Photo: Maija Astikainen

Tori Quarters in Full Summer Bloom with Culture and Beautiful Terraces

News   7.6.2017

The Tori Quarters form a new old part of town, fully renovated and reopened in the neoclassical central setting between the Senate Square and the Market Square.

The Tori Quarters ambiance is spun of mystery and old time proportions, now complemented with fresh new layers that invite visitors and locals alike for discoveries. The blocks host the Helsinki City Museum which was elected the museum of the year in 2017, the newly renovated beloved arthouse cinema Kino Engel with its outdoor summer screenings, and a wide mix of unique street level shops ranging from Lapuan Kankurit textiles and Marttiini knives to design bags by Lumi.

Restaurant hotspot and beautiful inner courtyard terraces

The Tori Quarters have shaped into a new restaurant hotspot through elaborate renovation efforts: the area will host 17 restaurants, cafes and bars this summer. The supply is abundant: Finnish and Scandinavian classics, diverse breakfasts and brunches, lunch buffets and long lunches, stylish dinners, pizza, pasta, a brewery restaurant with straight-forward food, and a speakeasy with the country's best cocktails.

A Tori Quarters speciality is the concentration of inner courtyard terraces – without forgetting the hot streetside seating in the summer. Some terraces enjoy full sun through the day while others offer a cozy shade.

While slipping into summer mood, the Tori Quarters become alive with more and more new. The restaurant scene grew even stronger with the City Hall Restaurant opening as a family-friendly brunch and lunch venue, the Finnish cafe chain Robert's Coffee opened its flagship cafe in a Jugend style hall on Pohjoisesplanadi, and the long awaited Pizzeria Via Tribunali is now serving hot pizzas from their centrepiece oven at Sofiankatu 4. A new restaurant called Chapter is due to open in mid June on Aleksanterinkatu. Shopping wise a novelty is the Ecolife Helsinki boutique, catering to wellbeing, health and children's accessories inside the Kiseleff House.

Visitor's Guide here.