Laura Lepistö, 30, Helsinki
As an Olympic figure skater, I achieved World and European medals and got to travel around the world. Nowadays, I love to spend more time in my home city Helsinki, which is at its best during the summer. I still work in sports as an entrepreneur – our company is specialized in sports content and video production. During my spare time, I love to run and be active in many ways.
So still breathing sports at its fullest!
Hietaniemi – Seurasaari
Urban running routes are my thing. I like to run where there are other people too and Hietaniemi coast line has always joggers passing by. Seeing people around gives me energy. The route goes via coast line from Lapinlahti past Hietaniemi cemetery and the beach towards Seurasaari. It is one of the best routes to enjoy your long run, since you may lengthen your run around charming Seurasaari. The beautiful coast is also perfect for a relaxed walk with a friend – and an ice cream.
Töölönlahti is definitely our living room of wellbeing in Helsinki. The nice route around the beautiful water, training areas, standup paddling and the park provide the perfect location for any kind of feel-good training. During the summer, Töölönlahti is usually full of happy people enjoying their spare time.
Onda serves the tastiest lunch in Helsinki. The buffet table is full of fresh ingredients – also vegan and gluten free options – and everything just tastes so good. If it’s sunny, go and enjoy your food at the terrace – one of the warmest ones in Helsinki! The dinner and weekend brunch are also worth trying.
Kaivopuisto by the sea is one of the most popular places in Helsinki to enjoy a warm summer day or evening. Grab your picnic basket, music player and group of friends and enjoy the sea view and the relaxed atmosphere. If you run out of refreshments, there are plenty of nice cafes and terraces such as Mattolaituri, Ursula or Karuselli for drinks or food. If you feel like partying, take a short walk to Hernesaari where there are artists on stage during the whole summer. Kaivopuisto is also the place to go on May 1st when we celebrate Vappu! The sight is a bit different…
On a summer evening, this cafe is the most Finnish one to go. The picturesque red cottage cafe reminds us Finns of our traditional summer cottages that most of us have somewhere in Finland by a lake (since we have thousands of them!). Regatta stands by the sea, so you may enjoy your coffee and cinnamon bun outside while watching the sunset. They also have a bonfire where you can grill sausages and keep yourself warm on a chilly evening. So cozy!