Helsinki is a city of contrasts. The Nordic capital only has a population 600,000 residents, but it’s still big enough to be considered a culinary, design and technology hub. It’s the biggest city in Finland with architecture that’s become a standard in the minimalist movement, but nature is often a quick bicycle ride away. Its residents are forthright and honest (in Finland, as the saying goes, there’s no such thing as “small talk”) but will cut loose in one of the area’s numerous karaoke bars. The saying “something for everyone” might be both trite and overused—but there’s no better way to describe this city. Want to delve into the true spirit of the city? Here are a few places to help get you in the Finnish state of mind.