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Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)

Pohjoisesplanadi 39, Helsinki 00100, Finland (Vironniemi)
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Ranked #1 of 50 shopping in Helsinki
Type: Specialty Shops
Activities: Shopping
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Istanbul, Turkey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Great selection of English books and very helpful staff. I was especially impressed by the variety of comics they carry in English.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Great range of English language books, very helpful staff and stylish coffee shop. Enjoy getting lost for an aftermoon!

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Miami, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This multi-story bookstore is amazing. Better selection of English-language books that most bookstores in the U.S. Great for browsing; nice café as well, in a historic building on the Esplanade.

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El Jadida, Morocco
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

This place is a better bookshop for English speakers than WH Smith! There's so much to see and do in Helsinki that it seems odd to recommend a bookshop, but this is a "must see" and "must visit"!

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South Wingfield, United Kingdom
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

An excellent bookshop, which I visit every time I am in Helsinki. I always emerge with something never seen before, and it gets difficult if I make multiple trips due to the baggage allowance. Of course, I don't understand a word of the books in Finnish....

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New York City, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

My son requested me to find a certain book of Finland's culture and my hotel suggested me to go to Academic Bookstore. Well this place except its beauty it is not compared to anything with its variety of books. I am glad that i found the book for my son's project in his school. Also the coffee shop inside is... More

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Oslo, Norway
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I was looking for a book on Finland's history in English. Found many and was surprised by the great selection of English literature.

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Helsinki, Finland
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15 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Academic bookshop designed by the iconic Finnish architect Alvar Aalto in the 1960s is an architectural gem on white marble in the corner of Northern Esplanade (Pohjoisesplanadi) and Keskuskatu street in the very heart of the city, (see http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Academic_Bookshop.html). It is a must for all architecture and book lovers. It is the best bookstore in Helsinki and one of the... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

The atmosphere is something special and Cafe Aalto inside the shop is a perfect meeting place. Books in many languages and the personnel is really professional ( they speak most of the european languages i guess - and you will get the help you need) Easy to find in the city centre. Surprisingly many japanese tourists are visiting - probably... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

Me and my husband spent over 3½ hours here on our weekendtrip to Helsinki. Ok, we are book lovers, but it is really a good bookstore.

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