Porvoo, Finland’s 3rd oldest city, is only an hour’s bus ride away from the capital city. Its existence dates at least to the 14th century, where the earliest writings are discovered. One can really see, feel and smell the history on the alleys of old-Porvoo: cobblestone streets, rustic wooden houses and shops with local handcrafts, mixed with modern design stores, Scandinavian restaurants, inviting bakeries and cozy beer cafes. The restaurants of Porvoo use a respectful amount of organic and local produce and offer a healthy variety of vegan food. And don’t forget to support Porvoos entrepreneurs and try out goodies from the local chocolatier, Brunberg.
Christmas time in Porvoo is magical: take a walk in the old city, enjoy a cup of hot coffee at Helmi Coffee and Tea Saloon and visit Porvoo’s historical Christmas markets to fill up Santa’s sack! Porvoo is a great destination for a day trip from Helsinki.