Lastenpuoti Olivia ja Oskari: Better children clothing
If you are searching for good quality branded childrenwear, go to Lastenpuoti Olivia ja Oskari in Turku's Kauppiaskatu. The store is located only a couple of blocks from the market square.
The selection caters for both boys and girls, and the boys' section is surprisingly big. Usually boys have less than half of clothes compared to girls. Here they carry a wide variety of toddler clothing for him, including Lego clothes -- an object of desire for every small man.
The girls' section is not bad either. There are clothes from, for example, DKNY, and the selection is at least as good as with the boys.
Senza Nome: Contemporary luxury fashions
Senza Nome is a small fashion boutique on Linnankatu -- a cluster of fashion shops in the very heart of Turku.
The selections in the shop are not huge, but the philosophy is quality over quantity. They stock several known high-end fashion labels, such as Dolce & Gabbana and Hugo Boss for both men and women. There is enough space in the shop to adore the garments, but it gets easily packed with more than five people.
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Element: Fashion with an edge
Element is an extremely nice fashion shop for young adults in the middle of busy shopping district in Turku. The spacious store has both the bleeding edge Finnish designers and more established international labels, such as Adidas, DKNY, Ivana Helsinki, J. Lindeberg, Karhu Originals, Nudie Jeans, and Tiger of Sweden.
The men fashion section is surprisingly large and well-stocked -- this is a really rare occurrence in Finnish fashion boutiques. The ladies section is, as usual, big enough to drain your wallet. The prices are high, but the garments are still affordable.
Kansallinen Kirjakauppa: Well-stocked Bookshop
Kansallinen Kirjakauppa operates three bookstores in Turku area. The biggest shop is located next to the market hall.
The store is a fresh exception to the chained bookstore landscape in Finland. The selection is good and there is a decent English books section, too.
The prices are par with the other bookstores, but during book bargain weeks (late January and early February) you can make real finds in store.
Shopping mall: Shopping mall
At the pedestrian street there is very nice shopping mall with few fashion stores, books, electronics etc. It is not very big one, but as it is located in the centre it is very comfortable to have such, especially during the long cold winter days when you do not really want to hang around outside too much.
The market place is the center of Turku. There is sold fish, fruits, vegetables and flowers. On summer afternoon the flie market is open. It is a common rendezvous place, too. People gather to have a cup of coffee and chatting. Almost all the busses go through the place.
There are lots of restaurants, cafes and pubs around the market place. The information point for tourists is one quarter close to it.
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Kauppahalli: Market hall
Wanna feel old Turku atmosphere? Visit here in Kauppahalli, and buy some Finnish specialites such as a saaristolaisleipä (bread) or savusiikoja (smoked fish).
Designed by Gustav Nyström, Turku Market Hall was an instant success as it opened in1896. The magnificent building, more than 118 meters in length, 16 meters in width, and 11 meters in height, provided a trading place for 122 local merchants. C. Armfelt, who inspected it, stated that "the building is rather neat and tasteful; well-lit, the interior makes a good impression". The technology used, such as steam heating conducted to the sites trough pipes, was modern and the highest international standards.
What to buy: There are also many handicraft shops, so if you want you can buy some souveniers. Also you can taste some healthy food or drink fresh coffee with some sweet cakes.
When I visited Turku I saw this big local produce market. It didn't just sell fruit and vegetables but also flowers.
Market Hall: Place to Buy Meat
Always fresh meat, vedgetables, fish etc. you may buy here. Also, you may have good pizza served by polite waitresses.
What to buy: Vegetables, fish, and all kind of meat, specially reindeer.
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Ruokavarasto: Peruvian Fruits in Turku
Ruokavarasto is a daily shop chain in Turku and surrounding. There I could find Peruvian mandarines.
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