Tram route 6: Design and Culinary Tour
Tram route number 6 runs from Hietalahti to Arabianranta. Hop on if you are interested in design, art and culinary culture. A concentration of design in the form of Design District Helsinki can be found in the south end of the route. In the Arabianranta district you'll see that art is part of the everyday life of the area. Look out for theatres, museums and market halls along the route.
Some suggested sights:
Around the southern end stop of tram route number six one can go and admire the harsh yet stunning dockyard. Nearby is the Hietalahti Market Hall, which is full of delicacies. In front of it is the Hietalahti Market Square, where a popular flea market is organized especially during the summer season.
As the tram turns to Bulevardi Street, one can visit Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Behind the museum, in the Sinebrychoff Park, one can enjoy the sun until late in the evening during summer time. On the other side of the street is Alexander Theatre, which hosts numerous art performances by visiting companies. Heading north along Bulevardi Street you can pop into Café Ekberg, one of the oldest cafés in town. Especially around Bulevardi street spreads out the Design District. It is full of fascinating shops, galleries and museums.
At the beginning of Mannerheimintie Street is the white circle shaped Swedish Theater (Svenska Teatern). One of the best grocery stores is located right beside the theater inside Stockmann department store. As the tram turns to Kaivokatu Street one can get off at Rautatieaseman stop. Railway Square is the center of Finnish culture as the National Gallery Ateneum and the National Theatre of Finland are located around the square
Heading up north on the route, the tram arrives to Kaisaniemi and Hakaniemi districts. One can hop off the tram at Varsapuistikko stop and go admire plants from around the world at Helsinki University Botanical Garden. At Hakaniemi Market Square right beside the Hakaniemi stop is the beautiful Hakaniemi Market Hall. It hosts excellent stores that offer expert service as well as good-quality ingredients. On a sunny day, one should enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the cafés located at the market square. Just a few minutes away from the square at the Eläintarhanlahti bay is the Helsinki City Theatre.
From Lautatarhankatu stop one can head down to the Abattoir area. It is becoming the new culinary concentration of the city. You can continue the tram route to northeast along Hämeentie steet. Close to Kyläsaarenkatu stop is Kumpula Botanical Garden. Right next to it is the Kumpula allotment garden. One can go and have a look at beautiful plantings and berry bushes. Remember to respect cottage owners’ privacy because the plots are private property.
The route ends in the Arabia district. Close to Arabiankatu stop is Arabiakeskus (Arabia Center, Hämeentie 135). It hosts Arabia factory and outlet as well as other outlet stores such as Pentik and Opa Muurikka. One can visit Arabia Museum and also the Arabia factory by making an appointment in advance.
The end stop has the same name as the district, Arabianranta. Art is part of everyday life in the area and it is also an important design concentration. One can bump into interesting works all around the area. Tapio Wirkkala Park, full of art works was opened in 2012 as part of the official World Design Capital program.