• Kamppi shopping centre. Photo: Comma Image Oy
  • Finnish design. Photo: Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Centre
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Shopping

Helsinki is a paradise for shopaholics with any number of unique boutiques and larger shopping emporia. World-famous Finnish design is particularly popular. Design icon Marimekko has several outlets in the city selling fresh and colourful products from clothing and accessories to household items. Vuokko Nurmesniemi’s clothing creations are similarly appealing. Young Finnish fashion designers are also thriving, creating unique outfits that can often be found only in Helsinki. Check out, for example, the timeless designs by Samu-Jussi Koski in the Samuji shop. Other names worth looking for are Ilona Hyötyläinen at the Miun Shop, Paola Suhonen of IvanaHelsinki fame and Tiia Vanhatapio.

Lumi Accessories sells bags in all the colours of the rainbow. The brand’s newest outlet is in the Tori Quarter by Senate Square, where many designer brands have opened boutiques recently.

Iittala, Arabia, Artek and Finlayson are all giants of Finnish design that are represented along the Esplanade. Popular products include Finnish art glass, orange Fiskars scissors and Alvar Aalto vases. Lots more Finnish design can be found in the Design District, where you will also find the Design Forum Finland. Taito Shop Helsky sells the highest quality Finnish handicrafts, including woollen mittens and linen textiles.

Helsinki’s shopping centres are perfect for getting a lot of shopping done quickly. Both Kamppi and Foorum in the city centre offer a wide range of modern shops and reasonably priced restaurants, Kiseleff House in the Tori Quarter has smaller boutiques and handicrafts shops, Galleria Esplanade has many international brands, and Kluuvi has numerous clothing stores. Outside the centre, the largest shopping centre in the Nordic region can be found in Itäkeskus.

Among Helsinki’s department stores, the most legendary is Stockmann, which sells a comprehensive range of goods from books and clothing to interior design, electronics and cosmetics. The main shopping streets are Aleksanterinkatu, Eerikinkatu, Fredrikinkatu, Uudenmaankatu and Esplanadi.

For the best food, head for the Eat&Joy Farmers Market, which sells local and organic food from small producers. The market halls in Hakaniemi and Hietaniemi are also great places to buy delicacies. The stalls in the Market Square and Hakaniemi Market sell everything from traditional market food to handicrafts and souvenirs.

Hietaniemi Flea Market is also extremely popular in summertime. The locals gather at the market to buy and sell everything from interior design to clothing and furniture.