As Scandinavia is known for its ice-cool interior design, guests to the city of Helsinki would be right to expect the Finnish capital to boast some equally stylish shopping outlets. In Helsinki, shoppers will find luxury clothes and interior boutiques, international labels and vintage stores all rubbing shoulders.
Where to go shopping in Helsinki:
Shopping Streets: Helsinki's principal shopping streets are the Mannerheimintie, Aleksanterinkatu, Korkeavuorenkatu, Fredrikinkatu and Bulevardi. On each of these streets visitors will find a mix of international high street outlets as well as smaller Scandic boutiques. Shoppers looking for antiques though should definitely shop along the Bulevardi, while those looking to decorate their homes should try Fredrikinkatu and Korkeavuorenkatu.
Department Stores: Helsinki is home to Finland's largest department stores, most notably Stockmanns (on the Aleksanterinkatu), Sokos (on the Mannerheimintie) and Aleksi 13 (on the Aleksanterinkatu). Shoppers will also find Verkkokauppa - Europe's largest home electronics store and the location of Lego World - in Helsinki city centre.
Shopping Centres: Helsinki has three city centre shopping malls: the Kamppi, the Kamp Gallery and Kieseleff house. The Kamp Gallery is said to be the place to shop and be seen shopping in Helsinki as it is part of a luxury hotel complex and is home to designer boutiques.
Getting to the shops from the Radisson Blu Seaside Helsinki, Hotel
It is easy to get to the capital's best shops from the Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki. The city centre is just a 30 minute walk, 15 minute tram ride or 8 minute car journey away.