Fare Magazine: Helsinki
Fare is a bi-annual food-focused travel magazine. Each issue focuses on a single city, exploring the heart of city culture through the intersection of local food, communities, and history.
Helsinki is a city at its height. It is also something of an anomaly. Culturally, it is a partial amalgamate of its neighbours—and former rulers—in Sweden and Russia, but as the capital of a young and independent Finland, it is full of nascent pride and positivity. It rejoices in an entrepreneurial spirit and a belief that new projects and new legacies can be made here, even as older ones are preserved and celebrated.
While some cities in Scandinavia exude a “Nordic cool,” in Helsinki, there’s a collective nonchalance, and a widespread pragmatism. Helsinki’s streets are filled with art nouveau design, with the work of celebrated Finnish modernists also very much on display. Even now designers, artists, makers, chefs, and hip-hop stars embolden the city’s claim to a vibrant lifestyle.
In Issue 2: Helsinki, prepare to explore the city’s hidden corners. From the sweet smells and folkloric past of a Karelian bakery, to an enigmatic bar with famous patrons where Soviet-era ideals still live.
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