Torikorttelit area – springtime, snowstorms and DIY workshops

Spring is approaching fast! There's more and more sunshine every day and everyone's smiling. Even if there's still loads of snow on the ground and yes, they are predicting a blizzard for tonight, I'm feeling like summer is just around the corner.

In the beginning of March we had some Beast from the East weather like we had everywhere in Europe. Or like we call -20 Celsius, just another Tuesday. We even went ice fishing with some friends. It was my first time and felt pretty exotic. Now we're stuck with +2 C while I heard rumours that there are people walking around with T-shirts somewhere in Europe. Wonder what that feels like.

 Picture from a month ago – walking on ice now is not advisable!

Picture from a month ago – walking on ice now is not advisable!

But hey, spring is a state of mind. There are three leather and denim jackets hanging in our hallway just in case one of these days is their lucky day. 

Spring has even brought out the handicrafts girl in me, that I never knew existed. During easter we visited Made by Helsinki design store in Torikorttelit, where they have different free workshops every month. The one for March was to make tulip origamis. My tulips looked more like a pile of ripped and twisted paper, though... 

Origami tulips in Made by Helsinki
Origami tulip
Origami tulip in Made by Helsinki

The shop was really cute with lots of Finnish ecological fashion, jewellery, postcards and other giftshop things. The Torikorttelit area is situated in the old buildings right next to the Senate Square. The buildings are the oldest in Helsinki, from the 18th century. There are lots of small boutiques and cafés in each one. A nice way to spend some time after sightseeing. I'd especially recommend the Helsinki City Museum (free of charge) and El Fant café. For fancy cocktails and when you want to feel special, try to knock on Trillby & Chadwick's secret door. 

Made by Helsinki shop
Made by Helsinki Torikorttelit
Made by Helsinki Torikorttelit

While I'm writing this, the snowflakes are starting to dance on the street behind my window. Looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer for summer, but at least the sun shines. 

 Marjaniemi beach in eastern Helsinki – lots of nature and jogging routes by the sea, just a short subway ride from the center.  And a possibility to swim in the icy waters for the brave ones, of course. 

Marjaniemi beach in eastern Helsinki – lots of nature and jogging routes by the sea, just a short subway ride from the center.  And a possibility to swim in the icy waters for the brave ones, of course.