Old Market Hall
Old Market Hall
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksFlea & Street Markets
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • ruthandvern
    Wilton, California16,033 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    1889 to now, still active
    As we were walking around the harbor area and saw this building it was such a draw, the size is large with no real indication what's inside. There are two aisles front to back with stalls on both sides of each aisle. All kinds of goods are available for purchase, from Caviar to beer.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad5,584 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful outside tasty food inside
    The old market is located close to the ferry harbour; the ferry that goes to Suomenlinna Fortess. The market has many food stalls selling just about everything going inside. Outside the perimeter I also saw lots of food stalls selling lots of fish dishes among other things. The entire area is lively and caters especially for those on budget. Helsinki is expensive so it's a good place to purchase meals whilst vsiting the city.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Brittany_11_10
    Los Angeles, California1,733 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good vendors, a bit crowded
    Lovely food hall with a variety of vendors and eateries selling an assortment of eats, treats, and drinks. The vendors we encountered were friendly, and the prices for goods were what you'd expect in Helsinki (high! But no higher than elsewhere in the city). The only downside is that it's on the smaller side, so if you go when it's busy (say, around lunchtime), it can be crowded and have no open seating at any of the restaurants. The upside is that it's right near the water, so if you grab a bite to go, you can enjoy it near the water.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Werner W
    Zurich, Switzerland903 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice and traditional
    You can find this kind of market halls in a lot of European city. However, they are always nice. The one in Helsinki is not that big but very nice from the inside. We found a place here to have breakfast every morning during our trip to Helsinki.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California4,174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Venue
    Definitely stop in after your cruise to the Fortress island. A wide variety of coffee, bakeries and deli offerings, you’ll find a lot of repeats as you walk down the two rows of offerings. Great old building, interesting vendors, nice place to sit, relax, and watch the people.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • babyatlas1
    Salt Lake City, Utah79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely give it a walk through.
    This was a great place to visit. Various market style stalls with fresh fish/meats, cafes, wine and restaurants. It only takes about 10 minutes to walk through unless you are tempted to try some treats and do some shopping. We stopped at that Scandinavian Cafe for coffee and a pastry which was really good. Stopped later in the day for gelato - also excellent.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 5, 2024
  • 367sandcastle
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Helsinki market experience
    Really interesting first experience in Helsinki and visiting the old market hall. I was grateful that it was indoors and warm. I had a great smothered reindeer meat baked potato and the lady who owned the stall brought me a little extra treat, she was so lovely and kind. From another stall I enjoyed salmon soup but I was disappointed that it was served with a slice of white bread despite the owners being Slavic. Another nearby shop selling a similar soup served dark bread, so I felt a made a bad choice... I'm just fussy about bread, there was nothing wrong with the salmon soup. There is a liquor shop in there where the prices are pretty reasonable considering the high alcohol taxes in Finland, and I bought two bottles of really delicious cloudberry liqueur. It's a touristy market so complaints about prices are kind of silly, of course it's going to be more expensive than a place frequented by locals. I found the overall atmosphere and set up to be very Finnish, woodsy and warm, a place to beat the cold and fill your stomach, maybe buy some jam or jerky and a bottle of something to warm up the soul as well. Lovely vendors, good location, beautiful design and structure.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 5, 2024
  • Jamie B
    Hawley, Pennsylvania494 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for lunch and dessert!
    We came here 3 times for lunch AND dessert, not to mention some shopping. There are places with delicious soups and there is enough variety at the different locations for everyone. It can get pretty busy and depending on the time it can be fast or slow service wise. It is small and you don’t need to allow much time for a visit. The bathrooms are tiny, but they exist at no extra charge.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 12, 2024
  • Barbs25
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom3,598 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely market
    Really nice good options here and well priced. Good place to try the local meat and fish all very fresh. Nicely decorated with wooden stalls, enjoyed wandering and snacking!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 3, 2024
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Maxtrap
Seattle, WA220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Salmon Soup at the Soup Kitchen was so good I actually salivate when thinking about it. We loved this place. We walked past twice so we could view everything that was available, used the warm clean restrooms at the near end of the market, bought some wonderful dish towels at the far end of the market, and finally stopped at the Soup Kitchen. Our decision was based on the wonderful scent and comfortable vibe. The “bar” seating is quite comfortable, the bread and olive oil waiting for you is incredibly good. Even the water in the pitcher was worth mentioning. We had not been “lost in the desert”, the meal was really that enjoyable. The perfect temperature salmon soup with potatoes was elegantly spiced and richly supplied with delicious salmon chunks that had spent ample time in the broth so there were no clashing tastes. Humor me when I say the soup was an orchestral celebration of gastronomic artistry.
The market was very fun, the Soup Kitchen is a Finlandish treasure.
Written February 17, 2020
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Alexa C
Sunnyvale, California199 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Representative of Finnish food and it's an easy bus/tram ride. We came here twice on our trip. First time we arrived around 5:30pm and it was too late for most of the places. In the center of the food hall there is a good coffee bar and place serving more modern cuisine.
What we wanted to go to was the soup stall. Unfortunately they close when they sell out. We settled fro the food place across the hall and had some meat pies and salmon soup.
The next day we came by around 3pm and the soup restaurant still had soup. The bowls looked steaming hot and full but we were too full to eat it.
Go for the experience of walking through the old food hall, but don't expect amazing food options.
Written May 7, 2020
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Toby L
Calne, UK411 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Reindeer spring rolls, bear in a can, reindeer soup, cakes, coffee and caviar

Honestly there was so much choice and such amazing food on display... but be warned, this is a tourist hot spot and many of the delicacies will be cheaper elsewhere.

But somethings are too good not to miss.

Head to the caviar stall, where you can try some of the real high life for €5 for 2 little tastes of caviar... avoid the €2900 a kilo price tag.

Or reindeer spring rolls, the fusion food we didn’t know we needed!
Written February 29, 2020
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yss97
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,854 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It’s not a big market, some food stalls and some eateries, together with the original site of Robert’s Cafe, the original coffee chain of Finland. The specialty soup to try is salmon soup, which is worth a try if you can get a seat in any of the cafes at lunch time. Reindeer meet is also available. Worth a walk through.
Written February 29, 2020
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OliwaVasicek
London, UK575 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Helsinki has a few of these market halls (kauppahalli) but this is my favourite (mostly because it's the closest to my flat!). Very quaint on the interior, with a very diverse combination of shops, including one of the best Helsinki butchers, the best fishmongers, and a range of delicatessens, cafes and restaurants. It does tend to get thronged with tourists which can be a little maddening when you are a local actually trying to do your grocery shopping here, but that's all part of the charm.
Written October 1, 2020
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AngloItalian78
Aylesbury, UK549 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
This was quite disappointing in the end.
From the outside, it is a pretty building and we were excited to enter.
However, on going in, we found quite a few stalls empty or closed. Of those that were open, the food on offer was an interesting mix but not many authentic Finnish stands and the prices were super high for “market” food and didn’t seem like good value.
Overall, can’t really recommend until the selection of stalls improves and the pricing represents fairer value for the size and quality of portions you get.
Written February 28, 2023
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FiftyFifty5050
Montgomery, UK862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We loved this place; a long, long, low building on the southern harbour and close to the open market and market boats.

Thank goodness they have resisted the temptation to rip out the old wooden units inside in favour of a more modern interior, because it gives the place so much atmosphere.

I am sure that locals must regard this as something of a tourist trap but, going as a tourist, I completely fell for it's charm. Lots of places to eat, from coffee and cake to sandwich to full blown lunch and food sellers too.

A good photo opportunity and just a nice place for a wander.
Written October 16, 2020
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VinnieLondon
Doha, Qatar12,808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Down by the quayside and at the end of the central esplanade this 100 plus year old market definitely worth a stop for lunch or mid morning/afternoon snackettes. Some superb traditional seafood stalls to buy delicious fresh salmon and seafood treats. No entrance fee ..also lots of other Nationally food produce both hot and cold as well as hot and alcoholic drinks. Really old fashioned wooden cubicle restrooms on site. Tried a number of the salmon canapé type snacks..all delicious. Number of stalls also sell famous Runebergin Torttu (Almond, Arrak, Jam, icing spongecake) named after famous Finnish poet..nice with a coffee. Good place for a stop on a Helsinki tour/visit.
Written February 9, 2020
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sptor
Klaipeda, Lithuania95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Title of a review sums it up pretty well. Small market hall to walk through and look around but not much more. Yes I know it has many shops with traditional (and not so traditional) Finnish food, but unfortunately for most case those are tourist traps price-wise as this is the as much tourist location as it much can get for Helsinki - I've been fallen to this almost 20 years ago on the first visit, but never again so far. You either get better quality food/more authentic experience for same price, or get same quality level cheaper somewhere else.
Written July 4, 2020
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SageofDubai
Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I was taken aback by how clean and well organized the place was. The food selection was exceptional especially the salmon selection. By the way, did you know that you can get canned bear meat there? Not something I would indulge but there you have it.
Written September 19, 2020
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