Kauppatori (Market Square & Market Hall), Helsinki
Kauppatori square means "market square". It is located closely to the sea. The square was formed on this place in the beginning of the XIX century. Kauppatori is the brightest and the brisk city square. The market rustles there, thousand of tourists from nearby port arrive there.
It was authorized to arrange the markets on this place in 1639, and in 1743 the first fish fair took place there. An operating time of the markets - from 6.30 till 18.00 in the summer every day except for Sunday.
Fish products, products of local national crafts are on sale there: unusual hats, dolls, souvenirs, knitted and wooden products.
The square is surrounded by buildings of the XIX century - unfortunately only few kept during the second world war.
Market Square just maybe a good place to begin or end your stroll on the Esplanade. Look for the brightly colored tent tops and you can't miss the market. This outdoor market just near the harbor is an excellent place to find local produce, fish and baked goods offered for sale by the friendly Finns. Smoked herring is one of the many favorites. At the market you'll also find crafts and souvenirs from the far north of Finland, known as Lappland. (Lappland was an optional but expensive shore excursion that would have been great to take!!)
If the weather isn't cooperating, have a look in the Market Hall where you will also find an excellent collection of produce and other goods as well as crafts/souvenirs and a nice atmosphere. Quite a nice place to experience and reminds me somewhat of Pike Place in Seattle, Washington, or the French Market in New Orleans.
At the edge of the market at the harbor you will find the ferries (Nordic Jet Line) which will sail you to the Estonian capital of Tallinn. (Thanks to JohntheFinn for the correct info here.)
There was a Market on, great, I couldn't wait to have a look!
I liked lots here, plenty of different things for sale, so different to "home!'
Lots of very warm looking Furs, beautiful Capes, lots of xmas decorations [ I bought a few], plenty of toys and different types of food to choose from!
Excellent market, make sure you go for a look!
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)
The granite obelisk "the Stone of Empress" (Keisarinnan kivi) is located in the middle of the Kauppatori square. This monument was created by K.Engel in 1835.
The obelisk was installed in honour of Nikolay's I and Aleksandra Fedorovna visit on that place where they put ashore during the visit to Helsinki.
The gilt two-headed eagle on the bronze globe crowns the obelisk. The gold eagle was dumped on the ground in 1917. Long time it was kept in a museum. It was returned on a former place in 1972.
The Old Market Hall (Wanha Kauppahalli) is a red yellow brick building which was completed in 1888. The hall is full of wooden stalls offering all sorts of Finnish products from fresh fish to souvenirs. The hall is also home to a few little restaurants and cafes.
Although Kauppatori is surrounded by interesting 19th century buildings, it's not the architecture that attracts most people to this place. Here you can find lots of stalls with interesting craft works and souvenirs as well as cheap food. You can also watch numerous boats moored to the other side of the square.
There is one of the main symbols of Helsinki-fountain Havis Amanda (Suihkukavio) in the western part of the Kauppatori square with a sculpture of the naked woman of the mermaid.
The fountain was installed in 1908 under the project of architect I.Valgren. Amanda personifies the city of Helsinki rising from the sea. Four sea lions surround a statue. Jets of water fall from mouths of lions. Amanda's bronze sensual statue made a true furor in due time.
On April, 30th near a fountain students celebrate Vaapu holiday.
It's kind of hard to miss this market... especially if you're leaving or arriving in Helsinki by sea. Anyway, it's not to be missed.... there's all kinds of neat stuff on sale, ranging from kitchy tourist stuff to unique handmade textiles, jewelry, etc. But what I will always remember are the berries. There is all kinds of fresh food on sale, including fish which are probably great. But when I saw the strawberries I knew I had to have them, even for 4 euros/litre or whatever the price was.
As an American, I had never had REAL strawberries until I bought a bag of Finnish ones at the market. These strawberries are cold, SWEET and dripping with bright red juice. They are so full of flavor, I couldn't stop eating them right from the bag. I'm sure the other berries on sale were just as good. These can't even be compared to any berries I had ever had, not even the ones I picked in a garden in Russia, and now I will never appreciate American "strawberries" ever again...
The "Kauppatori" here in Helsinki is really something of special.
I walked for a long time in the market just smelling and tasting everything.
It was so exciting!
If you go to Helsinki i advice you to do the same...you'll feel better the city and its people (even if it's true that it is plenty of tourists).
In the market you can find a large variety of food, from fish to reindeer's sausages to fruit and of t-shirts and souvenirs.
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…
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!
Kauppatori is Helsinki's busiest marketplace, right on the waterfront. You can try and buy all kinds of food, especially fish, berries and honey. Of course there are also stalls where souvenirs are sold.
Apart from that Kauppatori is the departure point for boat trips to Suomenlinna, the zoo and around the small islets.
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.
One of my favorite places, even as a born Finn. I love to go there for a cup of hot coffee, and I always buy a hot delicious and a bit greasy thin meat pie which is the best ever made anywhere in the world. This time I forget my healthy eating...it is just heavenly. There are several booths/cafés, but go to the "Toripojat" (free translation "market square boys") place. They even advertise their meat pies as the best in Helsinki, Finland, and the world :) You'll be sure to get a smile and good and fast service. You can also get an extra (the second) cup of coffee at a cheaper price than the first one.
When zipping the coffee and sitting out in the sun, it is nice either to watch happy people passing buy, follow the sales of the people in the booths, or just enjoy the harbour views with the huge cruise ships (Finland-Sweden). It always makes me on a good mood. I don't even buy any vegetables or anything every time, I enjoy walking around and feeling the sea and the athmosphere of the place.
You can pamper yourself with Belgian wraps and wafels, either salty or sweet, or just by buying fresh Finnish berries like sweet strawberries. Try fresh peas - open them and pour the round green balls to your mouth - they are really sweet in the summer. All domestic fresh vegetable take my tongue.
If you are more hungry, why not to have your lunch here? You can have Finnish traditional food, fish - there are many outdoor/tent restaurants to choose from. Not too expensive either.
When walking more towards the east end of the market square when the food stuff end, you find the booths selling postcards, T-shirts, fur, handicraft and other souvenir. Many of them hand made in Finland. In most places you can buy with credit card too (the souvenir places; not in the usual vegetable booths).
If you have time, don't forget the Market Hall (Kauppahalli in Finnish) nearby; next to the parking area. It is seen to the market place. It is a very unique place with small wooden booths inside; selling practically everything from reindeer, bear, salmon and chocolate to snacks and more usual food. It also has a café and a popular small Japanese restaurant inside. The prices are a little higher than in shops and supermarkets, but the quality is good and the majority of the people are entrepreneurs selling their own stuff. And - it is a good sight to see an no obligations to buy!