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Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)

Pohjoisesplanadi 39, Helsinki 00100, Finland (Vironniemi)
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Ranked #1 of 53 Shopping in Helsinki
Type: Specialty Shops
Activities: Shopping
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Great bookstore with a really good selection of English books. I bought five! :) Good location, friendly employees, fair prices.

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Paris, France
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A landmark in Helsinki, linked to the wonderful department store Stockmann, Academic book store proved a dream of a bookstore. Great variety of books in several languages and genres. Don't miss out the elegant Café Aalto in the second floor, it is worth a visit. In a city dominated by self-service cafés, it is a treat to sit down and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I was after a particular subject but in English so probably not as successful a search as I could have had. There are plenty of interesting books but I wanted a book on Suomenlinna which is such a feature of Helsinki, and in English, but more from a historical view than tourist literature. The staff could suggest where I look... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Lovely place to visit-- even if it's to look at the architecture and have a quick breakfast in the cafe!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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11 helpful votes 11 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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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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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
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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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