Painting the town red

Cafe Mockba

Originally uploaded by seandodson
I have just returned from a five day trip to Helsinki. I’ve always really enjoyed my time there, but on this visit, I was taken to Cafe Moskva, a Soviet-era styled bar owned by Aki Kaurismaki, the famous Finnish film director (his brother co-owns the bohemian billiard hall, Corona, next door).

It’s a really cool example of old Helsinki: friendly, unassuming and full of facinating detail. There’s an old Russian jukebox in the corner and the bar staff play crackly old Russian records under the glow of neon strip lighting.