Epilä, Tampere, has nature in the middle of the city – 7 tips to learn about the district

In Epilä you are literally close to nature as the beautiful Vaakkolammi Pond and park area is right in the middle of this residential district. Here you can also enjoy a hot sauna in the legendary Rajaportti or a hot dog at what is regarded as the best traditional fast-food place in Tampere.

Located in Western Tampere, Epilä caters for everyone with its areas of detached and terraced houses as well as apartment buildings. The bus to the centre of Tampere takes ten minutes, and the shores of southern Lake Pyhäjärvi and northern Lake Näsijärvi are less than ten minutes by foot.

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See our 7 tips to learn about Epilä.

1. Splendid old sauna

The air is fresh with a sweet smell of sauna. Rajaportti Sauna has become a cultural institution and has faithful regular visitors. First opened in the early 1900s, this is the only one of Tampere’s old public saunas that is still operational. It is known not only for its lively regulars but also for its pleasant quality sauna bath experience. And everyone is welcome to visit!

Pispala Sauna Association, Pispalan valtatie 9

2. Guaranteed fresh

You will be able to smell fresh bread in the area by the old leather factory. The Jussinhannan Leipä bakery and cafe is the place for delicious cakes, bread rolls and pastries. The cafe is known for its fresh selection: the breads and cakes are made during the night before, and the products are never frozen.

Jussinhannan Leipä Oy, Tohlopinranta 24

3. Animal health care

The pet health clinic Reviiri has operated at the Epilä Haapalinnankylä shopping centre since 2008. The experienced staff are available for a variety of treatments. The clinic specialises in dogs and cats, but first aid is provided for all species.

Eläinlääkäriasema Reviiri Oy, Pispalan valtatie 91

4. Stunningly good sausages

Vaakon nakki is regarded by many as the best traditional fast-food place in Tampere, and its story began in 1962 with a mobile sausage cart. This culinary institution has operated in the current location in Pispala, next door to Epilä, since the turn of the 1980s. The selection is huge and you are guaranteed not to leave hungry. A fire in 2010 almost destroyed the legendary eatery, but its operations were restored thanks to an internet support group.

Vaakon nakki, Pispalan valtatie 37

5. Flying frisbees

The Epilä disc golf course was designed by one of the Finnish top names of the sport, Jussi Meresmaa. DiscGolfPark is an easy place to have your first go at the game as you will not be required to pay any membership or green fees. The 9-hole park course is suitable for beginners as well as experienced golfers.

Epilä DiscGolfpark, Rankasillankatu

6. Quality clothes for kids

Ecological aspects and recycling are the strengths of Vekaratori Fantti selling second-hand children’s clothes. This self-service flea market has developed an easy option for busy parents: a service where the staff will take care of pricing as well as presentation. The profits will be split in half. Clothes sold at Fantti have to be in good condition as the buyers are picky and there is plenty of supply. Therefore it is a good idea to only sell items that you would also be prepared to buy at Fantti.

Vekaratori Fantti Oy, Pispalan valtatie 143

7. Windscreens fixed

Many people blame studs flying off winter tyres for windscreen damage, but by far the most common reason is small stones from the road hitting the windscreen. The key thing in windscreen repair is to have it fixed right away when it may still be possible to repair the damage without changing the entire windscreen. Tampereen Autolasipalvelu has more than 20 years of experience in windscreen repair and replacement. In addition to speed, a lot of care and skill is required in windscreen fixing.

Tampereen Autolasipalvelu, Pispalan Valtatie 91

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