13.11.10 – Helsinki is divided into 59 neighborhoods, most existing since the 19th century, each having a two digit number and a name. The neighborhood I live in is called Punavuori which means “red mountain” in Finnish, a name with origins dating back to the 1600s when the place was originally home to mainly blacksmiths. Up until WWII the neighborhood had a seedy reputation, most of the brothels and beerhouses were found in Punavuori, but after the war, the neighborhood experienced a gentrification. Today you’ll find mostly trendy little shops, restaurants, parks filled with children and their parents.
I like it because the neighborhood still has a mix. If you want something nice you can go to Primula Bar for drinks, Kaffeecentralen for beans or Kanniston Leipomo (bakery) for fresh-baked bread. You can also work the seedy side by making your way over to the Karaoke Bar Restroom or experience the nightlife on Iso Robertinkatu. It’s all here and all within walking distance.
I’ll call it home for now 😉
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