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Summer in a rental apartment in Kallio − Katja’s five favourite spots

The rental apartments in Kallio are located in a true urban environment with countless cozy cafes, cool clubs and green parks. Katja from Espoo spent a summer in Kallio and fell in love with the capital city.

Katja Mattila won SATO’s Dream Urban Summer Home competition in 2016 and got to spend the summer in a SATO RentHome in the Kallio district very close to the centre of Helsinki. Katja was at first nervous about the move, but a month later she was already practically a born and bred Kallio local.

Katja’s five favourite spots for the summer:

1. Kallio Church

A prominent landmark standing tall at the end of Siltasaarenkatu street, the Kallio Church was one of Katja’s favourite places. A fine example of the National Romantic style, the church was designed by architect Lars Sonck. The grey granite building can be seen from a great distance and is a good landmark helping you find your way around Kallio.

"I’ve walked around to see it from different viewpoints and taken photos from all sorts of angles. It’s just so splendid.”

2. Tokoinranta park

Tokoinranta is a popular area for people to spend their summer evenings. This large park by the Helsinki City Theatre has plenty of space for enjoying the summer. In Katja’s opinion this is where the spirit of Kallio is at its most obvious.

"People are friendly and open, and you can even go and talk to strangers."

3. Karhupuisto Park

Karhupuisto Park next to the Kallio Church gets quite lively in the summer. The old kiosk at the edge of the park serves as a summer cafe these days. In recent years several events have been organised in the park, including hugely popular urban festivals.

"It’s a small but great place, and you can see the church from there, too."

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4. Helsinginkatu and Fleminginkatu streets

The two-kilometre Helsinginkatu street passes through Kallio, separating it from the neighbouring Alppiharju district. The street is full of bars and interesting shops. The nearby Fleminginkatu street also has plenty of shops and places to eat and drink.

"There’s always people in the streets, even in the middle of the night. At times it felt as if I was actually somewhere abroad."

5. Töölönlahti Bay

The shores of Töölönlahti Bay are popular among joggers and walkers. You will also find several cafes and opportunities for keeping fit, especially in the summer. Katja was particularly impressed by one of the cafes (Sinisen huvilan kahvila).

"There was this really cool blue wooden house with a cafe by the path that I used to take a lot. This summer should have lasted an entire year so that I could have done much more.”

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