Helsinki is Finland’s capital city, a small town with only approx. 600 000 people. I don’t consider Helsinki a place for shopping. It does have many nice shops and Finnish design is quite well known abroad. However, I don’t do much shopping in Helsinki. I find stores in Finland pretty boring and therefore I did much shopping from Internet, when living in Finland.
But when it comes to Finnish design or brand shops, I still know that many tourists like to shop here. Finnish style is very pure and simple.
So if you do want to shop here, where to go? Aleksanterinkatu is the main shopping street in Helsinki.
In the corner of Mannerheimintie and Aleksanterinkatu is the most famous and most popular department store – Stockmann. Stockmann is also my favourite place to shop. I prefer to go shopping one place rather than run around in different stores. I would say this is the place to shop in Helsinki!
Other shopping street is Esplanadi. In there you can find many Finnish design shops and some nice cafeterias.
Aarikka – Wooden jewelry and home decoration. Not my style.
Finlayson – A Finnish textile manufacturer. You can buy many nice sheets with moomin characters. Their collection is a bit too retro for my taste. Many Finnish people like retro style, which I find just awful.
Kalevala – A jewelry brand. I had their jewelry in the 90’s, when they were very popular. Don’t want to wear them anymore.
Artek – Furniture company. Not my style.
And then last and definitely least is Marimekko. This is the brand many Finnish love and I dislike. Especially Poppy design is something I hate. For some reason this is the most popular design among the people. I can do stripes and solid colours but poppy, no way, NEVER! Sorry, if you are a big fan of Poppy.
I enjoyed my walk in Helsinki yesterday. The weather was sunny and pretty warm. Helsinki is beautiful especially in summer.
But Helsinki is much more than shopping…