The centre of the the town of Jyvaskyla is surprisingly small - most of the shops, bars and restaurants are situated along the Kauppakatu Street (+ 1 block up and down along the side streets). This core is the area of the pedestrian district (Kauppakatu is partly closed for cars), and the area where the street is heated in winter to melt the snow and ice away (this is done with the excess heat from the houses along the street).
There are more shops than you can see at the first sight. Many of the shops are situated indoors in small shopping centres built inside the older town houses. These shopping centres are worth exploring as there are also plenty of small independent shops (i.e. not part of the all-invading chains).
What to buy: You can find clothes, books, jewellery, cameras, gift shops, restaurants, etc in the small shopping centres. The departement stores Sokos and Anttila are situated in the city centre.
Both the local art museum and the Craft Museum of Finland are situated in the shopping area.
This is like another Jyväskeskus-they are propably by same owner,because the web-pages are also alike.This is on the other side of street,facing Jyväskeskus.
They have little more shoes (Mekka,Bianco,Aleksi 13), bags (Mini-laukku,Aleksi 13),make ups (Yves Rocher,Kicks).But also clothes (Gina Tricot,Vero Moda,Jack&Jones,Jim& Jill) and some books,and cafes.Also jewellery,gold Virpin kulta) and "not so real gold (Glitter).
There´s also a K-supermarket and Anttila-department-store
What to buy: Many things ;)
It´s a typical Finnish shopping-center with H&M,Seppälä;KappAhl,Jack and Jones etc.
Also Mac Donalds and Submarine (lot like Subway)
You can see the shops here:
What to buy: Clothes mostly,or something to eat.
What to pay: Not expensive shops,so not very much.
This is quite old shopping-centre.When I was a child/teenager it was full of life.No it wasn´t so crowded as before.But it was sunday,and I belive that first open sunday before christmas.They might have had bad luck,when bus-station moved away from next to it.
Now they seemed to have many shops ,witch aren´t a part of some chain.It was nice.
I did like a shop called "Sisustus Selma",They had small things to decorate your home.
I did buy some tea and a "bag" for my cell-phone,made by "Riiminka"
They seem to make mostly childrens clothes,but also moneybags,bags,cell-phone bags..
Another shop to mention is Puttipaja.Beautyful candles,and some other nice things ,too.
This shop is little"behind the corner",so it´s worth of finding.It´s on the way to department store "Halonen".
What to buy: Lot´s of things,from handmade chokolate to candles.See the web-page.
What to pay: Not all the cheapest,but things you don´t find at every shop.