The former working-class district of Kallio is one of the most characterful parts of Helsinki. Favoured these days by artists and students, the district’s bohemian bars and trendy boutiques attract visitors with a sense of adventure.
Pitkäsiltä, the “Long Bridge”, connects the Kallio and Kaisaniemi districts – it was once said that the bridge separated the working classes from the bourgeoisie. Two-storey wooden houses and neighbourhoods originally characterised the neighbourhood.
Pitkäsiltä, the “Long Bridge”
until stone apartment buildings began to appear in the early 20th century along with industry and settlers from the countryside. Subsequently, Kallio developed into a working-class district.
Kallio has retained its own unique identity. The densely populated district offers lots of services – nearly every building has shops on the ground floor. The district is also famous for its bohemian local bars and sharp contrasts. The image of Kallio has since been immortalised in the films of
world-famous Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki.
Linnanmäki Amusement Park
The adjacent district of Alppila is a colourful neighbourhood of wooden buildings and home to Linnanmäki Amusement Park, the Worker Housing Museum and the Helsinki Hall of Culture (Kulttuuritalo). The home of contemporary food culture in Helsinki, the Abattoir, (”Teurastamo”) can also be found nearby