Kärkäinen sells beside all different things (srews, home working tools) also some Outdoor equipment. Especially also fuel for liquid cookers. Ask for 'Marinol'.
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What to buy: Fuel for outdoor cooker.
In the supermarket chain Prisma you can find also outdoor equipment.
(south of Oulu)
(north of Oulu)
What to buy: They have sleeping bags, knifes, cooker, dishes for outdoor, small choice of dry meals.
Only you will not find fuel for the liquid cooker, but gas.
The selling of stronger alcohol in Finland is limited to certain stores called alko.
Find their webpage here:
-> Finnish Alcohol Store ALKO (Finnish, English, Swedish)
What to buy: Any stronger alcoholic drink from beer over wine to whiskey etc.
Two big chains here in Finland providing electronic articles like DVD-players, TVs, mobile phones etc. are:
Well, I apologize right at the beginning for this tip... :)
In case you are looking for some food you know from Germany, a good place to be successful are the lidl-supermarkets. You can find them at many different locations here in Finnland.
What to buy: The food is to 60% comparable to the choice you have in the German stores of the chain, the rest are Finnish products.
The entrance to Nicky & Nelly store is a bit understatement for the shop: it looks like any small boutique door, but the store expands behind corner into a huge space full of clothes, shoes and accessories for children.
Nicky & Nelly is a chain store, but I've never seem them having so much of stuff. Maybe the Oulu franchise is running some extra brands or they just love to stock things. The variety of clothes is excellent, and most of the sizes are available. The shoe selection is very good, too -- at least for Finland.
The store is located on the street that has Rotuaari, one block further from the ball statue.
Kirjakauppa Kipa is a little bit funny bookstore in Finland, as it stocks only books. Usually, the stores are filled with all office related stuff and sometimes the books are in minority. Not in here.
The smallish store is located in Pakkahuoneenkatu, near the walking area Rotuaari. The selection is focused on literature in Finnish, but they stock some English books and maps for tourists.
The number of alternative books from Like and Sammakko (small Finnish publishers) is astounding compared to the small size of the store.
Levykauppa Äx's store in Oulu looks like most of the other non-chain record stores: rough at edges and a lot of attitude inside.
The store is the best place to buy music in Oulu, if you are not interested in the too-produced mass music genres.
Tilted towards rock, heavy metal and alternative, Äx stocks a lot of bands that the media doesn't say a word. They sell both new and used cds. There is also a shelf for vinyl discs.
Lastenvaateliike Tiina Kiikka is a treasury box for finding old style children fashion, such as sailor suits, pretty dresses and other garments.
The store is open only during summer. It can be found at the old red warehouses facing the sea, next to the Oulu market square. Entering the store is like travelling a hundred years back in time.
The selection of clothes is huge, and all of them portray the charm of old ages.
Rotuaari is simply the best location to start shopping in Oulu, especially if you do not have a car at your disposal.
Rotuaari is part of Kirkkokatu, designated only for pedestrians. The street has shops on both sides -- both boutiques and large stores, including Stockmann department store.
The place is very good for fashion shopping, but you can find also book, jewelry and music shops. There are a couple of cafés at the one end of the area. The biggest movie theater in Oulu can be found at the other end.
Oulun Kauppahalli on the market square is a traditional Finnish collection of small shops selling special foods, souveniers and other interesting items. The shops or stalls are along two corridors and the place is pleasant for a short stroll if you are in the neighbourhood. The prices are higher compared to normal shops, but the service is more personal.
There is also a decent café that sells soups and sandwiches among sweetier items.
Oulun Koru is big jewelry store in Finnish standards. All relevant brands are available from watches to jewelry and silverware.
The staff is very helpful and knows enough to answer even some of the more peculiar questions.
Oulun Koru is not for cheapskates. Finland in general is not a good place to buy jewelry, except if you are interested in Finnish design -- that is, by the way, quite unique compared to the rest of the world.
What to buy: Lapponia Jewelry has several excellent collections that portrait Finnish nature. They have both golden and silver jewelry. Karelia Koru is another brand; they have got inspiration from medieval or even older Finnish designs.
Vima: sells fashionable clothes for both ladies and gentlemen in the center of Oulu. The store is conveniently located on Rotuaari, just next to Stockmann. In fact, you can walk from Vima: to Stockmann without even noticing that you have moved from a store to another. Just remember to pay your purchases first...
The first floor has male fashion and shoes, the second floor is for ladies, the third has Benetton and Sisley shop-in-shop and the fourth floor hosts a cafe.
The garments are designated mostly for young urban people, but you can find the basic suits and other paraphelia there, too. The prices are normal Finnish street prices, so no bargains can usually be found.
Located at Oulu City Art Museum, museum shop Ainoa sells things you might not find anywhere else in Oulu. It is a small shop and therefore hasn't things like department stores, but if you are walking in Ainola park or in this old industrail district, I suggest visiting here. Just check out what they have there and maybe buy some nice cards.
They do have many art books, posters, cards and cute little things which are just fascinating. It is not something you necessarily need, but just for fun:)
If you need medicine late in the evening, Yliopiston Apteekki (University Pharmacy) is open until 11pm /23. It is also open on Sundays, so everyday from 8-23. Usually the pharmacys close around 6pm/18.
So far you cannot by pain reliefs or any kind of medicines or pills from grocery store, you have to alwways head to pharmacy. It is great that this is open so late and everyday.