Matinlahti Hotel Espoo
Rantamaki 3, Espoo, Southern Finland, 02230, Finland
More about Espoo
Bemböle Coffee House from outside in summer
Main lobby of WeeGee
My first time was 1997 when i bought this cap!
Travel Tips for Espoo
Single-family houses in Tapiola usually come in form of row-houses, set freely in the landscape and usually with no fences around the plots. The division between public and private is usually made by placement of different plants.
This type of flats was originally planned for families with children. Their contact with the terrain and nature remains their best quality.
Golf range, Leppävaara
It's the biggest golf range in Finland - Alberga golf in Leppävaara.
Just about 200-300 meters away from the train station there so it's very accessible even from Helsinki city center. Open every day 10-21. You can rent golf clubs (2 euro per club) from a small booth there. There's also a red ball machine (or what's it called?) - insert coins (accepts 20, 50 cents and 1, 2 euro coins) and it dispenses balls. With 2 euros you get 34 balls.
You can also practise your putting on two small greens.
I like the place (even though I don't golf much, I don't even have a green card!) because it's so near to my apartment and there's lots of space. Bring coins and your own clubs if you have them with you.
University campus in Otaniemi
If you’re interested in modern architecture, then while in Tapiola a visit to university campus in nearby Otaniemi is a must. Alvar Aalto’s Main University Building from 1964 is a real landmark of the Helsinki University of Technology. University campus is set in a natural environment of the Otaniemi horn, on the eastern outskirts of Espoo. The focal point of the university centre is the auditorium building made in brick with staircase-like rows of windows looking like an amphitheatre from the outside.
You can walk to Otaniemi from the centre of Tapiola or take one of the buses from Tapiola Bus terminal.
For more info about Aalto's buildings, opening times etc check this website: http://www.jkl.fi/aalto/info/guide/index.htm
Nokia Head Office
The Nokia headquarters building in Keilalahti was designed & built in 1997 by Pekka Helin and expresses the Finnish philosophy of building close to nature while using contemporary architectural languages – in this case of transparent glass and “smart” facades.
A bit better in Sello
Café Buffo is a nice coffeehouse that suffers from its location in middle of Sello shopping. Would the café be somewhere else, the ambience would be much better. A number of seats is arranged a sort of lounge-like, and there is more feeling of privacy than with normal coffeehouse seating. This helps to keep the noise level down a bit, too.
The café sells both sweet and salty pastries, sandwiches and other café stuff. All normal special coffees are available, as well as soft drinks and juices. Compared to other cafés in Sello, Buffo feels a bit better somehow.