Stockmann, Finland's largets department store. Twice a year they organize the crazy days. The prices are crazy and for sure the customers go crazy. If you notice a lot of yellow in and outside the shop, you know the crazy days arrived. But, I have to admit, they got some good deals. For sure in plane tickets. If you plan to travel or continue travelling from out of Helsinki, during the Crazy days you can get some cheap deals (like this year, round trip HKI - Shangai for 395 Euros incl. tax/fees). Just beware of the crazy customers :)
What to buy Furthermore Stockmann has about everything you can imagine. Worthwhile mentioning are the souvenir shop (4th floor), the Delicatessen market (Basement) and the book store (connected to the Stockmann main building (Pohjois Esplanadi - Keskuskatu corrner) with an extensive collection of books (also in French, German and English). Stockmann has a good, yet expensive restaurant at the 6th floor. For some good snacks, go to Stockmann's bakery or the delicatessen shop next to the bakery. Foreign mags also can be found both at the ground floor of the main building and the ground floor of the bookstore.
Finnish Rock music has lately become very popular in all over the world. The Rasmus, HIM and Nightwish are well selling bands. Still those bands are far behind Hanoi Rocks if we think about PR or entertaining. On 15th of April, 2005 Hanoi Rocks stopped the centre of Helsinki when they released their new album by playing at the roof of the Stockmann Department Store. Over 10 000 people came to see this crazy band. Gig was marvellous!
What to buy Hanoi Rocks: Another hostile takeover!
Stockmann department store is by far the best shopping experience in Finland. Their main store on Aleksanterinkatu has eight floors full of goodies.
The first floor hosts the large parfumerie, magazines, candies and big readymade meal counters. The second, third and fourth floor are filled with fashion for everybody, fifth contains housewares, linens and so on. The sixth floor has a good restaurant and large sports store. The electronics and music is to be found at the basement. Smaller special boutiques, cafes and such are spread around the building.
The basement delicatessen is a fine place to find Finnish specialties, such as rye bread, reindeer and game, among a wide selection of fine foods.
The service in Stockmann is ready to go lengths, do not be afraid to ask the clerks. There is also a worldwide shipping service on the 7th floor, should you buy something that is too big for your suitcase.
The shop is described as the Nordic region's largets department store. I can well beleive it. It is a typical department vstore, with some 7 floors and a number of sub ground floor levels of shops and parking.
There are restauarants and coffee shops, and all the general stuff traditional store should have available for customers of all ages and tastes.
The 6th Floor Restaurant and the Terrace Bar are popular with tourists and locals alike.
There are now a number of extra subterranean walk ways which can connect the store to the outside especially handy when rainy or very cold!
It does seem that everyone in helsinki uses some aspect of the store as part of their lives. Even if it is only the clock outside one of the entrances which is used as a "meeting point".
Stockmann can be found from the central of Helsinki and also from Itäkeskus-shopping center.
You can find almost anything from there - but maybe not at the lowest prices.
My favourite departments are music and perfume department.
Its huge! 6 floors with all kinds of goods, most of them clothes. This shop has most international brands and local design.
But also electronics, interior design, deli shop and several restaurants and coffee shops.
Seperate from the main store is the bookshop. Wide variety of books also a big english section. And Finnish writers translated in ie German and French.
What to buy I am always looking at interior things, ranging from porcelain to tea clothes to art.
This shop has a nice collection of hand blown glass birds from Toikka (part of Ittala)
What to pay As much as you want, have, can afford, can keep your wallet closed.
Everybody shops here :D.
What to buy Clothing. Price range from medium to high. Depends on what you are buying. They have good quality of clothing compare if you buy from Bangkok of course it's cheap but after one wash it shrinks! You know what i'm talking about, don't you?
If you like shopping in Helsinki go away center and visit markets or Stores away of turists way. But if you prefer shop like in your country and more expensive then visit the stores in esplanadi and at the end of the north side near the intersection of Esplanadi and Mannerheimintie you can found Stockman´s department store, the Finland´s Harrods, the biggest, oldest and best store in town.
If you are as much interested in books as I am you'll get all excited in the Academic Bookstore.
Books in a number of different languages are sold there and the customer is always welcome to stop and read some passages.
In case you need a break, there is a nice coffee place as well.
What to buy On four floors thousands of books are waiting to be read, just find the ones you like!
What to pay Books are in general quite expensive in Finland but sometimes you can get a good deal on English paperbacks or reduced hardcovers.
Stockmann is a traditional department store that sells pretty much everything from the one way bus ticket to the complete golf equipment.
What to buy If you want to spoil yourself a bit, how about buying one of the wonderful Aalto vases or some other pieces of the famous Finnish design?
(And for those of us with a bit tighter budget there are a number of less expensive items to buy and just looking around does not cost anything at all!)
The downtown is full of good shops. The best and the biggest department store is named Stockmann.
Scandinavia's largest shopping center called Itäkeskus with 240 shops and over 30 restaurants is outside the centre of Helsinki - but only 15 minutes by metro (subway) from the city centre. By car ten kilometers east of downtown along the Itäväylä highway.
A huge department store where you can buy everything you need.
What to buy They have a big souvenir section here where you can buy the typical Suomi Souvenirs such as Lappish hats, sauna stuff or elks in all sizes. But they also have a huge glass section where you can buy Finnish glass design at its best! No way you are going home without a Alvar Aalto vase!
What to pay Unfortunately the Aalto glass is not very cheap but it's worth every cent spent I think!