Discount stores in Helsinki have much of the same Arabia/Iittala stuff on sale as Stockmann but at much reduced prices.
Tarjoustalo at Kaisaniemi metrostation looks a bit dingy but has an okay selection of Arabia.
Anttila has a broader selection, and is a bit more expensive (but still less expensive then Stockmann). One convenient Anttila is close to the Kamppi shopping centre (you can enter the store from next to the K-market by the metro station and then their house goods are upstairs).
Anton&Anton, or just A&A, is a very nice, organic food shop, situated in the beautiful blocks of Töölö, in Helsinki. Actually there is one A&A in Kruununhaka, Helsinki also. It offers fresch food in different kinds. The shop has a different selection of goods (if you compare with normal supermakrets). The personal is friendly, I really love A&A!
What to buy: You can buy a lot in food way. Everything from meat, fish and cheese, to vegetables and ice cream. Please note that the shop has a different, and more organic, selection than other shops. The standard and quality is hig, and it is really worth a visit!
What to pay: The prices are a bit higer than in normal markets, but this is definitely also better goods!
Helsinki is expensive so we didn’t really go shopping.
If you like department stores you may try Stockmann, the biggest and probably oldest in Helsinki that has expensive clothes but also other items, from books and food to electronics and furniture. Get inside if you see Hullut Palvat outside, it means there will be some crazy discounts that day. Its open 9 to 21.00 weekdays, 9 to 18.00 on Saturdays and 12.00-18.00 on Sundays (only the summer months). Another alternative if Stickmann wasn’t enough (!) is Forum(Mannerheiminkatu 20).
We found a lot of stores inside Kamppi mall (above the metro/bus station), its full of modern stores, café and restaurants but we only went there for food supplies from the super market before we get into the metro to cook later at home. Another super market was Alanya Oriental market opposite Itäkeskus metro station when our friend from Egypt cooked for us one evening and need spices and other things from the east. By the way at Itakeskus Mall we saw hundreds of locals but it’s outside of the city centre so it doesn’t worth the try.
For the budget tourists like us some tacky tshirts at Kauppatori (market square) were perfect, most of the vendors had the usual souvenirs, magmets, postcards etc
We preferred the stalls that were serving fresh fish there :) Walk along Esplanadi street from there and you’ll see lots of expensive clothe stores again.
We also saw Tiger Store that has some budget souvenirs.
Don’t miss some nice open air markets and flea markets if you visit Helsinki during summer months. We visited Hietalahti market one day, it was full of people selling second hand items (in great prices) in fromt of the historical Hietalahti Market Hall (we didn’t get inside), even if you don’t want to buy something worth a visit for its lively atmosphere, there were lots of outdoor café there too. Alternative go to Hakaniemi Market Hall and square.
A little shopping tip for Helsinki Airport : if you want to buy Finnish chocolates on your way out of Helsinki do not buy them in the first duty free shop you come to after security (in fact you can not enter the airside in Terminal 2 without going through the shop!), go to the Stockmann shop round the corner. Come out of the duty free shop and turn right, Stockmann is the next shop on the left.
The chocolates are cheaper in Stockmann. For example: I wanted buy a Fazerina box: in duty free it was E 6.30, in Stockmann E 4.80.
What to buy: Finnish chocolates like Geisha, Fazerina and all other Fazer chocolates. Best in the world!
In 2013, Hietalahti Market Hall sells all kinds of delicacies from businesses, which have relocated from the Old Market Square (next to the main Market Square Harbour) in the beginning of February 2013. The Old Market Hall is under an extensive renovation (14 months). Some of the shops have also put up a small restaurant in the hall such as the oyster and sushi bar by the fishmongers E Eriksson, which has been in business since 1880. Fishmonger Marja Nätti has put up a seafood restaurant called 'Merta' ja Roslund's butchers has also opened a restaurant, which serves grilled meat, in addition to a traditional butchers shop.
In the end of May 2013, Robert's Coffee cafe opened its patio outside the hall. They are fully licenced to serve alcoholic drinks as well. The patio is open everyday from 7.30am to 7pm.-19 (weather permitting).
Hietalahti market hall was built in 1903. It was vibrant in terms of food business until the 1970s. In the beginning of 2000, the hall was renovated and turned into a hall selling exclusively organic produce. The concept of organic market did not become popular, the time wasn't ripe for the whole hall to be specialising exclusively on organic food (presumably because organic produce was much more expensive and the consumers just did not find organic food as attractive) and therefore, the hall was closed for business in 2003. From 2003 to August 2012, the hall was used by a business specialising in art and antiques.
Closed on Sundays
Hietalahdentori (Hietalahti square) is located in a historical dockland environment that once was a popular amongst sailors for centuries. There are numerous tattoo parlours, old cafés and bars which can be viewed as some of the signs of its past, if you like. Although the square is an important part of the city's history, it is also an active part of today's Helsinki. The market held here is the place to find good bargains. Besides fruit, vegetables, flowers and fish, Hietalahti market also hosts a flea market which might prove an excellent opportunity to snap up collectables and unusual bargains, with everything from clothes to antiques. Usually no tut.
On one side of the square stands the historical Hietalahti Market Hall, designed by Selim A. Lindqvist. It is now 110 years old. It is a nice alternative to being out on the square, especially during foul winter weather. Even in good weather, though, the traditional and modern products (especially handicrafts) for sale in the market hall is reason enough to visit the building. The hall has been fully renovated and it currently houses the retailers from the Old Market Square Hall which is currently being renovated.
Disabled access, cafe.
Opening hours between 29 May and 2 September.
Mon-Fri 8am - 6pm
Sat 8am - 4pm
Sun 10am - 4pm
Closed on 30 June, and between 12 and 22 July 2013
The market hall and the square are open
Sundays between 2 June and 25 August 10am–4pm
Closed on Midsummer weekend 22 and 23 June 2013
What to buy: I once found a gorgeous chocolate brown 1950s womens fully long coat.
Alepa Kauppakassi ("Alepa Shopping bag") is a new way to buy your food, in Helsinki. The company "S-kanava" has started with these walls (as you can see on my pictures) where you can order food with your phone. You need a special app and then you just have to order, give your adress and they'll drive the food home. I think it's a pretty useful way to buy food if you're in a hurry and if you live in Helsinki.
What to buy: The same food you can buy in a supermarket
The Academic Bookstore in Helsinki is a part of the huge Stockmann department store. It's an enormous bookstore. It's filled with books, maps, papers, you name it. There is a section where you can find books, and a section where you can find all kind of pens, papers, booklets and so on. The shop is divided into four floors. Personally I could walk around there in days if I had time. Of course there is also a cafe. I really recommend the Academic Bookstore to all of you, there are books in all kinds and in many different languages. Of course some prefer cozy antiquarians and that is of course also possible in Helsinki. The city has really a lot of them. Enjoy!
SATW - Scandinavia and the world is a comic which started as a web project but has earned certain popularity beyond the web around the world. In this comic, each country is represented by a character with some (stereo)typical features while they interact in everyday situations making fun of current events and world history. Next to the Nordic countries, USA, England, Japan and Germany make frequent appearance. France, for long time only a secondary character, got in 2012 a longer history on its own. It would be difficult to pick a different character as they are all likeable, but I would most probably go for England and Finland. Appearing for the first time in 2009, it was not until 2012 when two booklets became available for sale. Outside of the web, one of the few shops to have SATW items is located in the main hall of the train station. There, you can find postcards, fridge magnets and a couple of other items with those cute and funny characters on.
Europe's largest home-electronics store with 35 000 m2 of space. The best spot for electronics, computers, digital cameras, mobile phones, toys and appliances in Helsinki. Located 2 km from the Helsinki city centre. Store also features Finland's largest and free sightseeing terrace with real MiG-21BIS fighter plane. Restaurants, free WIFI, Internet Café and 24 h post-office. Always open – 24h/7. Free parking w/electric car charging. Metro: Ruoholahti. Tram: 6, 8 and 9.
What to buy: VAT in Finland is 24% - check your home country's VAT and if it is lower, you will quite probably get products cheaper from your home country.
If you like shopping, you have definitely not came to wrong city. Helsinki is the city for you, that offers everything from small and cozy antiquarians and second-hand shops to huge department stores and shopping centers. From excellent Finnish fashion (along for example the Esplanade) to French Louis Vuitton. The Market Square in the end of Esplanadi is a perfect place to buy souvenires as well as fresh vegetables and fruits. (The later mostly summertime) Otherwise there is few of these old and wonderful Market Halls that offers also vegetables and freshness year round. Discover the smaller streets with everything they offer or walk around in the big shopping areas.
Old and new, whatever you like, I think you can find it in this city!
What to buy: Everything
What to pay: As You may know, Helsinki is a more expensive city, but not the most expensive.The risk that you'll be cheated is though very small and the corruption is second lowest in our world, after Denmark. (Transparency, 2012) I don't think the prices have to scare you if you can handle the money. You don't have to be rich for visiting this city, there is cheaper alternatives for everything. Good luck, and if you want to go after the fashion, try the organic supply! Enjoy!
Aleksanterinkatu 42 / Pohjoisesplanadi 33
Open Mon-Fri 9am to 8pm, Sat 9am to 6pm.
The most luxurious shopping centre in Helsinki with smaller, more exclusive international fashion boutiques.
Open Mon–Fri 10am to 9pm, Sat 10am to 6pm
(Sun 10am to 6pm, mainly the cafes and restaurants)
Central location, clothing, shoes, restaurants (almost all at the bottom floor), bars, cafés, fast food (e.g. McDonalds), grocery store and a cinema. Forum is Helsinki's largest shopping centre with 120 shops on four floors including H&M, Vero Moda, and Seppälä (which is a bit like Primark). Parking available (fee applies).
Kluuvi Shopping Centre
Open Mon–Fri 9am to 8pm, Sat 9am to 5pm.
A small but centrally located mall. Brand and inexpensive clothing e.g. Indiska (Indian inspired clothing and items for home), Body Shop, a snow/skateboard shop, restaurants. Parking for 800 cars (fee applies).
Open Mon–Fri 9am to 9am, Sat 9am to 6pm
Stockmanns is the largest department store in Scandinavia which offers a vast range of quality goods. It is one of the most esteemed department stores in Helsinki - a bit like Harrods in London but clearly not that exclusive. The floor with delicatessen and groceries is considered one of the best in the whole country - a bit like Waitrose in the UK.
Open Mon–Fri 9am to 9pm, Sat 9am to 6pm.
A large department store close to the railway station selling a wide range of goods from clothing to make-up, sports gear and stuff for home. Sort of a "poorer man's" version of Stockmann.
Located in the central bus station
Restaurants, night club, bars and international clothing ranges such as Gant, Lacoste, Nike, Vero Moda, Mango & Benetton. There is also ten pin bowling.
Itäkeskus (also known as 'Itis'. Literally the word Itäkeskus means Eastern Centre or Eastern Shopping Mall)
Open Mon–Fri 9am to 9pm, Sat 9am to 6pm.
10-15 mins from downtown by metro or car.
240 shops (pretty much the same shops as in downtown Helsinki + a couple of large super markets). Quite a nice selection of restaurants from Thai, texmex and Chinese. Most restaurants have reasonably priced lunch time buffet (around or under 10 EUR).
If, like me, you find Helsinki rather overpriced and end up buying from the supermarket instead of always eating out, treat yourself to some sliced Finnish black bread and some maksamakkara sausage spread. This is what kept me alive in 1985-86 and it was still delicious last year.
For dessert grab a punnet of fresh berries and life suddenly does not seem so bad.
There are a handful of souvenir shops scattered throughout Helsinki. They all pretty much have the same stuff in them, but (just about) all of the items are made in Finland and there are some cool, unique things to find in these shops.
Some examples would be handmade sweaters, hats, and gloves, animal skins, dolls dressed as either santa or in traditional finnish clothing, and then of course a wide variety of standard tourist items like t-shirts, hats, keychains, mugs, toys, etc.
Prices seemed to be pretty much the same in all stores so there isn't much use in shopping around to find a better price. Everything is expensive in Finland and that includes souvenirs too!
What to pay: I didn't see much that was less than 5 Euros, so expect to pay at least that, most likely 10 or more.
If you want hanmade chokolade,this is one place to go.There are now several places like that,but since this one was easily at Kamppi-shopping-centre,we choosed it.We love Belgian chokolade,so that was one reason.There are those Finnish handmade at Tampere too,so why go to that knid of place here.
What to buy: Guess what!
What to pay: Pralines were little under 1e per each.We took box of 8,and it was 5,90 if I remeber it right.
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