The shop is described as the Nordic region's largets department store. I can well beleive it. It is a typical department vstore, with some 7 floors and a number of sub ground floor levels of shops and parking.
There are restauarants and coffee shops, and all the general stuff traditional store should have available for customers of all ages and tastes.
The 6th Floor Restaurant and the Terrace Bar are popular with tourists and locals alike.
There are now a number of extra subterranean walk ways which can connect the store to the outside especially handy when rainy or very cold!
It does seem that everyone in helsinki uses some aspect of the store as part of their lives. Even if it is only the clock outside one of the entrances which is used as a "meeting point".
Stockmann can be found from the central of Helsinki and also from Itäkeskus-shopping center.
You can find almost anything from there - but maybe not at the lowest prices.
My favourite departments are music and perfume department.
Its huge! 6 floors with all kinds of goods, most of them clothes. This shop has most international brands and local design.
But also electronics, interior design, deli shop and several restaurants and coffee shops.
Seperate from the main store is the bookshop. Wide variety of books also a big english section. And Finnish writers translated in ie German and French.
What to buy: I am always looking at interior things, ranging from porcelain to tea clothes to art.
This shop has a nice collection of hand blown glass birds from Toikka (part of Ittala)
What to pay: As much as you want, have, can afford, can keep your wallet closed.
Everybody shops here :D.
What to buy: Clothing. Price range from medium to high. Depends on what you are buying. They have good quality of clothing compare if you buy from Bangkok of course it's cheap but after one wash it shrinks! You know what i'm talking about, don't you?
This is the greatest department store in Helsinki (and Finland).
Most items are of quality here, prices can be good for value but sometimes expensive. Occasionally you can find great items on reduce price, which is great barging and tempting of buying.
What to buy: Everything. From my underware to to my car, I bought them both here :)
If you like shopping in Helsinki go away center and visit markets or Stores away of turists way. But if you prefer shop like in your country and more expensive then visit the stores in esplanadi and at the end of the north side near the intersection of Esplanadi and Mannerheimintie you can found Stockman´s department store, the Finland´s Harrods, the biggest, oldest and best store in town.
If you are as much interested in books as I am you'll get all excited in the Academic Bookstore.
Books in a number of different languages are sold there and the customer is always welcome to stop and read some passages.
In case you need a break, there is a nice coffee place as well.
What to buy: On four floors thousands of books are waiting to be read, just find the ones you like!
What to pay: Books are in general quite expensive in Finland but sometimes you can get a good deal on English paperbacks or reduced hardcovers.
Stockmann is a traditional department store that sells pretty much everything from the one way bus ticket to the complete golf equipment.
What to buy: If you want to spoil yourself a bit, how about buying one of the wonderful Aalto vases or some other pieces of the famous Finnish design?
(And for those of us with a bit tighter budget there are a number of less expensive items to buy and just looking around does not cost anything at all!)
The downtown is full of good shops. The best and the biggest department store is named Stockmann.
Scandinavia's largest shopping center called Itäkeskus with 240 shops and over 30 restaurants is outside the centre of Helsinki - but only 15 minutes by metro (subway) from the city centre. By car ten kilometers east of downtown along the Itäväylä highway.
A huge department store where you can buy everything you need.
What to buy: They have a big souvenir section here where you can buy the typical Suomi Souvenirs such as Lappish hats, sauna stuff or elks in all sizes. But they also have a huge glass section where you can buy Finnish glass design at its best! No way you are going home without a Alvar Aalto vase!
What to pay: Unfortunately the Aalto glass is not very cheap but it's worth every cent spent I think!
Seven floors of any immaginable goods money can buy.
This store is fills up a single block entirely by itself on the best location Helsinki has to offer.
And the store is still extending its localities.
Well structured floors, still enigmatic to strangers. Friendly service and pleasant environment.
What to buy: ANYTHING. Mark my words, anything. If you don't get it in Stockmann, you won't get it eslewhere in Finland either.
Food, electronics, clothes, beverage, books, cosmetics, furniture and, and, and...
What to pay: The range of prices is wide-spread. But you certainly can spend a fortune.
Here are some of the best shopping streets in the city:
In Aleksanterinkatu you can find for example the oldest and biggest depatment store in Helsinki, which is Stockmann. There's also great and expensive shoestore Rizzo. Then there's cheap Swedish stores such as H&M and Din Sko. You can find also Moda, Dress Man, Max Mara, Boss Woman, Kapp Ahl, Nilson etc.
In Mikonkatu you can find for example Peak Performance, Benetton/Sisley, Sand, Marc O'Polo and Part Two.
Near those streets is Kämp Galleria where you can find some great stores as well, for example Gant Store, Lacoste, H&M, Diesel, Bang&Olufsen, Sony, Marimekko, Skanno, Tarsala (Finnish shoe maker) and more.
I finally didn't get the Leningrad Cowboy CD I was searching for ... but I got one of which I didn't know it IS :-)
I am soooooo happy, you can believe me!!!
Stockmann is the one of the most known shoping centres in North-Europe. That shopping centers you can find also in othes capitals of this part of Europe. For example in Tallinn.
very big and expensive
Twice a year there is Foolish day. In october and in April. Great discounts and interesting yellow packs.