When summer’s warmth slowly gives in to autumn’s winds, it’s time for one last look into the past months. We had been planning a day trip to Porvoo for a long time with Roope, and when we finally managed to realize our plans at the end of August, mother nature blessed us with the last truly hot, sticky day of summer.
Porvoo is a beautiful old town with picturesque, colourful wooden houses dotted all over the place. Spending a day there is like entering a different dimension; one where there’s no rush and all is well. The market streets along the river are full of cute little craft stores and cafés, and if you walk up the hill to the church, you’ll spot the tiniest chocolate shop, Lilla Chokladfabriken (best chocolate muffins I’ve ever tasted, by the way). The town is also known for its liquorice because of Brunberg, one of the best known candy manufacturers in Finland.
One place I’d definitely recommend for a coffee (or beer) break while strolling the streets is Porvoon Paahtimo, Mannerheiminkatu 2. It’s right next to the river, and the café extends into a cute little boat floating on the river.
There was a town-wide yard sale going on that day!
If you’re a meat lover, check out Meat District. When we came across the restaurant on one of the streets, we cursed ourselves for having already had lunch because the place let out the most delicious scent! After our trip, I saw an article recommending the restaurant on Nyt.fi.
So that’s it for my photos of Porvoo! If you’re a Finn and have never been to this little town, make sure you make that right as soon as possible. If you’re just visiting Helsinki, Porvoo is a nice little day trip to take while you’re here – in the summertime, you can even take a cruise there on this incredibly cute old-time boat. The quicker option is to take a bus from Kamppi.