Monday, June 23, 2014

Shopping in Helsinki

Marimekko campaign
Yellow ones, violet ones, turquoise ones, red ones, blue ones... Purses, handbags and weekend bags...It's impossible to choose from the amazing selection at Lumi Accessories! This Finish brand's newest outlet can be found in the Tori Qurter next to Senate Square where many other design brands have recently opened boutiques. The Tori Quarter also hosts a wide variety of events, so keep your eyes and ears open when you go shopping!

Kluuvi Shopping Center
When hunting for classic and contemporary Finish design, there is no shortage of shops in Helsinki. Marimekko is always popular, and the brands has recently updated its outlets and opened new ones. The smallest of them all, Marikiska, is a also the most fun. Among all the bright and colorful design products you will also find a  huge selection of cool clothing. Check out the creations of Vuokko Nurmesniemi, the grand old lady of Finnish design, at the Vuokko shop, or try on some of new designs by Samu-jussi Koski in the Samuji shop. The leading Finnish design brands, such as littala, Arabia, Artek and Finlayson, all have their flagship stores along the Esplanade, making it easy to shop for all you gifts and souvenirs.
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Design Forum Finland also sells a wide selection of Finish design products, while Taito Shop Helsky is specialized in Finnish handicrafts. Check out the gorgeous rugs!
If you work up an appetite while shopping, head for Kluuvi Shopping Center or Lasipalatsi, where the Eat & Joy Farmers Market sells delicious local and organic food from more than 500 small producers across Finland. You could even buy some sparkling spruce shoot juice, artisan chocolates or berry jams to take home with you.

The luxurious Stockman department store and the major shopping malls of Kampi, Forum and Galleria Esplanad can all be found right in the heart of the city center.  Popular shopping  streets include Aleksanterinkatu, Korkeavuorenkatu, Fredrikinkatu and the two Esplanadi streets. The Market Square and the Hietaniemi Market Hall are real treasure troves for those looking for culinary delights and little presents to take back home.

Pure Shop
Helsinki is the definitive design city, and has even had the honor of serving as the World Design Capital during 2012. World famous Finnish design from past masters to tomorrow's heroes can be found for example at the Design District area which consists of nearly 200 members including design shops, galleries, museums and restaurants. In the heart of the area is the Design Forum Finland, Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture.
Remember to roam around the Tori Quarters - the neoclassical city blocks of the old city center - that have recently been revitalized by a number of new design and craft shops and inviting restaurants.

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