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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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