WeeGee & Moms

Last Saturday we visited the WeeGee exhibition centre in Espoo to see the civil war in Espoo exhibition at the Espoo City Museum, KAMU. The exhibition was very interesting. We also took a look at the Futuro house, which I had wanted to see for some time but it was rather disappointing and I wasn’t even able to get a picture of the house even though I tried. This time we didn’t visit the exhibitions of Emma (Espoo museum of modern art). On the way to the exhibition centre we jumped off the metro at Koivusaari to check out the only metro station in the world located under the sea and that houses Finland’s longest escalator 76,2 meters.

Civil war exhibition
Civil war exhibition
By J-P Kärnä [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons
Inside the Futuro house

Back in Helsinki, we decided to stop by a rooftop terrace at Restaurant Loiste for a refreshing drink. Unbelievably this was our first time for terrace drinks this summer, somehow there just hasn’t been the opportunity until now. Then we took the train to Kauniainen where we had an early dinner at Moms. This is now our closest bar/restaurant where we had lunch once but never before tried the a la carte menu. I had Ceasar salad with crayfish and hubby had a turkey sandwich with grilled turkey, focaccia, chili mayonnaise, mozzarella and rocket pesto. The food was really tasty and made with high-quality ingredients. We will definitely go back here for dinner.

View from Loiste rooftop terrace

HAM, Salve & Clarion Sky Room

This Saturday we headed into Helsinki to check out the Modern Life exhibit at Helsinki Art Museum (HAM) as the exhibit was closing on Sunday. The Modern Life! – Finnish Modernism and the International Dimension exhibit showcased highlights of architecture, design, visual art and photography that contributed to the construction of a modern and international Finland between 1917 and 1968.

After an interesting tour of the museum we had planned on heading to Bar Runar at hotel F6 for drinks but after walking to the hotel we realized the bar would not open until 4 p.m. which I could have seen on their webpage had I bothered to check. I did snap a few pictures of the courtyard, however. We will definitely head back to Runar for cocktails some other time during opening hours.

We were heading to Salve, an old sailor’s hangout that has been operating since 1897 but that quite recently moved to new premises, for an early dinner. So we decided to walk there and stop at a bar on the way. However, as it was July and Finland is practically closed and apparently no one needs or wants a drink before 4 pm we could not find an open bar on the way. This meant we simply went to Salve and had some food. I chose the fish hash with smoked salmon, prawns, tuna fish, onion, potato, dill and egg yolk and hubby opted for Salve’s special with a breaded pork schnitzel, fried egg, sausage, choron sauce and fried potatoes. The food was tasty and the portions were huge, I barely ate half of mine.

As I still wanted a cocktail we decided to walk to the Clarion hotel just across the dock basin from where we had dinner. This hotel that opened in October 2016 has a rooftop bar called the Sky Room on the 16th floor. We stepped into the hotel and I immediately liked the lobby with huge windows opening up to the sea. Then we headed to the elevator that took us up to the 16th floor that also hosts a rooftop pool & terrace. We peaked into the pool area and I absolutely want to come spend a night at the hotel and enjoy the facilities. The Sky Room bar had a nice vibe, excellent views and tasty but pricy drinks. As the bar was quite full I could not really take any pictures of the views.

The Clarion
Lobby. Picture from booking.com
A Rhubarpickle and a Napue & tonic
Sky Room at night. Picture from http://www.nordicchoicehotels.fi
View from elevator