Last summer’s wildly popular open-air food court in the city’s iconic Senate Square will make a comeback next summer in a new location: an outdoor terrace is now being planned for Kasarmitori Square, a few blocks away in the city centre. Coronavirus permitting, Kasarmitori Square’s summer of 2021 will feature Helsinki’s most exciting culinary experiences, with a dash of art and maritime atmosphere for added flavour.
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28.4.2021 | The restaurants for Kasarmitori’s summer terrace have been selected. The two-week open application process brought in 121 applications, and twelve restaurateurs have now been chosen from Helsinki’s city…
6.4.2021 | Restaurant applications for the Kasarmitori Square summer season are now open. If your company would like to be part of the Kasarmitori Square summer terrace, please act quickly…
10.3.2021 | Last summer’s wildly popular open-air food court in the city’s iconic Senate Square will make a comeback next summer in a new location: an outdoor terrace is now…
Kasarmitori Square was named after the adjacent barracks, which currently house the Finnish Ministry of Defence. The barracks complex designed by Carl Ludvig Engel was completed in 1822.
Originally, the intention was to build a theatre by the market place. Yet, it has been said that Secretary of State Rehbinder, upon travelling to Helsinki for an inspection, had an opulent dinner and enough drinks that he no longer had the energy to walk further from Kasarmitori Square and instead decided that the barracks should be built in place of the theatre.
Over the years, many businesses have operated by the market square from butcher’s shops to a market hall and the Yleisradio broadcasting company. In conjunction with the construction of the parking garage completed under the market place in 2005, the walls of a joint well built in 1814 were found.
In 2017, a monument to the Winter War (Valon tuoja – Lightbringer), designed by Pekka Kauhanen, was revealed in Kasarmitori.