Etiquette at Esplanad


Join us to share a picnic dinner and enjoy our lovely city on Pohjoisesplanadi!

We have built a dinner table as long as the street and decorated it with white tablecloths. Invite your friends, pack your food, grab your drinks drinks and cutlery! Come and enjoy a meal together under the sky of Helsinki. Let’s make this an unforgettable night together!

You can book a table for your group on the internet from 9pm on 11th May, or by visiting Virka Galleria at the Helsinki City Hall from 3rd June. Max 8 seats per reservation.

Arriving at the dinner

Dinner time 7-10pm

Please arrive with your group by 8:30pm. After this empty places will be given to surprise guests. Arrival at the dinner happens at the Unioninkatu or Keskuskatu ends of Pohjoisesplanadi.

You will receive a reservation slip by email after the booking, which will be used as proof of a table reservation. Please have it available on your phone or in print. We will check the reservation slips if required.

Please do not leave booked tables empty. You can cancel your reservation by sending an email at

Seating order

Guests arriving first will sit at the end of the table, the following ones right next to them etc. Please fill all the benches without gaps in the order of arrival, so that everyone can fit at the tables. Each bench is for six people so please fill the places accordingly. If one of you is running late, please reserve a space for them among the rest of your group.


The area is closed from motorized vehicles. Therefore we recommend arriving by foot, bicycle or public transport. You can arrive by foot from both ends of the street, those arriving by taxi please use the Havis Amanda end of the street.

Dress code

There is no dress code but dressing up is always fun. Please consider the weather and take something warm with you. The tables are not sheltered from rain, so having your own umbrella may just save the night.

Cleanliness and powdering

Please consider the environment and keep the area nice for others. Take your own rubbish and left-over food away with you. For those a little more lazy, we have some rubbish bins at both ends of the street. For nose-powdering there are port-a-loos by the Esplanadi park.

Surprise guests and safety

Surprise guests are welcome – if you act as their hosts and make space for them in your own reserved area. Unexpected guests you may politely turn away.