Stockmann is the oldest and biggest department store in Helsinki. It is part of a chain with branches in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.
You get almost everything at Stockmannns, from Finnish souvenirs to cars. There is even a 4-storey Academic bookstore of Stockmann next to the department store.
Stockmann is basically a huge department store with a very large variety of things to buy.
The store is 8 stories tall and each floor is utilized for a different theme. The themes are: men's clothing, women's clothing, children's clothing/toys, sporting goods, electronics, appliances, food, and it even has a bakery.
This is where a lot of locals buy their products, and if you are lucky you can go during a big sale, like I did. They were having "Hullut Paivat" which means "Crazy Days" when I was there in April 2012. Someone explained to me that this was like "Black Friday" in the United States, where tons of things are on sale.
What to buy: You probably won't find many souvenirs here, but if you need to make any practical purchases this would be the place to go.
Stockmann is a Finnish fast expanding listed company engaged in the retail trade. The company was established in 1862. Stockmann's four divisions are the Department Store Division, the fashion store chains Lindex and Seppälä and Hobby Hall, which is specialized in distance retail.
The Stockmann shopping mall in Helsinki is the biggest mall in Finland but also the most expensive. So if your on a tight budget dont even bother to go inside.
The Stockmann department store is a culturally significant business building and department store located in the centre of Helsinki. The Stockmann logo represents a set of escalators, because the first escalators in Finland were installed in the Stockmann department store in Helsinki.
The clock at the main entrance, colloquailly "Stockan kello" ("Stockmann's clock"), has become a symbol of Helsinkian city culture as a popular meeting place.
What to buy: It sells almost everything you need, food, furniture, flowers, toys, shoes, designer clothing (from Polo to Dolce & Gabbana) and books (in a different building next door called ''Akateeminen Kirjakauppa'').
Out of curiosity, I stopped in the Stockmann Department Store in Helsinki. It is a very large department store in a central location with a wide variety of merchandise. If you need anything while in Helsinki (like warmer clothes!), Stockmann is a good choice.
Stockman is a large department store in the centre of Helsinki. And it has all you need, from food to electronics, and everything between it.
Stockmann was established in 1862, but the building is from 1930.
It´s open mon-fri 09.00-21.00
sun 12.00-18.00 (summer time)
What to buy: Some Kalevala jewelery. The Kalevala jewelery design is based on Finnish and Scandinavian culture. And all of the jewelry is manufactured in Finland. They have some beautiful desings. You can read more on www.kalevalakoru.fi
In fact, the biggest department store in any of the Nordic countries. You don't realise it until you have been in it for a while and see no end :))) Here you will find all sorts of clothes and things you expect from a department store, but also several cafes and a very good assortment of Finnish quality souvenirs. The only thing I was disappointed with was the toy area which was small and not very unique compared to say KDW in Berlin or other famous stores.
What to buy: Finnish glass like Iittala, Marimekko clothes and things, Moomin toys and clothes...
The main body of the store was completed in 1930 by Sigurd Frosterus, the new section was designed by Kristian Gullichsen, Erkki Kairamo and Timo Vormala, and the shop has taken up the entire block since 1989.
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00 (from May 22 until August 28)
I was told on my sightseeing tour of Helsinki that it was said of Stockmanns, "if they don't have it, then you don't need it". Stockmanns is a department store with clothes for people of every age, electronic goods, books, sporting goods, cosmetics, furniture... there is even a supermarket downstairs.
Basically, for anything you're looking for, come here :)
Mon - Fri: 9am - 9pm
Sat: 9am - 6pm
Sun: 12pm - 6pm
What to pay: Depends on what you buy - prices seemed to be around average.
Stockmann is a large shopping centre in Helsinki. It is excellent for a wide range of goods particularly clothes and jewellery though it does have awide range of shops. There are some great areas for coffee and of course pasteries.
Stockmanns is massive and you really can't miss it! If you get lost easily, find your way frm Stockmanns as everyone knows where it is. Its quite reasonlable priced for gifts etc and the assistants speak many languages- they wear a little badge with flags on. Look for the flag of your language to see if they can speak that language. The net cafe in Stockmanns is a nice place to have a drink and gives free internet use for 15 min slots to customers. Also, the Academic Bookshop (separate) has a good section of English books as well as FInnish.
What to buy: Moomin, They are everywhere! Reindeer fur if you are not against the hunting of it, Glassware. Some nice pieces to pick up. Little reindeer ornaments are quite cute.
What to pay: No more than anywhere else in Helsinki really.
The Stockmann in Helsinki was the largest department store we saw during our limited time in Finland. It reminded us of The Bay in Canada or perhaps Macy's in the USA. However, Stockmann contrasted from our Canadian department stores in that it also had a food court and a book section, among other things. We felt like unless you are looking for a very particular product or brand, you will find what you are looking for at Stockmann!
Stockmann, Finland's largets department store. Twice a year they organize the crazy days. The prices are crazy and for sure the customers go crazy. If you notice a lot of yellow in and outside the shop, you know the crazy days arrived. But, I have to admit, they got some good deals. For sure in plane tickets. If you plan to travel or continue travelling from out of Helsinki, during the Crazy days you can get some cheap deals (like this year, round trip HKI - Shangai for 395 Euros incl. tax/fees). Just beware of the crazy customers :)
What to buy: Furthermore Stockmann has about everything you can imagine. Worthwhile mentioning are the souvenir shop (4th floor), the Delicatessen market (Basement) and the book store (connected to the Stockmann main building (Pohjois Esplanadi - Keskuskatu corrner) with an extensive collection of books (also in French, German and English). Stockmann has a good, yet expensive restaurant at the 6th floor. For some good snacks, go to Stockmann's bakery or the delicatessen shop next to the bakery. Foreign mags also can be found both at the ground floor of the main building and the ground floor of the bookstore.
Finnish Rock music has lately become very popular in all over the world. The Rasmus, HIM and Nightwish are well selling bands. Still those bands are far behind Hanoi Rocks if we think about PR or entertaining. On 15th of April, 2005 Hanoi Rocks stopped the centre of Helsinki when they released their new album by playing at the roof of the Stockmann Department Store. Over 10 000 people came to see this crazy band. Gig was marvellous!
What to buy: Hanoi Rocks: Another hostile takeover!
Stockmann department store is by far the best shopping experience in Finland. Their main store on Aleksanterinkatu has eight floors full of goodies.
The first floor hosts the large parfumerie, magazines, candies and big readymade meal counters. The second, third and fourth floor are filled with fashion for everybody, fifth contains housewares, linens and so on. The sixth floor has a good restaurant and large sports store. The electronics and music is to be found at the basement. Smaller special boutiques, cafes and such are spread around the building.
The basement delicatessen is a fine place to find Finnish specialties, such as rye bread, reindeer and game, among a wide selection of fine foods.
The service in Stockmann is ready to go lengths, do not be afraid to ask the clerks. There is also a worldwide shipping service on the 7th floor, should you buy something that is too big for your suitcase.