Rautatientori - Central Railway Station: Shopping at the central railway station
The main railway station is one of the few amenities which has late night and sunday opening of it's eateries and shops.
There are fast food outlets and bars and underneath in the railway station is located a large number of shops and supermarkets.
This also gives access to the metro station and underpass walk ways to the local area.
All shops: Let´s shopping
Helsinki is the city of Finland with the best offer for shopping. Original souvenirs, handicrafts, food, clothing, etc. Around Market Square and Senate are many craft shops and designer brands. Esplanadi area are the flagship stores of Finnish design, as well as the most prestigious international brands.
Helsinki es la ciudad de Finlandia con la mejor oferta para ir de compras. Recuerdos originales, objetos de artesanía, comida, ropa, etc. Los alrededores de la plaza del mercado y del senado hay muchas tiendas de artesanos y marcas de diseño. En la zona de esplanadi se encuentran las tiendas insignia del diseño finlandés, así com de las marcas internacionales de mas prestigio.Related to:
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Kankurin Tupa: Nordic Knits and Crafts!
One of the nicest little shops along the Esplanade which we went into was "Kankurin Tupa." A modern and brightly lit store, it had a splendid selection of Nordic Sweaters, good quality t-shirts, small souvenirs and crafts, toys and postcards. I believe there were even a few food items made in Finland such as candy. The selection of Nordic knitted items was fairly extensive and included sweaters, scarves, and hats for adults and children.
What to pay: I would definitely have bought one of the Nordic-knitted sweaters had the price not been so incredibly steep. I'm pretty sure that all sweaters came in a beautiful palate of colors, and ski hats and scarves were great looking too.
A hot-plate made of cyprus wood with a reindeer woodburned into the middle was 9,50 Euros. Postcards were 0,80 Euros and a ceramic magnet was 5,00 Euros. There were other more expensive pieces of artwork made from metal, glass and wood that were lovely but they were quite expensive as well.
Credit Cards are accepted.
From Outdoor Markets to Marimekko!!: Shopping Along the Esplanade
What to buy: When traveling I always try to purchase something that speaks of that country. In Finland, some of the most special items have to do with clothes! Along the Esplanade are many charming shops carrying distinctively designed clothing and shoes. The sweaters found in many shops are exquisitely Nordic in style and made from fine wool. The colors and design leave you in no doubt that they are Scandinavian, and the Finns' designs are extremely beautiful and of excellent quality. Hence, they carry a big price tag!! All of the sweaters that I admired were well in excess of 200 Euros -- most were at least double that in price!! They were WAY OUT of my price range and I didn't come home with one.
Along the Esplanade you can find at least 3 Merimekko shops and other upscale stores. But if clothes are not your desire or the price is a factor, you can also delight in the merchants in Market Square or Market Hall who have on offer all kinds of fresh produce from Finland's countryside and even crafts or souvenirs from Lappland!!
I DID satisfy myself with postcards, a magnet and a wooden hot plate made of "slices" of beautiful Cyprus wood which exudes a delightful aroma when heated. It was marked "Made in Finland." I did notice that Stockholm had similar wooden items as well but which I didn't buy. I wanted something handmade in Finland and I got it.
What to pay: From under 10 Euros for small souvenirs to 300 to 400 Euros for Finnish-style sweaters. Cyprus wood items run about 10 Euros and up.
Esplanade area: Christmas at its finest
We had fun browsing around at the lovely knitted garments here. Some beautiful felt knitted hats and things . My favorite however us all the wonderful Christmas things...always felt like Santa was nearby.Related to:
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Tarjoustalo (Kaisaniemi metrostation), Anttila: Buy designer goods for less in discount shops
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: Organic and great food!
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!Related to:
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what to shop in Helsinki: what to shop in Helsinki
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.
Stockmann: Helsinki Airport shopping tip
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!Related to:
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Hietalahti Market Hall: Shopping delicacies in a 110 year old market hall
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 SundaysRelated to:
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Hietalahti market square and market hall: Evening flea market
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.Related to:
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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 supermarketRelated to:
The Academic Bookstore - Akateeminen Kirjakauppa: Books, papers, maps, you name it!
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!Related to:
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Newspaper shop in Helsinki train station: "Scandinavia and the World"
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.
Verkkokauppa.com Jätkäsaari: Europe's largest electronics store - 35 000 m2
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.Related to:
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