The crown jewel of the Empire-style centre of Helsinki began its life in 1771, when a sugar refinery was built on the site. From 1879 to 1930 the Stockmann department store developed, grew and expanded these fabulous premises. As the years have gone by, Sofia has been host to a bazaar, police station, museum, cafés, shops; a judo association has been founded here, and, most importantly, Sofia has been the venue of many important events.
Sofia features magnificent meeting rooms, the best workshop space in Finland, highly versatile celebration and seminar premises, and to top it all there’s the view to the Senate Square from the big conference room at the corner of Sofia.
At Sofia, you’ll arrange a successful, functional and safe meeting. Inspiring and roomy premises. Functional technology, allowing remote participation. Our delicious catering and historical environment create the best possible opportunity to plan, discuss, decide and thus create progress. There’s nothing better than a successful meeting!
Every now and then it’s a good idea to reserve some time for planning the future and to give new ideas an opportunity to surface. You’re facing a hard task if you try to find a better place for workshops than the Lantern Hall at Sofia. We are proud of our beautiful premises, where the past and the present meet so naturally. The big conference room at the corner of Sofia has a splendid view to the Senate Square. In such an environment it’s difficult not to make good decisions.
An event is the moment when something changes. At Sofia we understand that an event is a very special moment for you and your community. Celebrations, weddings, staff parties, an once-in-a-lifetime concert for your grandmother, christening a baby, a cocktail hour with friends or a memorial service of your deceased loved one – we can provide the premises, catering and expertise that will make your event an unforgettable one.
NOTE! We at Sofia take corona limitations and instructions to heart in everything we do. Sofia’s open spaces ensure the possibility of social distancing. Catering for meetings and events are also taken care of in a way that your event is a success even in these trying times.
We are proud and happy about Sofia. We’d love to show you around this wonderful place.
Originally, the Lyhtysali of Sofia was built as the antiques department of the Stockmann department store in 1920. The hall is eminently suitable for workshop operations, small lectures and courses as well as an intimate location for evening celebrations. The historical hall features modern presentation technology and seats for even a larger assembly.
The splendid view from Sofia’s corner to the Helsinki Cathedral provides an unforgettable backdrop for your event. The elegant premises, protected by the Finnish Heritage Agency, can naturally be adapted for important meetings, but they are also very suitable for training days, quick breakfast meetings, company board meetings and other private events. Our lecture hall technology, delicious catering and happy personnel guarantee the success of your event.
Sofia’s restaurant is located on the first floor of the Kiseleff house, after which the Kiseleffin sali (Kiseleff Hall) is named. The awe-inspiring Kiseleff Hall is the place for your unforgettable celebrations, forenoon training lectures or evening socializing. Contact us with your wishes. We are here to help you to arrange a successful event!
Sofia’s cabinet Ellen is a unique meeting and event room on the first floor of the Kiseleff house, on the side of Unioninkatu. Our Ellen cabinet provides splendid surroundings for up to 24 persons. The equipment includes e.g. a flip chart, a large display screen, wireless data communication and adapters.
The Ellen cabinet is named after the pictorial artist and graphic artist Ellen Thesleff.
The Aurora cabinet is located on the second floor of the Kiseleff house, on the side of Unioninkatu. The cabinet has seating for 10 persons. The equipment includes e.g. a flip chart, a large display screen, wireless data communication and adapters. The Aurora cabinet is named after Aurora Karamzin, a pioneer of Finnish social and diaconia work.
The Anni cabinet is located on the second floor of the Kiseleff house, on the side of Unioninkatu. The cabinet has seating for 9 persons. The equipment includes e.g. a flip chart, a large display screen, wireless data communication and adapters.
The Anni cabinet is named after Anni Swan, an author of children’s literature and young adult fiction.
The magnificent Sonckin sali (Sonck Hall) at Sofia is the neo-classical heart of the building designed by Lars Sonck. The building, completed in 1913, was originally planned as an extension of the adjacent Stockmann’s department store. Now this hall, full of significance, is again open to the public – you can arrange your event in the historical centre of Helsinki!
The Sonck Hall provides a magnificent venue for unforgettable events. The possibilities are nearly limitless – from Christmas parties and product launches to lectures and private or company parties.
The atmospheric 18th century vaulted cellar of Sofia Café and Bar is the place for relaxing, partying and informal socializing, the heart of which is our personal and warm-hearted service. The Celebration Cellar is an intimate and private room under a grand vault. In daytime, the cellar is also suitable for meetings (max. 20 persons).
The Aino cabinet is located on the second floor of the Kiseleff house, on the side of Unioninkatu. The cabinet has seating for 8 persons. The equipment includes e.g. a flip chart, a large display screen, wireless data communication and adapters.
The Aino cabinet is named after Aino Ackté, the first Finnish international opera star.