscapes of Helsinki.

If you are spending your holiday in Helsinki, follow Salonen’s footsteps and visit these three lovely places:

Ilposet Kiosk

"We live in Kruununhaka and Ilposet is where my morning starts. I always walk there and get the news from the lovely Ilponen lady. Great coffee, it's the cheapest around there."

Mustikkamaa Island

"Mustikkamaa is like a little escape with a great coastal view. If you know Wallander, the great detective series from Sweden, it's exactly like the coast where Wallander always walks with his dog. We walk with ours."

Kallio district

"Kallio has so many stories. That's my Helsinki. That's where I used to live. I have always been drawn to Kallio, because it's a little bit more decadent than the other areas of Helsinki. It's way more likely that you'll find someone like-minded there than in the other areas."

Watch the whole Match Made in HEL - The Runway Fashion Show here.

See also other designers’ guides to their hometowns:
Arashi Yanagawa’s guide to Tokyo
Shangguan Zhe’s guide to Shanghai
Bora Aksu’s guide to London
Henrik Vibskov’s guide to Copenhagen
Hyein Seo’s guide to Seoul
Anders Haal’s guide to Stockholm