Fare aspires to follow connecting stories at the heart of a city's culture.
Each issue of Fare revolves around a single city wherein readers are guided through town by locals: down backstreets, and through forgotten histories, to local institutions and diverse neighborhoods—meeting amazing individuals, and learning more about the local food than just its taste. Our magazine is meant to excite and inspire, but also to introduce the reader to a richly complex city. Instead of a directory or guide to “it” or trendy places, our magazine concludes with a glossary of locally important terms, histories, and figures mentioned throughout the issue.
Each issue of Fare also includes a glossary of local terms, a helpful reference point for readers as they delve into the exoticism of a new culture and city.
Helsinki is a city at its height.
It is also something of an anomaly. Culturally, it is a partial amalgamate of its neighbors—and former rulers—in Sweden and Russia, but as the capital of a young and independent Finland, it is full of nascent pride and positivity. It rejoices in an entrepreneurial spirit and a belief that new projects and new legacies can be made here, even as older ones are preserved and celebrated.
While some cities in Scandinavia exude a “Nordic cool,” in Helsinki, there’s a collective nonchalance, and a widespread pragmatism. Helsinki's streets are filled with art nouveau design, with the work of celebrated Finnish modernists also very much on display. Even now designers, artists, makers, chefs, and hip-hop stars embolden the city’s claim to a vibrant lifestyle.
In Issue 2: Helsinki, prepare to explore:
- The sweet smells and folkloric past of a Karelian bakery.
- The island of Seurasaari, where deep in the woods you'll find a centuries-old village, restored from along Finland's eastern borders.
- The old-school gems of Helsinki's restaurant scene, institutions with classic Finnish fare and interior, unchanged in nearly a century.
- An enigmatic bar with famous patrons where Soviet-era ideals still live.
- The torikahvilat, the orange tents of Helsinki's market squares, with their famous breakfasts and apple-mash doughnuts.
- The history of the naval fortress of Suomenlinna, one of the largest in Europe, situated across the Wolf Isles.