Shopping in Helsinki
As Scandinavia is known for its ice-cool interior design, visitors to Helsinki would be right to expect the city to boast some equally stylish shopping outlets. In the Finnish capital, shoppers will find luxury clothes and interior boutiques, international labels and vintage stores all within close distance of each other.
The best places to go shopping in HelsinkiShopping 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 Scandinavian boutiques and brands. Shoppers looking for antiques should definitely shop along the Bulevardi, while those looking to decorate their homes should try Fredrikinkatu and Korkeavuorenkatu.
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).
Helsinki has several city center shopping malls; the Kamppi, the Galleria Esplanad and the Tori Quarters. The Galleria Esplanad is said to be the place to shop and be seen shopping in Helsinki as it is part of a luxury complex and is home to a multitude of designer boutiques. The center spans an entire city block just north of Esplanadi Park and offers a diverse selection of brands and specialized shops. The Tori Quarters is the part of the city where the old town meets the buzz of the modern city. This quarter is packed full with interesting little shops, cafés and restaurants, pop-up stores and an independent cinema, they even have their own street festival.
Helsinki is said to have a strong flea market culture, its people love browsing for treasures, buying groceries and scoring bargains in the diverse markets. The most famous market is the open-air Kauppatori Market Square in the South Harbor, where you can find mouth-watering food, treats, traditional crafts and souvenirs. Only a 6-minute walk from our hotel is the Hietsu Flea Market at Hietalahti Square. The open-air market is open from May until September selling a wide variety of items from clothes and antiques to trinkets and vintage Finnish design goods.
It is easy to get to the capital's best shops and markets from the recently refurbished Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel in Helsinki. The city center is just a few minutes’ walk away or a quick tram ride or car journey away. The stylish urban design of the rooms and suites will be the perfect place to relax and unwind after a full day hunting for treasures.