Vallila of Helsinki, former outskirt, nowadays a center of urban life invites you to experience the city in a whole new way. Vallilan Konepaja, once an industrial neighborhood, is now a focal point for trendy and modern restaurants and bars. Right in the heart of this dynamic area is The Folks Hotel Konepaja.
History of Konepaja
Pasilan Konepaja is about 3 kilometers from the city center of Helsinki, in a valley between Alppiharju and Vallila. The borders of this area of 16 hectares are formed by Teollisuuskatu, Savonkatu, Aleksis Kiven katu and Sturenkatu.
The decision to situate the new Fredriksbergs (Pasilan) Konepaja outside the city, next to Sörnäinen harbor railways was made in 1898. The construction work began in 1899 and the actual Konepaja (translates as an engineering shop) started operating in 1903. A major part of the operations from the Konepaja of Helsinki city center was transferred to new spaces. The production of locomotives stayed at the old Konepaja, for which reason a curved locomotive depot, typical to depots, was not built.
Pasilan Konepaja became the largest of all VR’s, (Valtion Rautatiet ie Finnish National Railways) machine shops. In 1971 there were more than 900 employees. The mass production started between the wars, and in 1938 there were already over 1100 employees. From the end of the 1950s until the early 1960s Pasilan Konepaja was the largest engineering shop ever in the area, having more than 1500 employees.
Nation-wise Pasilan Konepaja is a remarkable industrial and cultural area. The distinctive industrial architecture style by Bruno F. Granholm forms a uniquely cohesive and large milieu in Pasila.
Pasilan Konepaja by VR was in the operational mode for about 100 years. When the decision to build it was made, in 1898, its location by the Sörnäinen railway was basically in the outskirts of the city. Nowadays Konepaja is an essential part of the quickly changing and intensifying downtown of Helsinki, wherein industrial, harbor, and institutional areas are systematically being changed into the use of urbanization, business and culture.
The decision to shut down Pasilan Konepaja was made in 1992 and it was last seen in full function in late 2002, early 2003. There used to be Pasila Konepaja’s office, diner, and a school in the current buildings of The Folks Hotel Konepaja.
To find out more about the history of Pasilan Konepaja see the links below (only in Finnish).
The Folks Hotel Konepaja
Aleksis kiven katu 23
Welcome to The Folks Hotel Konepaja! To make your stay unforgettable we want to share our favourite spots of urban Helsinki with you. It's all in this little map. Explore & enjoyfolkshotels.fi Navigate here!
Albina & Alexis
Aleksis Kiven katu 23
A mix of classic European traditions, uncompromising Nordicness and the roughness of big cities. Come share the love for good food and wine at the hotel restaurant Albina and rooftop bar Alexis, right at the hotel ground floor.restaurantalbina.fi Navigate here!
Corona Bar & Billiard
A bohemian bar with a true cult status. This bar was founded by the famous Kaurismäki brothers. Don't ring a bell? Google them!andorra.fi/corona Navigate here!
Billebeino Padel is a state of the art padel center with an urban vibe. It is founded by former NHL-player and Stanley Cup finalist Ville Leino who's also the founder of the lifestyle brand BillebeinoNavigate here!
Aleksis Kiven katu 17
Live music venue located in The Train Factory in Vallila.nofear.fi/konepajasali Navigate here!
This the place to have your breakfast, brunch, dinner and lunch the Italian way in the heart of Konepaja area. Come say ciao!en.aliceitalian.fi Navigate here!
Bruno Granholmin kuja
A beer garden focusing on local and European craft beers. Grab a bite with your beer from the food trucks surrounding the garden. A real summer treat.Navigate here!
Työpajankatu 2 R1, C
A tiny but cozy BBQ-restaurant located in the Teurastamo area.bsmokery.fi Navigate here!
Työpajankatu 2a R3
A showroom of the Helsinki Distilling Company, exciting cocktail bar and restaurant. Smooth drinks made from spirits distilled in-house.tislaamo.fi Navigate here!
Moko Market Teurastamo
Työpajankatu 2 A
For the love of good food & cozy atmoshpere.moko.fi Navigate here!
Kohta Art Hall
Työpajankatu 2 B
International nuances of modern art.teurastamo.com/locations/kohta/ Navigate here!
Teurastamo Backyard: Grill & Hammocks
Teurastamo backyard is the shared living room and backyard of the residents of Helsinki, It serves as a venue for free of charge events with a
red brick grill for all year round visitor use. Add some hammocks in the picture during summer months and you have an oasis of happiness and good vibes.
The Bull & the Firm
Kulmavuorenkatu 2, 00500 Helsinki
A cozy bar with food, cocktails and natural wines. Menu is inspired by different seasons and local ingredients.thebullandthefirm.fi Navigate here!
Fleminginkatu 11, 00500 Helsinki
A unique selection of natural wines and fine dining quality bistro foods. The name Wino comes from a combination of the words wine and vino. Vino means oblique in Finnish. Just as a heads up!wino.fi Navigate here!
Harjutori 8, 00500 Helsinki
An atmoshperic bistro that serves unpretentious food and natural wines.harju8.fi Navigate here!
Authentic Neapolitan pizzeria in the heart of Kallio. The secret of their famous fluffy dough is "the kiss" it gets from the Italian hand made oven it is baked in. Yum!viatribunali.fi Navigate here!
Fleminginkatu 15, 00500 Helsinki
Cozy restaurant in the heart of Kallio with a Finnish menu taking you back to the 70's and 80's.facebook.com/RavintolaCella/ Navigate here!
Hämeentie 11, 00530 Helsinki
How would a beetroot latte and oven baked porridge for breakfast sound like? Tanner is a combination of a hip café, restaurant, hi-fi music bar and records.ravintolatanner.fi Navigate here!
Fleminginkatu 23, 00500 Helsinki
Probably the best kebab in Finland also for vegans.donerharju.fi Navigate here!
Kolmas linja 16, 00530 Helsinki
Sushi with a fresh and sympathic touch. A true hidden gem in Kallio. And we really mean hidden: no website for this gem, you have to check it out yourself!Navigate here!
Fleminginkatu 7, 00530 Helsinki
Skiffers "Liuska" gourmet pizzas are to die for, they knock traditional pizzas off the plate. Friendly dogs are also welcome here :)skiffer.fi Navigate here!
Helsinginkatu 21, 00101 Helsinki
A freshly opened wild food concept restaurant. Their weekly changing five course vegan menu consists mostly of wild ingredients gathered from the nature.villd.fi Navigate here!
Merikerho Club & Terrace
Merikerho club & terrace is built on a former cargo ship named Sophia B. The old seafarer now serves as a
venue for music and urban culture. Sea view!
Helsinginkatu 11, 00500 Helsinki
18 taps with a daily rotating selection of the newest beers from Finland and abroad. Need we say more?panema.fi Navigate here!
Hämeentie 13 B, 00530 Helsinki
Vegetarian restaurant Onda by day, bar Siltanen by night. A variety of clubs almost every night of the week.siltanen.org Navigate here!
Hämeentie 13 B, 00530 Helsinki
Hip concert venue with a programme of local & international bands, plus a bar & restaurant.kuudeslinja.com Navigate here!
Late-night dance club featuring DJ's playing techno & house music in an old factory building.clubkaiku.fi Navigate here!
Go totally bonkers on a summer Sunday. An urban club where Helsinki meets Berlin. Live techno & house music.facebook.com/aaniwalli Navigate here!
An authentic "corner pub" in Kallio. Nothing fancy, more like straight to the point. Everyone knows where it is so no need for a website either. In case you were wondering.Navigate here!
Small but great hangout with quality wines, beers and good coffee. Nice terrace too.facebook.com/office5678/ Navigate here!
Quality beer house with a wide selection of beers & drinks, also the non-alcoholic type, and tasty snacks.raflaamo.fi Navigate here!
Way Bakery & Wine Bar
All-in-one: bakery, lunch & wine bar. Also a kiosk during summer. One of the coolest new-ish establishments in Kallio.waybakery.fi Navigate here!
Gastro Cafe Kallio
A restaurant-kitchen-microbakery in the heart of Kallio. Life is short: eat and drink only good!gastrocafe.fi Navigate here!
Aleksis kiven katu 12
Good coffee doesn't just happen by accident. Freshly roasted & ground coffee, only from the best ingredients.savy.coffee/ Navigate here!
Good Life Cafe
Kolmas linja 17
Avoid bad life. Enjoy a cup of good coffee with a tasty bite from local bakeries.goodlifecoffee.fi Navigate here!
All day breakfast, coffee & sparkling wine. (Our secret diet for years already.)hugconcept.fi Navigate here!
Flät no. 14
Viides linja 14
Your second living room in the heart of Kallio.flathelsinki.fi Navigate here!
Kaarlenkatu 10, 00530 Helsinki
A mixture of a vintage boutique, self-service flea market, café and small interior shop. Clothing styles revolve around the 60's, 70's and 80's vibes.facebook.com/fridamarinahelsinki Navigate here!
Ansa Second Hand
Curated vintage items and your go to place if you're looking for neat, formal clothing.. Ansa is one of the classic and original vintage stores in Helsinkifacebook.com/Ansasecondhand Navigate here!
A treasure trove of carefully selected vintage clothing, interior design items and furniture. Also art by contemporary designers and artists.facebook.com/soulvintagehelsinki Navigate here!
Vintage based design shop specialized in Finnish design and designers like Ilmari Tapiovaara and Alvar Aalto. Fargo flagship store is in Kallio but they also have a webshop and sell on facebook.fargoshop.fi Navigate here!
Store of retro & vintage collectable items.wanhakaarle.fi Navigate here!
Itä-pasila Street Art District
Ratamestarinkatu 2, 00520 Helsinki
See the formerly dull central places and hidden corners of East Pasila walls, staircases, railings and bridges turn into colourful sights by the numerous art pieces made by domestic and foreign street artists. Significatn street art area even on an international scale!helsinkiurbanart.com Navigate here!
Harjukatu 2, Helsinki
Hollywood action chased down with a beer. Atleast a glass of red wine and some arthouse. Lifely drama with dry enough white wine. And extremely comfortable chairs. That's Riviera.rivierakallio.fi Navigate here!
Itäinen papinkatu 2
The Kallio Church tower has risen to be an icon of the Kallio district. Built in 1912 the church represents National Romanticism with Art Noveau inlfuences. It is a Lutheran church.helsinginseurakunnat.fi/en/index.html.stx Navigate here!
Itäinen Brahenkatu 13
Experience deep mental and physical relaxation at Float Kallio. In their sensory deprived zero gravity floating pool you are totally free of distractions. Sounds heavenly!wefloat.fi Navigate here!
Surf House Helsinki
Mall of tripla
Every day is a summer day in this indoor surf paradise! Grab your swimwear, enjoy the waves of the Flowrider and don't forget to hydrate at the beach restaurant.surfhousehelsinki.com Navigate here!
A family run, small but absolutely charming bakery. This the place to indulge authentic and freshly baked Finnish breads and pastries like munkki, Iihapiirakka, ruisleipä and karjalanpiirakka.facebook.com/pages/Leipomo-KE-Avikainen/ Navigate here!
Viides linja 7
The world-famous adults toy store in Helsinki. A treat espacially for all adventurous HIM fans with a selection of Heartagram love cuffs and HIM leather whips. Ville Valo approved.aikuistenlelukauppa.fi Navigate here!
An ecological design public sauna in the shadow on sculptural Merihaka district. Designed by architect Tuomas Toivonen and Nene Tsuboi.kulttuurisauna.fi Navigate here!
The only wood heated neighborhood sauna left in Helsinki. This traditional sauna has offered good "lölylyjä" for sauna lovers from near and far ever since 1928.kotiharjunsauna.fi Navigate here!
Hakaniemi Market Hall
Hämeentie 1 A
This 100-years-old genuine Finnish market hall is currently under renovation. Right next to it stands a new glass hall as a temporary home for the Hakaniemi market hall vendors. You can find fresh seasonal food, handicrafts, souvenirs and cafes underneath the beautiful glass ceiling.hakaniemenkauppahalli.fi Navigate here!
Hakaniemi Market Square
The cobblestoned market square in Hakaniemi is arguably the sunniest and most urbane place in Helsinki where you can enjoy morning porridge and coffees. The stalls sell a wide range of seasonal products while street musicians perfrom and entertain passers-by.Navigate here!
Ferry to Korkeasaari Zoo
The Korkeasaari Zoo is an island located only a short distance from the Helsinki city center. You can visit the cute animals of the zoo easily by taking a ferry straight from Hakaniemi.korkeasaari.fi/en/ Navigate here!
Linnanmäki Fun Park
Ready for fun? Enldess excitement for the whole family. Make sure to experience the parks most popular ride, the old wooden rollercoaster "Vuoristorata" built in 1951.linnanmaki.fi Navigate here!
Nothing fishy going on here, just an aquarium and a magical underwater world to explore.sealife.fi Navigate here!
The Helsinki Exhibition Center is a large and versatile event venue.messukeskus.com Navigate here!
11. Kohta Art Hall
15. Harju 8
16. Via Tribunali
19. Dönner Harju
22. Restaurant Villd
34. Kahvila Sävy
35. Good Life Cafe
37. Flät no. 14
45. Riviera Cinema
46. Kallio Church
47. Float Kallio
49. Bakery Avikainen
52. Kotiharjun sauna
57. Sea Life