Shops in Helsinki are open on weekdays from 9:00 to 18:00 (some large shopping centers close later – at 20:00-21:00), and on Saturdays from 9:00 to 14:00-15:00 (large malls – until 18:00). On Sundays and holidays, everything is closed, except for small convenience stores and gas station shops. Since 2008, according to the decision of the Finnish government, it is also allowed to trade on Sundays and public holidays. However, this is precisely the right of each store or distribution network, and not its responsibility.
There are two sales in Helsinki, as well as in all of Europe – winter and summer. Winter season starts after Christmas (December 24-26, shops are closed) and lasts about a month. The summer sale starts before the Juhannus holiday, on the first Saturday of the twentieth of June.
Discounts during the sales period traditionally reach 50-70%. Some stores promise up to 90%, but in reality this almost never happens, except for the most slow-moving sizes. Individual retail chains sometimes arrange additional off-season sales. For example, the Stockmann chain reduces prices twice a year: in April and October. The Sokos department store chain also holds extraordinary sales twice a year, each year these dates vary.
What to bring from Helsinki
- Sportswear and thermal underwear;
- casual clothing from local brands Halonen, Vero Moda (women's clothing), Jack & Jones (inexpensive youth brand), Rukka (children's clothing) and Kuoma (shoes made of a special lightweight material);
- down jackets and other winter clothes;
- fish, cheese, chocolate, coffee;
- household chemicals and cleaning products;
- Finnish handmade fishing rods and knives;
- Finnish cosmetics, vitamin complexes and fish oil capsules.
Exclusive goods and products
Shops for exclusive clothing from local designers (some of them very talented) are concentrated in the Design District. You can also find jewelry, accessories and antiques stores there. On weekdays until 18:00 and weekends until 17:00, fairs are held on the Helsinki Market Square (Kauppatori) where you can buy gifts and souvenirs – wood, fur, glass, textiles, as well as Finnish knives. In summer, mushrooms, raspberries and strawberries are sold here. River buses and ferries depart from the market square and take passengers to Korkeasaari Zoo and Suomenlinna Fortress.
Shopping districts in Helsinki
For shopping in Helsinki, it is better to go straight to the center. There, literally side by side, are the largest city department stores interspersed with small boutiques. Most of the shops in this city are concentrated in the area of several streets of Aleksanterinkatu Street, named after the Russian Emperor Alexander I (Aleksanterinkatu), Mannerheimintie Avenue, Esplanade (Esplanadi, north and south), Fredrikinkatu (Fredrikinkatu), Korkeavuorenkatu (Korkeavuorenkatu) and Bulevardi.
Shops and shopping centers in Helsinki
Stockmann is the largest shopping center in the city, occupying an entire block between Mannerheim Avenue and Aleksanterinkatu Street. Literally everything is sold here: from food, including delicacies, and clothing to luxury perfumes, electronics and goods for summer cottages. The territory of the shopping complex is so huge that at the entrance visitors are given guidebooks – without them it is easy to get lost. .ru/sized/f550x700/cu/dy/cudyph6c2n4gc0w0ko04408gs.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
Forum is another large mall in Helsinki, which is also located a whole block from Simonkatu Street to Mannerheim Avenue. This is a five-story building with more than 120 stores. The choice is less than in Stockmann, but the prices are slightly lower. sized/f550x700/74/fa/74faxkzf5l8oc0gco00wkskwc.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
Kamppi is located in the city center with more than 150 stores on five floors. On the first and second floors there are boutiques of clothes, shoes and perfumes, restaurants and cafes, on the third floor there are goods for children, on the fourth floor there are sportswear and equipment, and on the fifth floor there are youth fashion clothes. There are also electronics stores, home goods and supermarkets here. /0q/sm/0qsm2zlrona8kgsos84g4csgk.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>