Helsinki is a design epicentre, from fashion to furniture and homewares. Its hub is the Design District Helsinki (https://designdistrict.fi), spread out between chic Esplanadi to the east, retro-hipster Punavuori to the south and Kamppi to the west. Hundreds of shops, studios and galleries are mapped on its website; you can also pick up a map at the tourist office.

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Shopping

  • Arabiakeskus Learn about Iittala glassware and Arabia ceramics at the museum at this superb design centre.
  • Artek Helsinki's city-centre branch of this iconic Aalto-founded company sells unique pieces not found elsewhere.
  • Lasikammari Rare vintage Finnish glassware.
  • Stockmann Helsinki's largest department store occupies a landmark building.

Design

  • Tre City-centre design emporium with cutting-edge creations.
  • Jukka Rintala Fashion, wallpapers and more from this renowned designer.
  • Aarikka Finnish designs include exquisite jewellery.
  • Awake Sustainable designs are showcased in this minimalist Design District space.
  • Lokal Hybrid gallery/boutique with rotating displays.

Sweets

  • Sweet Story Distinctive Finnish sweets made locally in Helsinki.
  • Roobertin Herkku Salty liquorices and tar drops are among the specialities of this sweet shop.
  • Fazer Famous Fazer chocolates are tantalisingly displayed at its cupola-topped cafe.

Music

Books

  • Akateeminen Kirjakauppa An Alvar Aalto–designed building houses Finland's biggest bookshop.
  • Nide Art, architecture and design books are a speciality.
  • Design Museum The bookshop inside Helsinki's Design Museum has a superb range of titles.