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The Esplanadi park.

In the heart of Helsinki, the capital of Finland, Esplanadi (Swedish: Esplanaden) is an esplanade consisting of the Esplanadinpuisto park and the parallel one-way streets on its sides named Pohjoisesplanadi (Finnish for North Esplanade, Swedish: Norra Esplanaden) and Eteläesplanadi (Finnish for South Esplanade, Swedish: Södra Esplanaden). They lead from Erottaja Square to Market Square (Kauppatori), and North Esplanade extends along the border of Market Square up to Katajanokka Channel. Parallel to Pohjoisesplanadi, a little northwards, is Aleksanterinkatu. Esplanadi is colloquially called "Espa".

Kappeli is a popular restaurant in Esplanadi.

The big green area between the two streets is very active in summer, where many Finns come to have a picnic. There are also numerous live music performances on a special outdoor stage in front of Cafe Kappeli. There is a statue of Johan Ludwig Runeberg by his son Walter Runeberg in the park. The park was originally opened in 1812.

A kiosk in Esplanadi, selling coffee and ice cream in summertime. This kiosk is the cheapest place to buy coffee in the entire centre of Helsinki.
The Esplanadi park in winter.

Coordinates: 60°10′03″N 24°56′52″E / 60.16750°N 24.94778°E / 60.16750; 24.94778

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Esplanadi at Wikimedia Commons
  • Esplanade Park in Green Hearts – Park Walks In Helsinki by City of Helsinki Public Works Department