What $500 Buys in Helsinki
Experience the World Design Capital of 2012.
One night at Klaus K’s new Urban Suite, with its semitransparent glass and soft lighting evoking a forest canopy, designed by Finnish Compasso d’Oro winner Harri Koskinen, plus a massage using oils derived from Finnish herbs at the hotel’s Day Spa. klauskhotel.com.
Twelve tickets to see the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra at its new home, Helsinki Music Centre, and two brooches made from recycled telephone cords featuring images of iconic Finnish singers, available at Fuga, the center’s gift shop. musiikkitalo.fi.
Dinner and drinks for four at the six-month-old Kämp Signé, where Finnish chef Sami Hallberg’s New Nordic menu—largely foraged, of course—features dishes like pike perch with angelica. kampsigne.fi.
A small leather Knit Supermarket Bag with twill lining and a black Sofia clutch from Finnish Lumi Supermarket (Lumi’s new flagship) in Kluuvi, Helsinki’s trendy shopping neighborhood. lumiaccessories.com.
Four bottles of Barolo Meriame wine, made in Piedmont by Finnish chef Jyrki Sukula, and four Spruce Sprout cocktails (Grand Marnier, tequila and spruce-sprout syrup) at Latva, a sophisticated 50-seat bar featuring sapas (Finnish tapas). latva.fi.
As of January 25, 1 euro = $1.30
Compiled by Erin Schumaker and Jamie Wiebe