Porvoo Old Town
Porvoo Old Town
4.5
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4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
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12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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  • Janka K
    Brno, Czech Republic8,174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favorite town with beautiful preserved buildings.
    Without expecting much, this was a nice surprise. It's definitely worth to visit this place and walk around for couple of hours, with some stops in the restaurants of cafés. What I specifically liked was that even the common houses or flat buildings seemed to be historical and preserved, making the historical city center much wider, not concentrating everything historical to one square or so. Parking at the place was pain, since almost every parking spot was either occupied, or expensive. Not to have a headache, I needed to go for that second option. There are some public toilets that I used. They were paid, but clean.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Sue R
    Las Vegas, Nevada208 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Quaint Picturesque Town
    We enjoyed our brief visit to Porvoo, about 35 miles east of Helsinki. However, the town was a bit drab compared to tourist literature that depicted the area as brightly painted and colorful. For example, the iconic town hall appeared to be rundown with fading beige walls. We enjoyed visiting the lovely church and some of the shops including the venerable chocolate shop!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Pauliina T
    Joensuu, Finland12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifull place
    Beautifull town and nice relaxing mood. Narrow streets and wooden buildings make you in a good mood. Good italian ice cream nearby the chocolate factory’s shop.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • elkakna
    Athens, Greece192 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautifull, romantic small town
    Porvoo, is the second oldest town in Finland and it is one of the most popular and photographed national landscapes. With its red-ochre painted riverside warehouses, the colourful wooden houses, small parks between beautiful buildings, a beautiful forest at the edge of the town and winding cobbled streets, I think it is a beautiful small town which is worth visiting. You can visit Porvoo by bus, it takes only 50-60 minutes from Helsinki Kamppi bus station. The ticket costs 10-20€. I believe that half a day is enough to visit, as the city is relatively small. We started our walk on the bank opposite the red houses from where we were able to admire not only the view of the opposite bank, but also the beautiful houses, the wonderful flowers that are literally everywhere and the nature that surrounds this small town (National Urban Park). Then, we toured among the quaint houses of Old Porvoo where there are various souvenir shops. You will also find many restaurants, cute cafes, quirky shops, chocolateries and romantic hotels. In Porvoo there is the Brunberg Chocolate/Sweets Factory which has produced chocolates and sweets since 1871. People are visiting this shop to taste Brunberg’s chocolate kisses, truffles, liquorice, and other sweets. The company has two shops, one in Old Porvoo on Välikatu Street and one at the factory on Teollisuustie Road in Tarmola. Attention: All stores at Porvoo close at 18:00 (August 2023) so you should plan your purchases before this time. We also visited the cathedral located on top of a hill. Externally temple was impressive, but internally there is nothing special to see. Admission is free. The temple is surrounded by a very beautiful atmospheric courtyard with plenty of shade and benches.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Peter Coombes
    Oxford, United Kingdom104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cold, but so nice.
    Minus 22. Who cares? The locals are out and carefully looking after tourists and business as usual. Its so nice to be here in the coldest weather... there's only about five other tourists all day. Heaven. Kids on sledges. People just going about their finny business. Really pretty, un-messed-about-with.. Modest traditional village.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 January 2024
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Peter Coombes
Oxford, UK104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Minus 22. Who cares? The locals are out and carefully looking after tourists and business as usual.
Its so nice to be here in the coldest weather... there's only about five other tourists all day. Heaven. Kids on sledges. People just going about their finny business.
Really pretty, un-messed-about-with.. Modest traditional village.
Written 7 January 2024
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elkakna
Athens, Greece192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Porvoo, is the second oldest town in Finland and it is one of the most popular and photographed national landscapes. With its red-ochre painted riverside warehouses, the colourful wooden houses, small parks between beautiful buildings, a beautiful forest at the edge of the town and winding cobbled streets, I think it is a beautiful small town which is worth visiting.
You can visit Porvoo by bus, it takes only 50-60 minutes from Helsinki Kamppi bus station. The ticket costs 10-20€. I believe that half a day is enough to visit, as the city is relatively small. We started our walk on the bank opposite the red houses from where we were able to admire not only the view of the opposite bank, but also the beautiful houses, the wonderful flowers that are literally everywhere and the nature that surrounds this small town (National Urban Park). Then, we toured among the quaint houses of Old Porvoo where there are various souvenir shops. You will also find many restaurants, cute cafes, quirky shops, chocolateries and romantic hotels.
In Porvoo there is the Brunberg Chocolate/Sweets Factory which has produced chocolates and sweets since 1871. People are visiting this shop to taste Brunberg’s chocolate kisses, truffles, liquorice, and other sweets. The company has two shops, one in Old Porvoo on Välikatu Street and one at the factory on Teollisuustie Road in Tarmola. Attention: All stores at Porvoo close at 18:00 (August 2023) so you should plan your purchases before this time.
We also visited the cathedral located on top of a hill. Externally temple was impressive, but internally there is nothing special to see. Admission is free. The temple is surrounded by a very beautiful atmospheric courtyard with plenty of shade and benches.
Written 10 September 2023
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Harri V
Kotka, Finland12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Pros and cons:

+only 50-60 minutes by bus from Helsinki
+very interesting architecture, both historical wooden houses and old stone buildings
+many small parks and beautiful statues or monuments
+good boutiques with handicraft etc.
+full of Instagrammable places and selfie spots
+beautiful riverside scenery with old warehouses
+interesting museums (Porvoo Doll and Toy Museum, Porvoo Museum/Holm House)
+beautiful small side streets outside two main streets
+the big boutique hotel named Runo Hotel Porvoo in the historical building
+idyllic small hotels (Hotel Pariisin Ville, Boutique Hotel Onni, Ida-Maria Old Town B&B)
+Porvoo Castle Apartments (not a castle, but possible to stay e.g. in Remugates Suite, which is the old home of Remu Aaltonen, the drummer and the singer of the legendary band Hurriganes)
+cozy cake cafeterias (Cellar Cafe, Cafe Fanny, Porvoon Paahtimo, Tee- ja kahvihuone Helmi)
+the excellent bun cafeteria (Tuorila's Home Bakery, a.k.a. Traditional Finnish Bakery)
+the very good ice cream bar (Vanhan Porvoon Glassikko)
+excellent restaurants in historical buildings (Fryysarinranta, Sica Pelle, Ranta-Aitta Restaurant, Restaurant El Patio, Restaurant Salt, Gabriel 1763)
+beautiful riverside terraces in summer (Fryysarinranta, Ranta-Aitta Restaurant, Porvoon Paahtimo)

-sometimes quite crowded
-during the high season you see the genuine old Porvoo only in evenings and nights when the day-trippers have left and streets are almost empty (the best time to take photos)
-only one big hotel (Runo Hotel Porvoo) in the historical old town (other big hotels are situated nearby in the new city center which isn't as idyllic)
Written 21 August 2023
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JariJK
Kouvola, Finland6,350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Porvoo is the second oldest town in Finland. It has been a city since 1380. I have visited all wooden towns in Finland and in my opinion Porvoo is the most interesting. You see many buildings from the 18th century and the cathedral was built as early as in the 15th century. Riverside warehouses are one of the national landscapes of Finland. The best place to watch them is on the other side of the river.

There are idyllic cobblestone streets and small parks between beautiful buildings. I could wander there for hours. Porvoo Old Town is so lively. It isn't just a museum because there are about 700 inhabitants there.

I think that Porvoo is a culinary capital, too. There are very many extremely good cafeterias and restaurants in Porvoo Old Town. You should taste at least Runeberg's tart which is a local specialty. It is a pastry flavored with almonds and almond oil and decorated with jam and a ring of icing. Runeberg's tart is named after Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finland's national poet, who lived in Porvoo.

Remember also interesting boutiques and idyllic accommodation possibilities in the old town. I recommend staying overnight in Porvoo. You see main sights in a couple of hours but if you want to see all interesting details and feel the atmosphere of Porvoo you should stay there longer.

It is easy to visit Porvoo Old Town. It takes only 50 minutes to get by bus from Helsinki to Porvoo. However, I recommend that you travel at least in one direction by m/s Runeberg. It takes 3½ hours but you see the very beautiful Finnish archipelago on the voyage.
Written 13 August 2023
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Pauliina T
Joensuu, Finland12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Beautifull town and nice relaxing mood. Narrow streets and wooden buildings make you in a good mood. Good italian ice cream nearby the chocolate factory’s shop.
Written 24 July 2023
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Sue R
Las Vegas, NV208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed our brief visit to Porvoo, about 35 miles east of Helsinki. However, the town was a bit drab compared to tourist literature that depicted the area as brightly painted and colorful. For example, the iconic town hall appeared to be rundown with fading beige walls. We enjoyed visiting the lovely church and some of the shops including the venerable chocolate shop!
Written 6 July 2023
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic8,174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Without expecting much, this was a nice surprise. It's definitely worth to visit this place and walk around for couple of hours, with some stops in the restaurants of cafés.
What I specifically liked was that even the common houses or flat buildings seemed to be historical and preserved, making the historical city center much wider, not concentrating everything historical to one square or so.
Parking at the place was pain, since almost every parking spot was either occupied, or expensive. Not to have a headache, I needed to go for that second option.
There are some public toilets that I used. They were paid, but clean.
Written 2 July 2023
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MYS07
Singapore, Singapore61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Porvoo makes a good option for a day trip from Helsinki to get away from the crowd. It is easily accessible by bus which runs regularly from Kamppi Shopping Center, about half kilometer away from Helsinki railway. The bus station is at basement 2 and the whole journey takes about an hour.

Do be careful of the signages at the bus station at Porvoo. The Old Town is less than 5 min walk away from the bus station. I followed the sign for the Old Town but it was actually the direction to the church & this was wrongly confirmed by an elderly couple. When I asked for directions from younger people later along the way, they were all helpful & pointed me to the right places. 😊

The riverfront is pretty. Cross the bridge to get a view as well as map. There are nice little shops that have handmade or interesting Finnish products. There are also cosy cafes. Overall, it is a safe and relaxed place and provides a different sight from Helsinki.
Written 9 June 2023
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Navigator58095249889
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
We went there by coach. Less than one hour from downtown Helsinki. Nice walk around. Wonderful local shops selling handicraft items. Lunch at an restaurant on the riverside.
Written 5 June 2023
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shane😁😁
Northamptonshire, UK14,229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our fairly short excursion to the second oldest town in Finland and I managed to find an old disused railway line and station which swallowed up much of our 90 minutes visit to the town.
We sat and had an ice cream before going off to have coffee at the Kialla manor house nearby.
A very colourful sleepy little town.
Visited 19th May 2023
Written 20 May 2023
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