Shopping in Helsinki
Helsinki offers an extensive choice of outlets with first-class commodity – from large and well-organized moll to tiny stores for every taste. Small shopping points usually work on weekdays from 9:00 to 18:00, on Saturdays – from 9:00 to 13: 00-14: 00, Deli are often open and Sunday. Large stores, according to the 2009 law, have the right to work on Sundays from 12:00 to 18:00, and during the Christmas decade – until 21:00. On holidays, they are closed, and in pre-holidays – work on abbreviated schedule. Daily demand shops less than 400 kV. Meters can independently choose the mode, so often open on Sundays and even around the clock.
The main shopping streets in Helsinki are Mannerheimintie (major department stores Helsinki 10, Kamppi Center, Stockmann, Sokos and Forum are concentrated here, and the famous center of ceramics and household utensils Pentik), Aleksanterinkatu (mainly jewelry and shoe stores, as well as a large Kluuvi shopping center) , Etelaesplanadi and PohjoiseSplanadi (Finnish designer products), Korkeavuorenkatu, Fredrikinkatu (large design and interior boutiques) and Bulevardi (antique and artistic products).
Shops in Helsinki
The main address that each shopaholic should be born, departing in Helsinki – Aleksanterinkatu. On this not very long street, stores of major local and international brands of various price categories are concentrated: H&M, Vero Moda, Superdry, Lindex, Dressmann, Mango and many others.
On the same street and in its surroundings there are department stores: the largest in the countries of Northern Europe Stockmann, the Kluuvi shopping center, within walking distance from this street near the train station you are waiting for a variety of Malls forum, Kampi.
To whom and this is not enough, you can make a 15-minute trip to the metro station to Itäkeskus and visit the largest Mall ITIS in Scandinavia, which united under one roof more than 120 stores and 15 restaurants.
For useful practitioners-specimens of Finnish design in Helsinki We recommend going to the Esplanada area (Esplanada) and look at Marimekko, Arabia, Littala, Finlayson, Artek. There are also ready to spend indecent amounts waiting for expensive foreign brands – Luis Vuitton, Furla and others. If the time allows you to carefully look at the design boutiques of the Punavuori district (Punavuori). Also deserve close attention Design Forum Finland In the area of Punavouri (Erottajankatu, 7).
The connoisseurs of antiques will find themselves in the metropolitan area of Kruununhak (Kruununhaka), and pleasant vintage things are waiting for buyers in the shops of Bohemian District (Kallio) and Arabia (Arabia).
Fantastic selection of electronics is waiting for you in Europe’s largest store technology VerkkokaUppa (in the Helsinki district Jätkäsaari) or in its branches in other cities of the country.
For products, you can go to the Network Supermarkets of Prizma, Lidl, Alepa, Siwa, K-Market, S-Market and others, which are throughout the country. However, wines, strong alcohol and in general any alcoholic beverages tight 4.5 degrees you will not find there – they will have to go to Network stores Alko.
Sale in Helsinki
Twice a year, after Christmas (December 25) and Ivanov of the day (the first Saturday, after June 19), large sales are started in Finland, denoted by ALE transparencies ("discount") In the shop windows. During this period, many products discount reaches 50-70%. In addition, each major department store spends several times a year of its own events of this kind – the markdown here may be not so great, but it is also very significant. Also, in almost every store, a certain group of goods is necessarily sold at a special price – for them there is a separate section or a rack, equipped with an ALE sign ("discount"), Tarjous ("offer"), Loyto ("Nakhodka") etc. Terms and conditions of the Promotion can usually be found on the website of the store.
Markets in Helsinki
It is not accepted to bargain in Finland, however, you can try to ask the seller slightly reduced the price. The most popular market in the capital, who does not pass a single tourist, is located on shopping area (KAUPPATORI) in the southern port. There you can buy local traditional products, souvenirs.
The biggest and interesting market in Helsinki is undoubtedly adjusted Kauppatori, specializing in seasonal Finnish products, souvenirs and products of folk-applied fishers, as well as lying north of the Bay of Teoper indoor Hakaniemi Market Hall (Hameentie, 1A). At the end of one of the most interesting shopping streets of the city Bulevardi You can detect the bazaar Hietalahti, specializing in antiques, artistic and handicrafts (closed on Sundays) with numerous shops of the same topics around. And since the summer of 2014, in the capital, finally, will open after the reconstruction and the old indoor market (Vanha Kauppahalli) in the southern port.
For farm organic products it is worth going to the complex "Therastamo" (Teurastamo) in the Calasatam area, where the stores of Finnish delicacies are open and food fairs are held regularly. In the same place, you will see a lot of restaurants in which the cooks create their dishes from the eco-products sold next door.
Especially for those who love vintage things, over all of Finland constantly act more semi-thousand flea markets. Attend such places is better in the summer when the sellers are larger and the range is wider. For example, among the most popular bazaars Helsinki giant year-round Valtteri, Hietalahti, a weekend market at an ice stadium (on Nordenskiöldinkatu), in Dalpénpuisto and Pengerpuisto parks in Kallio (Kallio). Urban flea market Imatran City-Kirppis in Imatre and Euro-Kirppis in Lappeenranta are especially popular with ours, as it is close to the border.
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