Porvoo, Finland - Airbnbmag
Photo by Kyle Johnson. - Porvoo, Finland
Photo by Kyle Johnson.

BY JOSEPHINE WAI LIN

An hour from Helsinki, Porvoo is where creative types have long gone to get inspired—now more than ever.

Old Town Porvoo is known for its colorful, 18th-century homes, wedged organically into the medieval streets. Photo by National Geographic Creative. - Porvoo, Finland
Old Town Porvoo is known for its colorful, 18th-century homes, wedged organically into the medieval streets. Photo by National Geographic Creative.
A specialty of Bistro Sinne: Venison from the Hyvinkää region of Finland, with beetroot purée. Photo by Kyle Johnson. - Porvoo, Finland
A specialty of Bistro Sinne: Venison from the Hyvinkää region of Finland, with beetroot purée. Photo by Kyle Johnson.
Located just a short distance from the Porvoonjoki River, Bistro Sinne is known for its excellent local cuisine. Photo by Kyle Johnson.

Why

Airbnb’s data team has seen a spike in searches here, landing this medieval town on its go-before-the-world-does list.

When to visit

Winter is cozy: Skiing, snowshoeing, saunas, cabins. Summer is lush and green, and the sun barely sets.

What you’ll eat

Fresh, local seafood. Priced out of Helsinki, young chefs are setting up shop here and reinterpreting Finnish food. Try Bistro Sinne, Zum Beispiel, or SicaPelle.

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