7 tips for Christmas shopping
Christmas and shopping go to together like a horse and carriage, that’s what they say… Though, in these sustainable times, we should prefer gifts that are useful and really needed. Helsinki has plenty of options to do some quality shopping. Due to pandemic (COVID-19) situation you can also do safe shopping by using virtual services. Check out our tips for memorable Christmas shopping.
1. Shopping centres – Something for everyone
Helsinki’s shopping centres are all within easy distance, either by walk or by public transportation. In the centre, you’ll find Forum Shopping Centre with over 140 stores, cafés, and restaurants. It is located right in the corner of Mannerheimintie and Simonkatu.
The newest and the biggest of Helsinki’s shopping centres is Mall of Tripla, located next to Pasila railway station. Just take a train or tram from the centre and you’re there within minutes. Mall of Tripla is actually the biggest shopping centre in the Nordic countries with over 250 shops! You can find more than 60 cafés and restaurants there, Finnish and international brands, as well as a full range of entertainment and wellness services.
Also remember to visit Redi shopping centre and Itis shopping centre, both easy to reach by metro. Redi lies just next to Kalasatama metro station (10 minutes from the centre) and Itis in Itäkeskus (20 minutes from the centre).
2. Sokos – Fundamental part of Finnish shopping culture
There are basically only two department stores in the heart of Helsinki. One is Sokos department store, located next to the Railway Station. With five floors, Sokos has fashion for women and men, cosmetics and beauty products, and also home interior pieces and products.
There’s also a café and restaurant in the department store and a huge supermarket underground open 24/7. This department store opened its doors for the first time in 1952 for the Helsinki Olympics. The building is designed by architect Erkki Huttunen and on the top floor, there’s a beautiful functionalist styled restaurant Loiste. Hotel Vaakuna operates in the building with main doors towards the Railway Station.
3. Stockmann – One of a kind
Stockmann department store was founded already in 1862 and it’s probably the most known department store in Finland. You can surely say it’s a classic. Beautiful art nouveau styled building has eight floors full of quality products and services. You can basically do all your Christmas shopping here! Look for international luxury brands as well as Finnish brands, fashion, interior design, cosmetics, quality food products… you name it. There are several cafés and restaurants in the building and the Herkku food market is as well-known as the department store itself.
4. Christmas markets and pop-ups
The Christmas market season begins in early November. There are plenty of markets all around the city, some of them lasting only a couple of days and some are open for weeks. Due to COVID-19 pandemic situation there’s also virtual Christmas markets available! We recommend checking our event calendar of November and December and you’ll find them all. You can find different kinds of Christmas gifts and souvenirs at the markets, and also delicacies of the season.
During the Christmas season, Christmas pop-up shops usually pop up (ho-ho-ho) around the city. Find the best of Finnish design, jewellery, decorations, and so on. So, keep your eyes open!
5. Lasipalatsi – Shopping in a functionalist milieu
There are also some shopping hubs which are hard to categorize as shopping centres or department stores. But they surely are worth of visit. Legendary Lasipalatsi building (Glass Palace) is a charming functionalist style building next to Forum shopping centre. It hosts Amos Rex art museum and the classic Restaurant Lasipalatsi, but there you’ll also find a couple of Finnish specialist stores, such as Finnish design and glassware brand Iittala, Finnish fashion brand Makia, shoe brand Karhu and the Moomin shop.
6. Torikorttelit – Quarters of style
Torikorttelit is actually a quarter full of shops, cafes and restaurants in between the Market Square and the Senate Square. Torikorttelit combines the three oldest blocks of Helsinki and they are nowadays beautifully renewed. Here’s a list of companies and brands operating there. We could recommend all of them, but here are some tips for your Christmas shopping. Lumi is a Finnish premium accessories brand with clean, pure and timeless handbags, shoes, and leather accessories for both women and men. Lapuan Kankurit produces linen and wool weavers from Finland. Their sustainable design is inspired by Finnish nature. Marttiini sells quality knives and Finnish-made “puukko” knives. Marttiini was founded already in 1928.
7. Kämp Galleria – Hint of luxury
Kämp Galleria is a shopping centre with a fine selection of international fashion and Scandinavian design. Carefully selected brands, high-quality products and personal service is the essence of their philosophy. Kämp Galleria is located in the crossroads of these four streets: Pohjoisesplanadi, Mikonkatu, Aleksanterinkatu and Kluuvikatu. On the 2nd floor, you’ll find Kämp Garden displaying the most important names and emerging talents of Finnish fashion. On the ground floor, there is an exhibition space of The Finnish Museum of Photography.
Psst! Many of the shops or shopping places offer discounts with Helsinki Card. With Helsinki Card you can also travel free in public transportation from a shopping place to another!
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