Spending time on a beach is one of the most popular things to do in Helsinki during the hot summer months. The city of Helsinki offers more than 30 public beaches where you can spend some time doing beach activites or relaxing with your family and friends. The beaches are mostly on the seaside but a few of them are also along the Vantaa River. Beaches such as Hietaranta, Kallahdenniemi, Laajasalo, Marjaniemi, Munkkiniemi, Mustikkamaa are the places where you can hit on a warm afternoon. The city authorities supervise these beaches and their waters are tested during the swimming seasons.
Helsinki's favorite beach
Hietaranta Beach is a favorite summer getaway, just 30 minutes' walk from Esplanadi in the city center. A landfill at the beginning of the 20th century, today the beach features a shallow and safe swimming area, perfect for learning how to swim in waters that quickly get warm. The beach area provides many opportunities to have fun in the sun, like beach volleyball and basketball. Kids will enjoy making new friends at their dedicated playground. Nearby you will also find a miniature golf course and the Taivallahti Tennis Center. The beach his equipped with toilets, showers, and changing cabins.
A day at Hierantata wouldn't be complete without popping in Café Bistro Badenbaden, to enjoy a good lunch or just a refreshment on the wooden terrace overlooking the sea. Bistro Badenbaden is the summer's best lunch spot in Töölö and Hietaniemi. From traditional Baltic delicacies to generous burgers, savor Badenbaden's seasonal treats. When the season is over, the café is only open during the weekends and upon request. It's a perfect location to celebrate birthdays, recreation days, bachelors parties, Christmas dinners, christenings, game nights or any good occasion to spend a nice time by the beach, not far from the center, but away enough to forget the bustle of the city. You might even come across a Finish wedding party while strolling on the beach!