Design District Helsinki

Helsinki’s Design District is a vibrant hub of creativity in the very heart of the city. Whether by intention or happy accident, when you arrive to the Finnish capital, you are greeted by design at every turn. The Design District spans several downtown neighborhoods that include Punavuori, Kaartinkaupunki, Kruunuhaka, Kamppi and Ullanlinna, and is a fantastic blueprint for exploring the city.

Helsinki has long been recognised as a city of design. It’s legacy as World Design Capital during 2012 can be seen in the many projects it inspired, from the Culture Sauna and Kamppi Chapel of Silence to the Helsinki University Library and the Oodi Library. Each September the city is wonderfully transformed during Helsinki Design Week, drawing crowds of design enthusiasts from around the world, but design is celebrated year-round here and is a state of mind.

Pick up a Design District Helsinki map and follow the trail. The well-curated selection of more than 200 boutiques, ateliers, museums, galleries and cafes, as well as internationally recognisable design labels like Marimekko, will make you fall in love with Finnish design if you haven’t already.


Helsinki is a modern, pocket-sized European city known for design and high technology. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, as well as its location between the East and the West.