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 largest bookstores in the Nordic countries, with several floors, and books in several languages. You can easily spend hours browsing the selection and admiring the beauty of the building. The second floor small cafe Aalto is excellent, one of my absolute favorites in Helsinki. The cafe has original Aalto furnishings, interesting and chatty culture vulture clientele, table service, good coffee, large selection of delicious sweet and savoury snacks and light lunch options, always fresh and tasty!
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