Book shopping in Helsinki
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A behemoth among book shops, the Academic (Akateeminen kirjakauppa to Finns) was designed by Finland's premier architect Alvar Aalto. Don't be misled by the 'academic' tag, you don't have to sew on leather elbow patches to shop here, it caters to everyone. There's a range of international newspapers and an IT department if you're missing some vital software.
Finland's biggest bookshop features three floors, an Aalto-designed café and a massive range of books in numerous languages. Big travel section, including maps.