For those of you who (for some odd reason) have never heard of this place: it is a small, bilingual (Finnish and Swedish) town and a popular tourist destination in south-eastern Finland, about an hour away from Helsinki.
Porvoo Old Town is the main tourist attraction, with its cobblestone streets and old, wooden houses. Even though Porvoo is a medieval town, most buildings in the Old Town (except the cathedral) date from the 18th and 19th century (wooden buildings tend to be rather vulnerable to fires...).
However, Porvoo Old Town is not an open air museum; the old buildings are privately owned homes or businesses, i.e. antique shops, vintage shops, flea markets, artisan shops, restaurants...
I love this little antique shop... it has an excellent selection of reasonably priced mid-century / 1960s designer glassware and porcelain, and I have found a few real gems there.
The other thing to buy in Porvoo is chocolate: both Pieni Suklaatehdas (= The Small Chocolate Factory) and the small but very popular Brunberg chocolate factory shop are also located in the Old Town.
|Boutique Hotel Pariisin Ville|
Porvoo is only about an hour away from Helsinki by bus / car. However, if you are not in a hurry and enjoy a scenic tour, in summer you can also get there by boat or the heritage railway line museum train.
I hope you enjoyed our little stroll around Porvoo Old Town,
Linking up with Bonnie, Camila, Amy and Jessi for