The Ultimate Valentine's Day Guide in Helsinki

Stella Saastamoinen

Stella Saastamoinen

Celebrate the Valentine's Day in the capital of Finland with style! See IVALO's best tips for the most heart-eye-emoji-level Valentine's day ever!

Only one week left before the notorious Fête de l'amour, also known as Valentine's day! Although we love the romantic aspects of this lovey-dovey day, you shouldn't only focus on your special someone but also remember the significance of your ride or dies, nearest and dearest - friends. For the rest of the world Valentine's day is traditionally seen as the peak of sales in chocolate, roses and all other types of romantic gestures. Meanwhile in Finland, the home country of IVALO, we focus on showing our appreciation towards our friendships. In Finnish, Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which literally translates as Friend’s Day. Alas, turn that no date for V-day frown upside down and grab your friends for a special adventure in Helsinki!

The Breakfast with Your Pals

Start your day right with a perfect breakfast

Start your day right with a breakfast with your best pals! Helsinki has many great places to offer when it comes to great breakfast. Our team especially recommends Levain in Kankurinkatu 6, Kuuma in Albertinkatu 6, or IPI Kulmakuppila in Porthaninkatu 13 for the most perfect beginning for the day.

See our recommendation for the perfect cosy breakfast outfit with everlasting style pieces that'll make you look amazing even before the first cup of coffee!

Ice skating in the City

Enjoy some hot cocoa after your fun times on ice!

The tradition of Rousette skating on Valentine's Day is a fun activity that get's you moving all easy breezy on ice. However, switch the quest to find your perfect match on skates and pack instead a thermos of warm cocoa for a nice time with your bestie. In Helsinki you can easily get yo skates on right in the center at the Ice Park, located in Rautatientori, right next to the Central station.

Ooh and as it is cold outside...take a look at these heart warming options for the fiercest look on ice!

Artsy Lunch Date

Go and get inspired by the works of Finnish art masters in Ateneum on your lunch date!

Make your lunch break a bit more special for the sake of Cupid! Many Museums in Helsinki have special Valentine's day deals for their entrance tickets, for instance The National Museum of Finland offers a sweet 2-for-1 deal on their tickets on 14.2 (adress Mannerheimintie 34)! Other museums right in the center of Helsinki you definitely should consider visiting are the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Mannerheiminaukio 2 and Ateneum Art Museum in Kaivokatu 2.

But what to wear? Look like a masterpiece in these pieces:

Classic Date Night with a Twist

Ok, ok... After spending a day with your besties it's also okay to have some well deserved bae-time in the evening. But why would you do the classic dinner like every year? We recommend trying something new for the date! Go crazy for instance and try the Happy Waffle Hki in Tarkk'ampujankatu 4 that has the best egg-waffles in town!

Don't worry, you can still dress up for the occasion! Try for instance these pieces in our shop for your hot date:

Take part of IVALO x Nokonen Valentine's Give Away on IVALO's Facebook and Instagram!

We're giving you a chance to treat your best pal or boo with a beautiful hand-made Nokonen 5-panel cap in our wonderful Valentine's Give Away! Read more and take part in the #IVALOVE Give Away on IVALO's Instagram and Facebook!

Now go and get planning your perfect Valentine's Day even more perfect with our team's handy tips!

Stella Saastamoinen

Stella Saastamoinen

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