From admiring her work from afar for quite some time, we have come to trust the tasteful eye of interior architect Joanna Laajisto. Here, the Helsinki based designer schools us in the best places to eat, drink and shop in her vibrant city.
Reflecting the rich and colourful culture of Mexico, the staff at Patrona treat diners by the saying “mi casa es su casa” (my house is your house). Enjoy guacamole with totopos, small tacos with braised pork belly and shrimp cooked in chili lime sauce. Round it all off with specialty tequila or a chili hot chocolate.
While this restaurant occupies a small space, there is no lacking in atmosphere or flavour. The succinct yet enticing menu changes weekly, for example fried Tallegio cheese with beetroot chutney, braised lamb with root celery puree and coconut panna cotta with pineapple.
Paté with crunchy bread, clams in bouillabaisse broth and then some are on the menu at Pastis. Complimented by a thoughtful selection of wines, the fare has a French influence. Coupled with a warm atmosphere and friendly service, Pastis is all about quality dining.
With an amazing waterside view and a beautiful space designed by Joanna Laajisto herself, Mattolaituri is all about soaking in the sunshine on the terrace with a chilled glass of champagne and friends. Open during summer only.
- Liberty or Death
Exposed brick walls, old bookcases and jazz music make up the vibe at the intimate bar. With a diverse menu consisting of cocktails only, the staff at Liberty or Death have mastered the art of doing one thing well.
- Putte’s Bar & Pizza
Authentic pizza and quality wine, need we say more?
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Shop clean, modern silhouettes and understated feminine pieces at Gaudete, which stocks effortlessly chic labels such as Vince, Malin + Goetz and Equipment.
Nina’s takes extravagance to the next level. Carven, Chloe, Christian Louboutin and Dries Van Noten are just some of the brands available to shop at the shoe and accessory store.
Shop tightly edited looks from Alexander Wang, A.P.C., Kenzo, Isabel Marant and more at the luxury fashion store.