The old covered market of Helsinki, known as Vanha kauppahalli (Old Market Hall) is located by the harbour just south of the Esplanade. It was built in 1889 by the architect Gustaf Nyström. It continues to serve as a market for food and also contains a café.
The Old Market Hall alongside the Market Square has been a meeting place for Helsinki's food aficionados and a popular tourist attraction since it first opened in 1889. In addition to traditional treats, you can also find Japanese sushi and delicacies from Lapland. Open monday to friday 8 to 18 and saturday from 8 to 16h.
El viejo mercado cubierto, en el muelle sur, es el sitio obligado de encuentro de los amantes del buen comer de Helsinki desde el año 1889 y uno de los lugares más frecuentados por los turistas. Se pueden degustar en el mismo lugar exquisiteces de las más variadas ofrecidas por pequeños comercios de elaboración propia. Abierto de lunes a viernes de 8 a 18h y los sábados de 8 a 16h.
Is the most famous market in Helsinki. There are many stalls where the sell traditional market foods and treats, as well as handicrafts and souvenirs. There is also a heated café tent where you can comfortably sip steaming hot coffee even on the coldest days in winter.
Es el mercado más famoso de Helsinki y en el encontrarás de todo, especialidades tradicionales y de temporada, objetos de artesanía y de recuerdos. En los días de más frio te puedes tomar una bebida caliente en la cafetería-carpa climatizada.
Next to the Market square this is a good restroom spot and they have several fast terminals with free WiFi. Great for us as Internet was 12 euro.
Beside making use of the facilities , they have some very interesting art/ photography on display.
pend hours here , making sure to see every craft stores and preselect , which food stall we will eat in later. There are some wonderful Finnish handicrafts here. We buy a couple of lovely wooden hats for Skye and Xavier.and a numbered print from a local artist of a reindeer. There are so many fur garments ...not used to seeing them anymore. there were lots of Russian tourists who seemed happy to still wear minks , and fox furs. They did have many wonderful local crafts , like reindeer antler bottle openers and wine corks, and placemats made of juniper, and hunting knives.
Along with craft shops , there were lots of fruit and vegtable stands , fish markets and little eateries.
Kauppatori is the famous market square of Helsinki, we went there one morning to take the ferry to Suomenlinna island but we had plenty of time later to see the square too.
Except those who take the ferries it is full of locals and tourists that walk around on a sunny day (obviously it must be much more quitter in winter). There are many food stands all over the place, most of the vendors have the same things more or less, usually fried fresh sprat or similar small fish, salmon of course, vegetable dishes etc We had lunch there but the funniest thing was to watch the seagulls, the silly ones looking for crumbs on the pavement (pic 3) but the smart ones stand on top of the kiosks (pic 4) to supervise the unsuspecting customers that will see their food got stolen in a few minutes :)
Talking about food you can also try the boat restaurants here but we wanted to be real tourists and did what most people do :) The portions were good enough and the prices cheap for Finland…
Although it’s fully touristic we loved the colorful atmosphere, we even felt into the trap to buy some cheap tacky tshirts :) There are numerous stands with the usual souvenirs (magnets, tshirts, postcards, hats and shoes for winter etc) but also fruits and vegetables. Some of the outdoor café sell the famous meat pastry lihapiirakka but we didn’t try it.
We took some pictures of the buildings around (pic 5) and then walked into Esplanadi…
Market Square just maybe a good place to begin or end your stroll on the Esplanade. Look for the brightly colored tent tops and you can't miss the market. This outdoor market just near the harbor is an excellent place to find local produce, fish and baked goods offered for sale by the friendly Finns. Smoked herring is one of the many favorites. At the market you'll also find crafts and souvenirs from the far north of Finland, known as Lappland. (Lappland was an optional but expensive shore excursion that would have been great to take!!)
If the weather isn't cooperating, have a look in the Market Hall where you will also find an excellent collection of produce and other goods as well as crafts/souvenirs and a nice atmosphere. Quite a nice place to experience and reminds me somewhat of Pike Place in Seattle, Washington, or the French Market in New Orleans.
At the edge of the market at the harbor you will find the ferries (Nordic Jet Line) which will sail you to the Estonian capital of Tallinn. (Thanks to JohntheFinn for the correct info here.)
Vanha Kauppahalli, the old market hall, is one of those classic market halls with little old wooden stalls. It is pretty small compared to its European counterparts or even Finnish ones like in Tampere. However, its original architectural style has been preserved. In some ways, it still looks like on its opening day back in 1889. Good place to buy local products at more reasonable prices than at the market square. Try things like fish specialities or Mustamakkara (blood sausage, although that's more a Tampere thing). If you are lucky, you may get discounts on fresh products towards the end of the day. Unfortunately, Vanha Kauppahalli's opening times are quite limited and prices for non-food souvenirs are exhorbitantly high.
Helsinki's market square has little of the classic romantic market squares you find all around Europe. First, it is not located between Cathedral and town hall, but directly at the seaside with the town hall and other important buildings such as the presidential palace, the Russian Orthodox church and a military fort separated at least from a street. Second, it is a mixture of traditional stalls and tourist-oriented stalls such as souvenir shops and somewhat overpriced food stalls which sell reindeer meat with lingonberry sauce for 10 EUR. That doesn't mean that I didn't buy it... Beside that, you will find other tourist-oriented offers such as people dressed as Santa Claus in summertime or boat tickets to nearby islands, including the ferries to Suomenlinna. The monument in the middle, bearing the two-headed eagle of Russia, was placed in hounour of the tsar's and the tsarina's in 1835. It consists mainly of a red granite obelisk and is known as the keisarinnankivi (tsarina's stone). The two-headed eagle and the globe it is sitting on were stolen by Russian sailors in 1917, but replaceed in the early 1970s.
It's a nice place if you are looking for souvenirs and a popular stop for anyone visiting Helsinki, but becoming a little too touristy. If you want to see the square with more locals than tourists, come early – the first market stalls are already open by 6:30 am.
Helsinki's Wanha Kauppahalli (Old Market Hall) and Kauppatori (Market Square) face each other near the harbour. They are excellent places to buy food, both fresh and prepared.
The Old Market Hall, which would be worth the detour if only for a photo shot, is like a permanent farmers' market. It also has some cafes and some take-out restaurants. It is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the Market Square you will find more local produce, handicraft and other souvenirs, as well as some food stands. The Market Square is open Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kauppatori is a central square that is hustling and bustling with life, market sellers and tourists. It runs along the busy harbour (look out for the small boats selling their wares) and it is from here that one can take a ferry to Suomenlina.
We Finns are shy and sometimes it's difficult to find a living Finn from our Towns :) and that is the reason this is one of my favorite places in Helsinki, here is Life!
You don't need to have anything in you shopping list, take a coffee or tea, eat a sausage, hot dog, salmon plate or just wander around and watch people. I think that there are many exotic issues here, fried salmon and white fish is my favorite but I see fancy dreams about that full-fat-meat-pie I have found only in Finland. Helsingin Toripojat (Market boys of Helsinki :) is one of the sellers, current price 2,50€ (and they even make the coffee with old way (not filtered).
Seasonal food, currently Finnish mushroom season is ongoing and you find those yellow and brown delicacies from many stalls (yellow and funnel chanterelle). And a new star has born, Pakurikääpä (parasite mushroom of birch tree) is sold on market also (expensive, 15€/100g).
Finnish berries (strawberry, blueberry and lingonberry) are currently for sale also,
When you walk a head you find the souvenir, T-Shirt, Reindeer leather, handicraft and knife sellers. Be careful if you are looking items by “Made in Finland”, ask the origin from clerks. My recommendation is on photos, definitely buy a Puukko and Kuksa (knife and wooden mug).
Don’t forget to visit Kauppahalli (Market Hall) , I write later a separate tip, the place is unique (like all Market halls in Finland, the best are in Helsinki, Kuopio and Tampere (in alphabetical order). Runner ups are Turku and Oulu (and this is only my opinion).