You don’t need to go far in Helsinki to find the best pieces of Finnish design! Check out our tips for shopping design in and around the city center. At the end of this article, you can also find out our favorite restaurants, cafés etc. in the area!
Timeless luxury from Erottajankatu
Start your shopping tour from Erottajankatu, from where you’ll find two great shops. Samuji House (Erottajankatu 9 B, courtyard) is the flagship store of the Finnish fashion brand Samuji. If you’re looking for timeless and sustainable homeware or clothing for women, this is the place! Samuji is one of our all-time favorites.
The other visit-worthy store on Erottajankatu is BEAM (Erottajankatu 15–17), which is an independent store for international fashion. They sell clothes and accessories to both women and men from brands such as Acne Studios, A.P.C., Comme des Garçons and Totême.
Well-known Finnish design classics
Next head towards Aleksanterinkatu. Besides all the chain stores, nearby you’ll find Artek’s (Keskuskatu 1 B) two-story home for design, architecture, and art. Finnish Artek was founded in 1935 by Aino and Alvar Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Besides Artek itself, the flagship store on Keskuskatu offers also products from Vitra and other well-known Finnish and international design brands. Visiting the store gives you also inspiration for decorating your own home!
Another well-known Finnish design brand is just around the corner. Marimekko has two stores near Aleksanterinkatu (Aleksanterinkatu 50 & Mikonkatu 1). Marimekko is a legendary Finnish design brand with a long history, and it’s well known internationally also. Go to the Marimekko stores if you want to find something bold to wear or if you’re looking for beautifully illustrated ceramics, home textiles or fabrics.
Finds from smaller Finnish brands
There’s also going to be soon a new pilgrimage destination for fans of Finnish fashion in town! Garden - Center for Finnish Fashion will open in Galleria Esplanad (Pohjoisesplanadi 33, 2nd floor) in November. From Garden, you’ll find the stores of Finnish fashion brands Arela, Samuji, Terhi Pölkki, éNHats, Hálo and Nomen Nescio and also Jolie, store specialized in natural cosmetics. We have also our own space in Garden, TRE <3 Nide. From there you’ll find the city’s best selection of culture books and magazines curated by bookstore Nide, Klaus Haapaniemi shop-in-shop, and a flower bar. It’s never a bad idea to delight a friend with a well-chosen book and a blooming bouquet.
Looking for new stunning shoes, effortless clothes or the coolest sneakers? Around the Kluuvi area, you can find many nice independent shops that sell Finnish design and foreign brands.
Minna Parikka (Aleksanterinkatu 36) is an internationally known Finnish shoe designer, known for her playful designs. Her shoes have been seen also on the feet of many celebrities. My personal favorite is Parikka’s cute bunny sneakers. You can’t feel down when you have these in your feet!
Market (Pohjoisesplanadi 19) is a multi-brand concept store of three Finnish brands: R/H Studio, Papu, and Frantsila. From Market, you’ll find relaxed and fun clothes for women, cool and ethical clothes for kids, and natural cosmetics.
If you’re a streetwear person or you’re hunting the coolest sneakers, head to Beamhill (Yliopistonkatu 5). Their wide selection of clothes, sneakers, and accessories consist of both Finnish and international brands, like Norse Projects, Adidas, Wood Wood, Levi’s and Makia.
When you’re shopping around Helsinki city center, don’t forget to visit also our store on Mikonkatu! TRE Store (Mikonkatu 6) has a selection of over 300 Finnish and foreign brands. From our store, you’ll find products for a happier life, whether you’re looking for something new to spice up your outfit, gifts for your bae and mates or new interior decoration for your home! At the back of our store, there’s also one of the best restaurants in Helsinki, Restaurant Wild. There you can fuel yourself before continuing exploring Helsinki!
Check out also our favorite cafés, restaurants, bars etc. near Helsinki city center:
El Fant, Katariinankatu 3
Café Engel, Aleksanterinkatu 26
Fratello, Yliopistonkatu 6
El Torrefazione, Aleksanterinkatu 50
Paulig Kulma, Aleksanterinkatu 9
Goodio Café, Kanavaranta 7 B
Johan & Nyström, Kanavaranta 7 C
Via Tribunali, Sofiankatu 4
WILD Nordic Café, Mikonkatu 6
Friends&Brgrs, Mikonkatu 8
Kortteli, Urho Kekkosen katu 1
Chapter, Aleksanterinkatu 22
Shelter, Kanavaranta 7
Copas y Tapas, Fabianinkatu 16
Nolla, Liisankatu 2
Holiday, Kanavaranta 7
Putte’s, Kalevankatu 6
Kafe Moskova & Corona, Eerikinkatu 11
Chapter, Aleksanterinkatu 22
TRE Store, Mikonkatu 6
Garden Galleria Esplanad, Pohjoisesplanadi 33, 2nd floor - opening in November
Artek, Keskuskatu 1 B
Marimekko, Mikonkatu 1 & Aleksanterinkatu 50
Lokal, Annankatu 9
BEAM, Erottajankatu 15–17
Samuji House, Erottajankatu 9 B, courtyard
Market, Pohjoisesplanadi 19
Beamhill, Yliopistonkatu 5
Minna Parikka, Aleksanterinkatu 36
Things to do
Allas Sea Pool, Katajanokanlaituri 2 A
HAM, Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8
KIASMA, Mannerheiminaukio 2
Kanavaranta, Katajanokka area
Ateneum, Kaivokatu 2
Amos Rex, Mannerheimintie 22–24
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Text: Vilma Heimonen