Kauppatori (Market Square & Market Hall), Helsinki
On a bright sunny day it's a good idea to head down to the market on Helsinki's harbour. There you can find many kinds of food; different kinds of fish and other meats, fresh fruit and vegetables (get yourself some strawberries, raspberries or blueberries!). There are also quite a few souvenir stalls and arts and crafts stalls.
Plus if you're hungry then and there, there are plenty of stalls selling drinks and food and tables to sit at and eat.
A good place to wander around.
(From May-September it also runs on Sundays)
Sightseeing and cruises by boat:
Helsinki by sea: Royal Line, Sun Lines, Astrid Charter Oy, Random Lines Oy.
Also archipelago cruises: Iha-Lines.
Helsinki by sea and archipelago cruises 1-2 hours, commentary in many languages, departure from the harbour the Market Square.
Cruises to Porvoo (old wooden town): m/s J.L. Runeberg.
One-day or longer journeys to Tallinn in Estonia Eckerö Line, Linda Line, Nordic Jetline, Silja Line, Tallink, Viking Line.
Just at the harbor there is the big market square in Helsinki, the Kauppatori. Here you can buy a lot of things, most of it is food and souvenirs though. Nothing special, a bit too touristic for me, but still a nice place to stroll around for half an hour or so.
Just make sure you keep you wallet close to you. Lots of people means high risk to lose it…
The markets in Helsinki are certainly worth a look. They are beautifully set right on the harbour front. There is an indoor market hall and lots of outdoor market stalls. It's a wonderful place for photography as well as for shopping, because there is always lots going on here.
The place shows realy different face depending you're there during the day, when is full of people, coming from big ships in a search of a goodfood, souvenirs, boat trips or during the night when is quiet and there's no one. During the night hours there's no trace of any stand or daily open sky food kiosks and many typical Finish souvenirs stands.
The Vanha Kauppahalli is a very interesting sight: a covered market that was built in 1888 made of and yellow bricks. Inside there are two long rows of polished pine stalls, selling everything from souvenirs, bread, fruits and veggies, and in particular plenty of Finnish delicacies such as salmon (prepared in many different ways) and reindeer. You can taste them in one of the market little restaurants and cafés.
The market is open 06:30-18:00 from Monday to Friday, from 06:30 to 16:00 on Saturday, and in summer also on Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00.
Kauppatori (Salutorget in Swedish) is the Market Square, a very central square right near the Esplanadi. Like the nearby Kauppahalli, it sells souvenirs, bread, fruits and veggies and fish. I found it a bit too touristy – with too many stalls selling souvenirs and too few selling food, in particular fish. This way the market’s atmosphere is somewhat lost. Prices tend to be on the touristy side…
The most interesting sight I found at Kauppatori was this boat selling fish that had just been fished: delicious!
If you are in the city between May and August (summer time), DO NOT miss the delicious food at Kauppatori (market square)! You will get delicious food with small money. Do not worry about the hygiene, no need to. In Finland the health authorities are very strict by hygiene and how food is preserved. They do several hygiene/sample tests of the food during the summer without any prenotice.
There you can find some traditional food as well as other kind of snacks which will keep your hunger away. Yes, I always eat here if I'm around. A word of warning tho': watch the seagulls, they are arrogant and after your food portion!
In 2008 it was open 18.May to 28.Sep: Mon-Fri 6.30-18.00, Sat 6.30-16.00, . Sun 10.00-17.00
There is a shuttle bus right off the boat dock. For either $8 US or 5 Euro they would take us roundtrip into Helsinki and back. Of course we gave them $8 US currency. The bus dropped us off downtown just around the corner from the avenue that went to the market.
There wonderful smells greeted us, and very friendly people too. They had all kinds fruits and vegetables, and wonderful breads and desserts too purchase here.
Even on a rainy October day, the Market Square in Helsinki was bustling with activity. I browsed the stands of the local vendors -- and also watched the many birds who were flying and walking about. Great place!
I used to think that street markets were not customary or popular in Europe, but all along my trips I've come to discover otherwise. This is one of the main spots in Helsinki, right by the sea front and very active and bustling with tourists.
I loved this market because they had all kinds of stuff here.... you could eat different kinds of food at some stands, buy vegetables and fruits, loads of nice souvenirs (which were overpriced, in my opinion)... I was also surprised to find some Latinamerican vendors at the market (from Colombia and Chile).... sooo far away from their countries! One of them was selling finnish souvenirs but the other one was selling jewelery typical of HER country, which was kind of cool to find in this far away town.
The only thing I really hated is that sea gulls are flying above your head and the market stands ALL the time (and some of them really low), dropping their "bombs" and just making you feel uncomfortable -- at least I felt that way. You can't escape them, they're not afraid of people so they're flying around all the time because the market is just next to the waterfront. Oh well, nothing you can do about it..!! Just be careful and enjoy your tour.... it's a place worth seeing.
One notable feature of the market is the old Market Hall on the south shore, which opened in 1889 and was the first of its kind in Finland. Food and other wares have been changing hands at the Market Square since the 18th century, which also saw the start of the ever-popular Baltic Herring Market in October.
The busy Market Square with its orange capped stalls lies between the sea and an impressive row of historical buildings, including City Hall, the Swedish Embassy and the Presidential Palace. Rising
out of the fountain near the Esplanade Park at the western end of the Market is the statue of Havis Amanda, the mermaid symbol of Helsinki. The hustle and bustle of the market and its appetising aromas act as a magnet for shoppers and for anyone looking for a snack or a coffee.
You should explore something really amazing in the early morning. The square starts to awake around 5.30 a.m. You can buy there vegetables, fruits, berries also to drink hot tea or coffee with a piece of cake for breakfast in summer. I don't know how it's during the winter time. Interesting to watch finnish people who hurry to their jobs and stops for a while at the Market Square for to drink a cup of coffee with a piece of cake. Good to spend some time there while you wait for a ferry.
Market sqare ( Kauppatori ) is in the centre of Helsinki and a tourist attraction at summer time.
You can get here by walkin down the streets of Esplanadi.
The ferries to Suomenlinna goes frome here. And at summer time you can go on some ferry cruises from here too.
The market has been here from the early 1800. In the middle of the market, you find a monument called Keisarinnankivi (the Emperss stone). It´s a shape of an obelisk and on the top, it has an eagle with two heads. It´s from year 1835 and made for the Empress Aleksandra Fjodorovna, for the occasion of her first visit to Helsinki. She was the wife of Emperor Nicholai I.
The market sqare is open around the year. From here you can buy some good souvenirs and fresh food. And there is a lot of outdoor cafes. Look out anyway for the sea-gulls flying around, they can snatch your food, you want to eat, from your hand.
From the market sqare you can see the Uspenski cathedral, the presidential residence, the Helsinki city hall and the beautiful statue of Havis Amanda.