what to buy in Turku: what to buy in Turku
we didn’t buy anything in Turku except some food supplies from Lidl supermarket (Eerikinkatu 4) which is located near market square.
We saw some souvenirs at the museums we visited (Aboa Vetus but also the Forum Maritime) and some at the Tourist Info.
For those who are interested in clothes check Iopistonkatu pedestrian street (off market square), at #22 you’ll find the popular in Finland Stockmann Mall.
Karkkirysä: Who want candy?
There´s lots of candy at here, and mostly quite cheap. It also looked like they have those ones being "wrong season". I saw easter candy for example at october. But they weren´t too old, so we bought some cheap easter chocolate eggs ;) I like that thin chocolate they do have in those.
The name of the place is somehow translated as "Candy trap".
What to buy: candy..
What to pay: Little less than in normal food stores.
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Hansa kortteli: Shopping centre, at the centre
Shopping centre, so you will find allmost everything. Many clothes stores might be the same ones as in many town around Europe..
What to buy: Anything from clothes to books and candy etc..
What to pay: Not cheap, not expensive. Normal prices.
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Levykauppa Äx: CD´s and DVD´s
Our favourite music shop, because it has all the best cd`s we like.
There is Äx now in many other towns too.
If you get intrested in some Finnish music, you´ll find even the little unknown ones in here. Sometimes they need to order a copy for you, so can´t promise everything by just walking in. But they do sent anywhere, so you can get your copy sended to your home.
They also do sell tickets to some gigs.
What to buy: music!
What to pay: Little less (usually) than in most music shops.
Yes, they have Stockmann also here in Turku, as usuak most of 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.
c04 Luomus Oy: Buy fabulous Finnish design and handicraft
The company is founded by 4 talented young women. It's located near Kauppatori on the way to the Art Museum. They make and sell unique clothes mainly for women, some for babies and different sorts of hand bags. They also design and make clothes on request and fix your clothes if you need to. They're rather new company and haven't mastered their web page fully yet but you'll get the the idea of their products by visiting their web site. And of course don't miss the shop. I don't live in Turku anymore but whenever I pay a visit to the city I will definitely go to the shop.
What to buy: Local design and handicrafts. There's plenty.
What to pay: c04 Luomus Oy is very reasonably priced for example a hand-made and self designed and printed t-shirt costs 34€. Hand bags are abour 25€.
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Ottomaani is one of the leading furniture and interiors shop in Turku. Located in the poshy neighbourhood nearby the river and the cathedral, the store is well in walking distance from the busier shopping streets nearby the market square.
You can find both Finnish and international design classics, and some of them are so small that they can be easily transported in an airplane. Of course, they can sell you a bed, too. It is fortunate in that case that Turku has a harbour...
Finland is not the cheapest place to buy furniture, but good quality and good quality is pricey everywhere -- and they are worth of every penny.
Oz Baby: Everything and beyound for babies
Oz Baby is a huge baby and children store in a semi-industrial zone a few kilometers from the Turku downtown. The trip is worth the drive, as the selection is unbeatable in the Turku region.
The place looks a bit like a factory store, but unfortunately the prices are on normal high-street level. As the store is spacious, everything is shown and the clerks are eager to answer your questions and in generally help you. There is a small playroom for children in the middle of the store, and usually dads are parked there, too.
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Tepun Tori: Flea Market
Permanent flea market shop in Itäharju area. Here you may find all kind of old more or less nessessary things for your household and souveneer, too. Personally I have found books I was missing for reasonable price.
Update(2006): This has been closed now, but there are many other flea markets in Turku. In summertime, the evening flea market opens at 3 pm on the Market Place in the center.
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Donatello: Fashion gem by the river
Donatello is one of the most exclusive fashion shops in Turku. The store is located a few blocks from the market square, just next to river Aura and Turku Cathedral (on the other side of the river, though).
Inside the pink building, there are several rooms that have a bit English luxury feel; old wood, elegant display and subdued service. One of the rooms contains garments for men and the rest of the shop is devoted for ladies.
Donatello's brands include Boss, Max Mara, Furla, Armani, and Versace among others. The price tag follows the brand, so don't expect find anything inexpensive here.
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Kappashop: Miniscule luxury boutique
Kappashop is a small luxury fashion store on the ground floor in Hansa shopping center. Despite its size, there is an amazing amount of stuff on sale. Most of the garments, bags and shoes are for ladies, but they have a small collection of items for men, too.
The brands include Burberry, Lacoste, Filippa K, Mulberry and Sand. Not maybe the top-notch of haute couture, such as Gucci or Prada, but you seldom find them in Finland, anyhow. The service is cheerful, but they leave you to browse the garments in your own leisure, too.
Turku market hall: Delicious delicacies
Finland has long traditions of market halls; every formidable town has had at least one. Nowadays, most of the halls have been shut down and only a few are operating. These halls are usually one of the best places in the town to buy anything specialised food.
Turku market hall is an old red brick (dating back to 1896) building located opposite of Hansa shopping center in Eerikinkatu. Inside, the hall has two corridors packed full of miniscule shops that sell meat, fish, cheese, vegetables and ethnic ingredients. A couple of cafés and souvenir shops can be found, too.
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Brothers: For men only
A men only clothing shop is a rare sight in Finland, especially outside Helsinki. Turku's Hansa center can boast having one: Brothers. The store is part of a Swedish chain, and this outlet is their first ones in Finland.
The garments are seemingly designed for young urban men that use some more money in clothing than in average. It is not a luxury store, though, and the price level is in par with H&M and Zara -- as well as the quality and the design of the items.
Sisu - Finnish Sweets
The famous Finnish company Leaf Oy is based in Turku and produces all kind of sweets. One of them are sweet pastilles called Sisu. Sisu seems to be an untranslateable Finnish word, which refers to the Finnish courage.
The pastilles are small, round and marked with an 'S'. They come in different taste versions; "Raikas Sokton" seems to be very popular.
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Laukku-Rasti: Bags and travel accessories
If you need more room for all the stuff that you have bought from Turku and Finland in general, Laukku-Rasti is an excellent store to buy more luggage.
The store is located on Kauppiaskatu, a couple of blocks away from the Turku's market square. They stock all the major brands available in Finland; Samsonite is the favourite here.
Apart from luggage, the store offers also other bags and travel accessories, such as umbrellas.
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