The Kauppatori Market
The traditional home of both vibrant commerce and socializing, the Kauppatori open-air market, also known as Helsinki Market Square, is held in the eastern harbor of central Helsinki near Esplanadi Park. It’s one of the city’s most famous markets and during the summer months it draws thousands of people each day. If the weather permits it, the market will also stay open during the winter months, with a heated café tent where you can warm up with a cup of something hot.
Explore Helsinki’s market squareVisit the Kauppatori market to buy fresh local produce from farmers and pick up souvenirs from local craftsmen while enjoying the scenic backdrop of the Baltic Sea. Shoppers can find all manner of market goods, such as vegetables or fish. In October you can catch a special festival here, where they pick up seasoned fish and other specialties from the seafarers.
Sample Finnish cuisineThe market’s food stalls are some of the best places in Helsinki to sample Finnish cuisine, from traditional treats to reindeer meatballs, grilled meats and salmon soup. The various stalls are usually buzzing from early in the morning and into the afternoon with people wanting to grab a bite or getting fresh ingredients for home cooking. The ferry to the Suomenlinna island fortress is conveniently located nearby, ready to take you out to this historic UNESCO-listed site.
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