Ten summer tips for Porvoo

Porvoo belongs to summer

Located in the northeast of Helsinki, about an hour’s drive away, Porvoo is a beautiful summer town, whose red barns, Old Porvoo with a summer atmosphere, and friendly riverboats make a summer day a success. There is plenty to do and see in the city, and for example, the colorful buildings of Old Porvoo and the small boutiques and restaurants located along the cobbled streets guarantee something to do even for the whole day.

However, Porvoo is also much more than just the old part of town that is popular with tourists, and it is worth visiting the city outside of Old Porvoo as well. The shopping opportunities in the center, high-quality restaurants and beautiful green areas make this small town worth a day trip – or even a longer one.

Read the tips and spend a sunny summer day in Porvoo!

1. Drink coffee on a riverboat

Start a sunny summer day on the Porvoo riverside, where you can tune in to the summer atmosphere by sipping your morning coffee on a gently swaying riverboat to the rhythm of the waves. Local coffee is available, for example, in the coffee shop of the Porvoo roastery, the ship anchored in front of which is a great place for a relaxed morning coffee moment. At the same time, you can watch cruise ships and take a look at what’s really going on in the adjacent red fences.

2. Walk along the riverbank

Porvoo’s riverside is a popular port, and many different ships are anchored there. Go for a walk along the riverbank and remember to wave at the ships flying by. A great view of Old Porvoo opens up from the southwest side of the river, and the small path next to the shore is a great route for a relaxing day walk. There are also benches along the route where you can sit and watch the historical view on the other side of Porvoonjoki.

3. Walk around Old Porvoo

The most famous attraction in Porvoo is the medieval Vanha Porvoo, located near Porvoonjoki. There is plenty to see in the 550 buildings of the old town, which consists of colorful wooden houses and cobblestone streets, and 250 of the historic houses are still in residential use. In the old part of the city, time passes in a frenzy, because the atmospheric atmosphere of Old Porvoo quickly takes you away.

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Porvoo’s restaurant world offers versatile options.

4. Eat dinner in Porvoo

Crown a successful holiday and book a table at a restaurant in Porvoo. Along the river and in Old Porvoo, there are numerous high-quality restaurants that are worth visiting even from a long distance away. Popular places include, for example, Bistro Sinne, Liharavintola Meat District and Restaurant Hanna-Maria, which specializes in home cooking.

>> Read more restaurant tips for Porvoo!

5. Stop by the delicatessens

In Old Porvoo, there are numerous sweet shops that a sugar lover can’t just walk past. The most famous is Brunberg’s store located right on the edge of the old town, which is known not only for its sweet treats but also for its generous tastings. Brunberg also has another store in Porvoo, which is located in connection with the factory outside the city center. There are also other delicatessen boutiques in the Old Porvoo area, such as Skafferi, a colonial goods store that sells historical delicacies.

6. View the scenery from the cathedral

Located in the heart of Old Porvoo, Porvoo Cathedral dates from the 14th century. The church, which has burned numerous times, and the surrounding yard are popular places to visit, not least because of the views from the front of the church. The church is located on a hill, from the top of which you can see across Old Porvoo to the river.

7. Shop in the center

In addition to the small boutiques in Old Porvoo, you should also shop in the city center. There is a good selection of chain stores in the downtown area, and especially the shopping area starting behind the Linja bus station offers visitors numerous clothing, shoe and interior design stores to browse.

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The city’s atmospheric hotels are in a class of their own.

8. Spend an active day downhill biking

The summer in Porvoo offers numerous outdoor activities, of which fast-paced downhill cycling is best suited for the wild. The Kokonniemi ski center, located about two kilometers from the city center, turns into a downhill cycling field in the summer.
At Kokonniemi Bike Park, you can enjoy the charm of speed on several tracks.

9. Go on a museum visit to Porvoo

Historical Porvoo has numerous museums that shed light on the region’s past. Located in old Porvoo, the Porvoo museum consists of the old town hall and the Holm house that rises next to it. In addition to the museum presenting the history and art of the Porvoo region, the city also has, among other things, a toy and doll museum.

10. Take a swim

A swimming trip is an important part of a successful summer day, and Porvoo offers numerous swimming opportunities. There is an inland swimming pool connected to the Kokonniemi ski center in the summer, but the city also has numerous good beaches. In addition to Maauimala, the Hasselholma beach in Veckjärvi also has supervision.

>> Read more tips to Porvoo in Rantapallo’s destination guide

Text: Inka Khanji
Photos: Visit Finland / Vastavalo and Inka Khanji

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