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Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)

Open today: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Aalto details simple and joyful

My wife and I are architects on a journey visiting a number of Aalto buildings. This bookshop is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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Excellent collection of books

Fiction or non-fiction, you will probably find it here! I love roaming around the shop, exploring... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My wife and I are architects on a journey visiting a number of Aalto buildings. This bookshop is worth a visit, simple exterior and a lovely big space inside, beautiful skylights and cafe. Definitely worth a visit. Also note 2 doors sling the street ruatatalo...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a big Chapter's? Not sure why listed as an attraction, no historic building or anything of note. Just a bookstore.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fiction or non-fiction, you will probably find it here! I love roaming around the shop, exploring the different titles and enjoy the atmosphere. The only negative is the high prices.

Thank September D
Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

I read somewhere on Internet that Academic Bookstore is the largest bookshop in Northern Europe. Don't know if it's true. Even if you aren't into books, the architecture by Alvar Aalto plus the cafe on the second floor already make the place worth visiting. The...More

Thank Egon70
Reviewed February 25, 2018

Akateeminen kirjakauppa used to be amazing, but now it's just okay, nothing special. However, still maybe the best in Helsinki and a must-see for book-lovers. The very best thing about it, though, is the lovely cafe on 2nd floor with original Alvar Aalto furniture and...More

Thank lmsk2014
Reviewed December 26, 2017

I was in town for a few hours and visited this great bookstore. I would have liked to spend some more time, because they really have a lot of nice books I haven't seen anywhere else.

Thank Bianca R
Reviewed December 22, 2017

Her you can find new papers from different corners of the world and like wise when it comes to books in different languages, the range is quite big. They also serve you in different languages. Go in and have look for yourself. On the second...More

Thank Nina K
Reviewed October 21, 2017

This bookstore is an amazing place, located in center of Helsinki, near the important shops/shopping centers. You can spend hours here, if you are a book lover, even those who are not will enjoy the time here. The atmosphere is wonderful. Even though the most...More

Thank Oprea M
Reviewed October 2, 2017

situation next to warehouse stocmann in hearth of helsinki.very good in international newspapers and maps etc wisit cafe in 2 floor just for alvar aalto design .not the ceapest but anyway the best

Thank tomi725
Reviewed August 5, 2017

I had a whole day of activities planned for my last day in Helsinki. I decided to blow them off to spend a couple of hours in this bookshop. I have no regrets. This store is AWESOME. Keep in mind that I have a Honours...More

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