Best Of Vallila
The Vallila district lies just a stone's throw away from Kallio and is well worth a visit while in the area. In the past years, Vallila has been discovered by a creative layer of designers, architects and artists, creating new urban culture little by little in the numerous old warehouse blocks found in the streets here. This same wave has also brought several new shops and cafés to the area. The following list gives tips on where to head in "ValKa"!
Suvanto is the love child of a food journalist and a photographer. The cosy café is pretty like a blossom, and the tables are lined with beautiful carnations. Light flows in from the street, giving air and a sensation of space. Fun details such as numbered chairs, an old floor and a piano add to the pleasant vibe. The Suvanto day starts with porridge and continues with a homemade soup for lunch. Try a piece of raw bilberry cake to go with the coffee hailing from the nearby Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo roastery.
Stoori is the coolest self-service flea market in town, with a wide selection. The owners have decidedly turned to recycled choices in everything. The bar is built from materials handed down from festivals and dumpsters. The walls are adorned with retro posters and the window sills are lined with fun pictures and other decorations. The cosy café serves organic fare and the youngest visitors have their own play area. The Vinyl Trade record store shares the space.
Several street level shops have popped up in the surroundings of the Vallila tram depot hall. Varikon Varjo is a stationery and gift store founded by fashion designer Liisa Riski, also doubling as her studio. The selection includes paper products such as fun postcards and interior prints, as well as small items such as ceramics from both Finnish and international makers. For now, the store has a limited selection of Riski's own designs, but the plan is to very soon stock up on more clothing and vintage items, turning into a lifestyle shop. The shop is open from Thursday through Saturday.
HELSINGIN KAHVIPAAHTIMON PÄIVÄKAHVIBAARI
The Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo coffee roastery opened up a daytime café with an unbeatable feeling! The interior is decorated with exciting details such as an old workbench as a table and a clever selection of different shelves hung on the whitewashed tile wall. You can easily linger for a long while examining the space!
Konepajan Bruno Konepajan Bruno is a former railway engineering workshop in Vallila that now serves as a lively weekend venue for flea markets and events where you can also get tasty street food. Inside the Creative Space you will find a hairdresser’s, a tattoo parlour and a clothing boutique.
Bruno is open from Friday to Sunday and hosts clubs and live gigs on summer weekends featuring interesting Finnish indie artists. Street Gastro’s Pertti Kallioinen and Pasi Hassinen, who together have revolutionised the street food scene in Finland, have designed a special food and drink concept for the summer. There is plenty of great food to choose from, and over the summer 20 street food trucks will park outside Bruno on Fridays and stay until Sunday.
Aleksis Kiven katu 17 A
PUU-VALLILLA WOODEN DISTRICT
Puu-Vallila is a charming village in a city with candy-coloured wooden houses, kids playing safely between the houses, and an all-round, tight-knit communal feeling. Nowadays the area is highly sought-after for its small wooden houses and fenced yards. The 1910s living ideals carry on in the small plots in the narrow streets following the landscape. Wooden houses with mansard roofs circle the intimate inner courtyards with their small maintenance houses.
These buildings were designed in the 1910s by Karl Hård af Segerstad, and the newer side of the area in the 1920s by Toivo Paatela and Armas Lindgren. Puu-Vallila was condemned to be demolished for a long time, but fortunately brought to new life after a renovation in the 1980s.
The area is found between the Hämeentie, Teollisuuskatu and Sturenkatu streets
In the depths of the Vallila industrial zone, this warehouse club is part of the same family with the Kallio hotspots Kuudes Linja, Siltanen and Kaiku. The rugged club boasts one of the best sound systems in town. Evenings of techno are complimented by alternative electronic music as well as punk and rock with an edge. On summer Sundays, the yard fills up with an outdoor party with top DJ guests. Ääniwalli acts have included Jamie XX, DJ Shadow, Dead Moon, Skepta, Kenny Dope, Mudhoney and Hercules & Love Affair. Check the current line ups at facebook.com/aaniwalli
Mashiro Small and sweet Mashiro charms with its Japanese donburi dishes. The rice bowls are served with a topping of salmon, vegetables, pork or chicken. The staple sauce is made from dashi broth: typically stewed from fish and / or seaweed and seasoned with mirin. Appearance counts – the portions are beautiful here. Enjoy with green tea or ginger beer. Mashiro is open for lunch, as well as Friday dinner until 8pm.
NB! Closed for summer holidays 18 July - 3 August.