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    Kankurin Tupa: Nordic Knits and Crafts!

    by starship Updated Jun 29, 2014

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    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.

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    From Outdoor Markets to Marimekko!!: Shopping Along the Esplanade

    by starship Updated Jun 29, 2014

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    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.

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    Esplanade area: Christmas at its finest

    by easterntrekker Written Jan 5, 2014

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    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.

    Which one to buy??
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  • Tarjoustalo (Kaisaniemi metrostation), Anttila: Buy designer goods for less in discount shops

    by ZoeS1 Written Oct 23, 2013

    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).

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    Anton&Anton: Organic and great food!

    by Luckell Written Sep 26, 2013

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    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!

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    what to shop in Helsinki: what to shop in Helsinki

    by mindcrime Written Aug 20, 2013

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    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.

    Hietalahti market square souvenir store Cathedral shop! Kamppi Alanya oriental market

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    Stockmann: Helsinki Airport shopping tip

    by WardrobeMK Written Jun 29, 2013

    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.

    https://stockmann.com/info/fi/Tavaratalot-Lentokentta.html

    What to buy: Finnish chocolates like Geisha, Fazerina and all other Fazer chocolates. Best in the world!

    Stockmann shop at Helsinki airport
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    Hietalahti Market Hall: Shopping delicacies in a 110 year old market hall

    by annase Updated May 28, 2013

    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.

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    Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
    Sat 8am-4pm
    Closed on Sundays

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    Hietalahti market square and market hall: Evening flea market

    by annase Updated May 28, 2013

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    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
    Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
    Sat 8am-4pm.
    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.

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    Alepa Kauppakassi

    by Luckell Written May 27, 2013

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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 supermarket

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    The Academic Bookstore - Akateeminen Kirjakauppa: Books, papers, maps, you name it!

    by Luckell Updated May 8, 2013

    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!

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    Newspaper shop in Helsinki train station: "Scandinavia and the World"

    by Airpunk Written Apr 30, 2013

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    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.

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    Verkkokauppa.com Jätkäsaari: Europe's largest electronics store - 35 000 m2

    by SuperSamuli Written Apr 24, 2013

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    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.

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    The City for shopping

    by Luckell Updated Apr 21, 2013

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    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!

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    Department stores and malls

    by annase Updated Oct 2, 2012

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    Kämp Galleria
    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.

    Forum
    Mannerheimintie 20.
    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
    Aleksanterinkatu 9
    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).

    Stockmann
    Mannerheimintie 1
    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.

    Sokos
    Mannerheimintie 9
    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.

    Kamppi
    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)
    Itäkatu 5
    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).
    Free parking

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If you just want to go to shopping centre with many well known brands, try Forum and Kamppi (also connected by walking tunnel underground) just in the centre. Old famous department stores...

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