Why locals love it
Pihlajasaari is an island located just 10 minutes by boat from the mainland, accessible from both Merisatama and Ruoholahti (€6/ €3,50). It’s a popular getaway from busy city life for many locals. There's a beach on the island as well as beautiful rocks to sunbath or have a picnic.
Why you should visit it
Pack your swimming gear and sun lotion, along with snacks and a picnic lunch. There's also a restaurant on the island which serves lovely smoked fish from their own smokery and freshly baked Finnish doughnuts. You can also camp on the island (€15/ tent/ night).