Most of Helsinki’s best shopping malls can be found in the city centre, often a short walk from each other. Many of the shops in the biggest shopping centres are open until late in the evening, most are open all day on Saturday, and some also open on Sundays between 12 and 6 pm. If you have come to Finland from outside the European Union, look for the Tax Free sign for tax free shopping.
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Forum is one of the biggest shopping malls in the city and conveniently located just a few minutes’ walk from the main railway station on Mannerheimintie, the main thoroughfare. All the biggest high street fashion chains have stores here, from H&M to Finnish high street fashion, and there are several floors of clothes, shoes, gifts, beauty, music and pretty much everything you need. Forum also has a good selection of cafés and restaurants from Finnish to Indian.
Just a few minutes from Forum, the Kamppi Shopping Centre is one of the newest shopping malls in town. Kamppi has high street fashion, children’s clothes, shoes, gifts and much more, and a wide variety of cafes and restaurants from Greek to Italian to Mexican. The new Helsinki bus terminal is located in the basement, and the nearest metro (underground) stop is Kamppi.
For luxury shopping, try the Kämp Galleria: a high-end shopping centre in the middle of the city. This is the place for everything luxury and designer (and expensive). Entrances are on Pohjoisesplanadi, Mikonkatu, Aleksanterinkatu and Kluuvikatu.
Stockmann (Aleksanterinkatu 52) is more a department store than a shopping centre, but it is a Helsinki landmark and should be mentioned whenever talking about shopping in the Finnish capital. The Stockmann building dates back to the 1930s and is located right in the middle of Helsinki. Stockmann has several floors of fashion, beauty, shoes, bags, books, gifts, Finnish design and much more. There is also a delicatessen and several restaurants and cafés. Stockmann also has a smaller branch in Itäkeskus.
Itäkeskus is one of the biggest shopping malls in Finland. Located in east Helsinki, it is easy to get to by metro (get off the metro in Itäkeskus, the station has a direct access to the shopping centre). Most stores from the Forum or the Kamppi shopping centre can also be found here. There are coffee shops and restaurants, and many locals prefer Itäkeskus to the busier and more crowded shopping in the centre of the city.
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