Old Kuopio

This summer in Kuopio has been absolutely glorious and I couldn’t be happier! Hot days, blue skies, and people out ‘n’ about. I spent over two months in Kuopio this summer and here are just a few of my highlights.

Kuopio is an easy-going and thriving city with heaps of wonderful history – and although the lively market square is the heart of the city, there is so much more to Kuopio than the colourful market stalls, Lake Kallavesi, Kalakukko and the famous Kuopio Wine Festival. But like all the best stories, this one starts with a good lunch…

Restaurant Urban - Kuopio, Finland | Wooden Kuopio | Karoliina Kazi

In a pretty little restaurant called Urban, just a short stroll from the market square.

Here you’ll find a delicious and daily-changing lunch menu that enables you to savour unique food and drink offerings reflecting the flavours and ingredients of each Finnish season. It’s a tiny place full of flavour leaving us satisfied, relaxed and ready to explore.

Wooden Kuopio and Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

This beautiful city really comes to life in summer, and if you know where to look, Kuopio is full of pockets of history and summertime bliss.
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Wooden Kuopio and Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi
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Little shops, pretty painted wooden houses and quiet streets made for walking.

Museums to discover.

Wooden Kuopio and Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina KaziWooden Kuopio and Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

SATOA goes WILD Food Festival, Kuopio Finland | Kuopio events | Karoliina Kazi

If you fancy bit of shopping, the market alley of Pikku-Pietari is situated in idyllic old stables and a home to a lovely cafe and charming little shops selling hand-made goodies, pretty homeware, gifts and antiques – something for everyone. Pop into the cafe for a glass of their sparkling willowherb drink. I first tried it at the Satoa Goes Wild Festival and it since became a firm favourite. It’s sinfully delicious and will give you a good buzz to keep going!

Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

Float on down towards the Old Town Centre which is located south-east from the main square. Stroll along the pretty rows of wooden houses and the dinky cobbled streets.

No Kuopio adventure would be complete without a visit to the passenger harbour so for a day when you want to take things easy, enjoy a glass of wine at Ravintola Wanha Satama or hop on one the many Lakeland Cruises. There couldn’t be a more lovely way to soak up the lake views and relax at the same time.

Wooden Kuopio and Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

However, if you’re into exploring the old, idyllic wooden Kuopio like we were, I’ve got a corker for you today, but we’ll get to that later.
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Wooden Kuopio and Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

For the prettiest streets and the most charming wooden buildings, I would recommend exploring Kirkkokatu, Kuninkaankatu and Minna Cathinkatu. Here you can just walk around following your feet.

Have I convinced you that you need to go yet?
Because you really do.

Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

Kuopio was almost completely a wooden house city until the mid-1900s. Sadly many of the buildings are long gone, but as promised, I still have somewhere really special to take you.

Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

With an utterly idyllic and picturesque setting, the Old Kuopio Museum is a wonderfully preserved site: take a wander to around the courtyard to admire its historic buildings and enjoy a cup of coffee on the cafe terrace.

Old Kuopio Museum consists of eleven old wooden houses which form an enclosed block. The oldest buildings date back to the 18th century and the most recent, to the end of the 19th century, so it’s quite a humbling experience.

The museum courtyard looking particularly fine in the Finnish sunshine and with the lilacs blooming.

Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

The interiors show homes and workshops of different kinds of families from the 19th century to the 1930´s. You can really feel the history here: pastel coloured walls, velvet chairs, framed paintings. And the atmosphere is enchanted by scents and the sounds of creaking floorboards.

Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

The spacious, bright rooms, painted floors, rag rugs, tiled fireplaces and artisanal furniture are all delightful.

Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

There is also an old pharmacy museum filled with all sorts of treasures that showcases a local pharmacy from years 1910 – 1920. In addition, there is an exhibition hall and a room dedicated to the renowned local author Minna Canth.

Old Kuopio Museum

Kirkkokatu 22, 70100 Kuopio  |  +358 17 182 625  |  website

1.9. – 14.5. Tue-Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sun-Mon closed

15.5. – 31.8. Tue-Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun-Mon closed

Old Town Centre - Kuopion Korttelimuseo - Old Kuopio Museum - Puu Kuopio - Old Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

The Old Kuopio Museum was a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon.

A lot has happened since then. That, though, is a whole other tale altogether.

Happy adventuring!

9 Comments

  1. Jasmin
    17th August 2018 / 10:11 am

    Ah this reminds me of the Old Town of Porvoo! We visited there earlier this summer 🙂 would love to visit Kuopio again!

    • 17th August 2018 / 7:47 pm

      I wish Kuopio’s old town was as big as Porvoo’s but sadly many of the buildings have been replaced with more modern structures 🙄 the buildings left are stunning though so thank you Jasmin xx 😘

  2. 17th August 2018 / 12:53 pm

    You’re absolutely right, I do need to go there! Stunning photos that capture that old town charm. I love that they were able to preserve some houses and the pharmacy too, it is so neat to look back in time.

    • 17th August 2018 / 7:44 pm

      The pharmacy is absolutely lovely and there are so many old medicine packets and bottles there to look at – and stories about the strangest treatments they use to give to people 😄 Finland is wonderful and I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures!

  3. 17th August 2018 / 3:45 pm

    Wow such an amazing place with such great sights! I admired each picture and makes me want to visit the place

    • 17th August 2018 / 7:40 pm

      Kuopio is my hometown so I’m so happy to hear that! 😘

  4. 18th August 2018 / 1:13 am

    I love museums like this! What a great way to spend a day. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • 18th August 2018 / 11:17 am

      They’re lovely and a great way to see how people use to live – glad you enjoyed it Beth xx

  5. Anonymous
    21st August 2018 / 9:15 pm

    Love the new/old take of my former home town. I’m so glad to see all these old buildings taken care of and restored for younger generations to explore.

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