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Helsinki has lots of interesting shops. The department stores are usually open from 9 or 10 am until 9 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays. Smaller stores close usually earlier. On Sundays all shops except some small grocery stores are closed - exceptions being summertime and December.
Stockmann, Aleksanterinkatu 52 B -Stockmann is the biggest and most favoured department store in Helsinki. It's got seven floors filled with departments of clothes, toys and sport equipment to mention a few.
Sokos, Mannerheimintie 9 -Sokos has always been Stockmann's main rival. It has pretty same collections as Stockmann, but you might find a little bit more from here. There's also a restaurant on the top of the building with cool views over Mannerheimintie.
Aleksi13, Aleksanterinkatu 13. A department store selling only clothes, shoes and accessories for men and women. A restaurant on the 5th floor, and a cafe downstairs. Has some clothing not so readily available elsewhere.
Forum, Mannerheimintie 20 A -Forum has lots of small shops, so it's kind of a mall. It's really popular among Helsinkians. It even has a food court downstairs. This is one of the best shopping places in the city.
Kamppi, a big, six-floored shopping centre located directly above the subway station "Kamppi" and contains also a bus terminal in the ground floor. This is the newest of shopping centres in Helsinki and contains a lot of shops, cafes, restaurants, a night club (Lux) in the top floor, and a bowling hall! More information in http://www.kamppi.fi/
Kämp Gallery is a smaller shopping centre, size of one block, focused more on luxury goods. There is, for example, Marimekko's main store.
Itäkeskus, located in the eastern part of Helsinki, is a huge shopping centre. You can get there easily by subway (station "Itäkeskus"). There is also a smaller Stockmann department store.
Arabia centre, Hämeentie135. A small shopping centre that contains shops selling, for example, Iittala, Arabia, Hackman and Pentik design products - also II and III grade (which means a lot cheaper price). You can get there from the city centre by tram number 6, or buses 68, 71, 74. If you need design glassware or kitchenware at lower price than in city centre's boutiques, this is the place to go!
Kiseleff's house, by the Senate square. Handicrafts, for example jewellery, art, glass, clothes etc., in a historical house. There is also a cafe. If you need souvenirs, other than the typical "tourist T-shirts", visit this place.
Upstairs of the Hakaniemi Market Hall Little stalls of this and that. Some interesting handicrafts shops, Marimekko, toy shop, card shop etc. The upstairs of the Hakaniemi Market Hall has a reputation for being a place to make finds. Shop keepers are very keen to offer things not readily available elsewhere. While there, check out downstairs for great food.
Aero, Yrjönkatu 8 -This small design shop across Diana Park, has a wonderful mix of Finnish and International design in all forms. Good service! This is the place in Helsinki if you're looking for cool chairs or lamps or anything in between.
Design Forum Finland Shop, Erottajankatu 7 -Here you can find Finnish designers new products and new designers' items. There's also a café with delicious chocolate cake!
Iittala, Pohjoisesplanadi 25 -This is Finnish Design at it's best. Come here for the awesome glasses and vases for example. Since this is Iittala's flagship store, you can find almost everything they've got to sell right here.
Marimekko, Kämp Galleria, Pohjoisesplanadi 13 -Marimekko represents Finnish talent in designing. You'll love the colourful prints and you probably won't leave this store without buying something.
Helsinki 10, Eerikinkatu 13. Design products of young Finnish designers - interesting and unique pieces of e.g. clothing and accessories. The store also sells quality vintage products. The shop, which advertises itself as a "lifestyle department store" is a must see for a trendy traveller.
Kalevala Jewellery, Unioninkatu 25. Finnish jewellery design, both old (jewellry models are based on ancient treasure finds) and modern. Kalevara jewellery is also sold in other shops, but in this particular shop there are also national costumes on display, and they also have high quality arts and crafts products. The shop is located near the Senate square, in the same block where "Kiseleff's house" is located.
Design District Helsinki will take you to lovely little boutiques and design shops that make Helsinki famous.
Also some information of design shops in Helsinki can be found at Shopping in Helsinki
Union Five, Kamppi shopping complex, highest floor -This is one of the best streetwear shops in Helsinki. It has some Finnish brands besides big American brands like Element, Vans, Volcom, Adidas and DC. Pay attention to the brand CTRL, it's really popular in Finland at the moment and making a breakthrough internationally aswell. www.unionfive.fi
One Way, - Part of the Stockmann department store but on the other side of the street, One Way has a great selection of both girls' and boys' streetwear.Variety, Variety second hand & vintage is a men's premium vintage shop specializing in sportswear, workwear and university stuff. Some small americana antiques available as well. Unique location in one of the oldest brick buildings in the city Variety brings an american twist to the street fashion of Helsinki. www.varietysecondhand.com
Hietalahti market The most famous and possibly oldest flea market. Many Finns go to the flea market to sell their goods every year in the summer, so look out for great bargains. Plenty of semi-professional peddlers of Russian ware as well.
Valtteri the fleamarket in Vallila has been closed. New premises are being searched till now. Dec 2012.
Fida Second Hand store, Lönnrotinkatu 4. Good quality second hand clothes, vintage, Finnish design, some antique furniture.
Soul Vintage store, Helsinginkatu 6, Second hand clothes, vintage furnitures and they also make really good coffee!
Lisn Tarkk´ampujankatu by end stop of tram 10 (near crossroads with Korkeavuorenkatu). Only Lisn shop outside Japan, sells very high quality Japanese incents.