Shops and markets in Helsinki
The proportion of tourists visiting the capital of Finland just for the sake of shopping is very high. There is more choice of goods here, the quality is higher than in Russia. As for prices, they are among the highest in Europe. Nevertheless, in the season of discounts, prices become very tempting for Russians. Buyers do not lose sight of the fact that Helsinki is located much closer and cheaper to get to than to many European cities. Mass discounts are available at Christmas time from the end of December, as well as from the end of June after Midsummer's Day or, otherwise, Johannus Day.
The range of purchases is very wide: from medicines and household chemicals to spare parts for cars, not to mention comfortable Finnish clothes..
Finnish design with its bright and simple prints, clean lines appeals to many. People tend to visit the Design Quarter in Helsinki to decorate their home or office, diversify their wardrobe, buy Finnish jewelry or costume jewelry. You can get ideas here by combining boutique shopping with visits to galleries, antique salons, museums. The quarter is located in the city center, near the Dianapuisto Park towards Kaartinkaupunki, Kamppi, Punavuori and Ullanlinna streets.
In order to buy many different types of goods at once in a short time, tourists go to shopping centers. Here you can combine shopping with entertainment. Do not forget to apply for a tax-free, this can be done in most shopping centers in Finland.
- Stockman Department Store - the largest in Finland, as befits its rank, is located in the city center. Here you can buy fashionable clothes, the latest developments in electronics, Finnish products of the highest quality. The department store has Argos Hall, where fashion shows and exhibitions are held for guests of the city..
- At the entrances to the city along the highways there are many shopping centers - Bauhaus Gigantti, Jumbo, etc. The prices in them are lower than in the center.
- MPH Fashion Outlet City - Find last year's collections by Guess, Guess by Marciano, Nike, Colmar, Liu Jo and Calvin Klein.
- For a not too thick wallet, supermarkets such as Robinhood (clothes, shoes, cosmetics, household chemicals, tools), Lidl (Finnish products and everything else a little bit), Tarjoustalo, Rajatalo.
If you know for sure the object of your shopping hunt, then it is better to go to the store at the factory where it is produced. They offer products with minimal trade margins. These can be both ordinary goods of the current season, and goods of past years, or with small scratches, chips, puffs. There are many of them in Helsinki.
- Aarikka is a family business that makes handmade jewelry and small things for the home.
- Finlayson - home textiles and bedding.
- Kalevala Koru & Lapponia Jewel - jewelry.
- Marimekko - textiles, clothing, tableware, accessories with branded bright geometric or floral prints.
- Pentik - interior items: ceramics, textiles, furniture.
- Hakaniemen kauppahalli is a large food market in Helsinki. Part of the market is under the roof of the pavilion, and part is outdoors. In the pavilion on the ground floor, you will find high-quality and expensive Finnish products (fish, meat, vegetables). The market has a special psychological climate, often buyers and sellers have known each other for several generations. In the clothes of an amateur gardener and with a village basket in hand, a local millionaire can buy cheese or coffee for breakfast here. The second floor is dedicated to Finnish souvenirs. Here you can buy both handcrafted and Marimekko products..
- Kauppatori is a favorite tourist destination. You can go to this market to get acquainted with the inhabitants of the northern seas and taste them. Seafood is always sold here, and the rest of the assortment depends on the season. In the fall, the Herring Festival is held here, which is brought from all over the country, in the summer there are a lot of peas, the Finns honor it like we do seeds, and in December a Christmas market opens here..