Helsinki has been called Europe’s “hippest city,” and many of its offerings support that claim. Its bars (like chic cocktail joint Liberty or Death and wine spot Vin Vin) and restaurants (like Chef & Sommelier) are equally cool and eclectic. At night, the Korjaamo Culture Factory is a central hub for culture, hosting everything from comedy to live music, with an art gallery and pub. If you go during the winter months, be sure to experience the region’s famous saunas, the most popular of which is the Kotiharjun Sauna. Shoppers will also be in heaven, especially those with an interest in sustainable and eco design. Some of the trendiest are Globe Hope, Urban Story, and Ekolo.