Tour length: 7 km
Railway station – Sokos – Kamppi – Fredrikinkatu – Bulevardi – Esplanadi park – Kluuvi – Aleksanterinkatu – Kämp Galleria – Stockmann – Forum
The tour starts at Railway station where you can find mostly kiosks, cafe’s and a couple of bars. You can venture to the tunnels to find slightly bigger grocery stores, some health/lifestyle shops and a cheap book store Kirjatori.
Sokos is the second biggest department store in Helsinki located 200 meters west from the Railway station. Here you can buy cosmetics, clothes and accessories, electronics, toys, sports wear and house hold appliances. On the bottom floor you can find McDonald’s and a big grocery store S-market if you get hungry.
Kamppi is a shopping center named after the district it’s on. It’s also the name of the metro stop, which makes it very easy to find. It’s filled with fashion brand shops such as Calvin Klein Jeans, Esprit, Guess, Gant, Lascoste and many more. There are also sports shops, electronics shops, a pharmacy, hair dressers and beauty salons. From Clas Ohlson you can buy almost anything you can think of – with bargain prices. If you get hungry or thirsty here, there are lots of restaurants, cafe’s and bars around the shopping centre and even a food court in the bottom floor. Here’s also where all long distance buses in Helsinki leave from.
From Kamppi you should head to Fredrikinkatu, which is full of small design and fashion boutiques, a couple of bicycle shops, nice restaurants and a used clothes shop (flee market), where you can make real bargains if you’re lucky.
From Fredrikinkatu, take a crossing street bulevardi and see the beautiful old church park, here you can also find a legendary cafe Ekberg and a WSOY-publisher’s book shop.
Walk across Mannerheimintie to find Esplanadi park. Here in the corner you’ll see a Louis Vuitton and a Hugo Boss shop. You can either walk straight until you get to Kauppatori, a marketplace where you can buy some original Finnish products as well as fresh sea food, or turn to the left and head towards Kluuvi.
Kluuvi is a much smaller shopping center than Kamppi located in the Kluuvi district of Helsinki, not far from Stockmann. There are some design and streetwear shops you can’t find anywhere else in Helsinki, such as Fred Perry flagship store, Ivana Helsinki, Jackpot, Lyle & Scott and SuperDry. There’s also a sushi bar, cafe’s and a McDonald’s.
Aleksanterinkatu and the streets nearby are filled with different kinds of shops and boutiques. Here you can find Nokia flagship store, Humac (Apple store), lots of fashion and shoe shops, jewellery and gold shops and some nice restaurants and bars.
From Aleksanterinkatu you should make a quick stop in a small shopping center Kämp Galleria, where you can also see one of the most luxurious hotels in Finland – Hotel Kämp. Beware the prices if you plan on stopping here for a drink.
Stockmann is the oldest department store in Helsinki and it’s also the biggest department store in the Nordic countries. Here you can find all the major design and fashion brands of the world including Tommy Hillfiger, Armani, Lacoste, Gant, Tiger of Sweden, Burberry and much more. You can also buy Finnish brands such as Marimekko, Iittala and Arabia (ceramics) and of course Moomin products. There’s also a souvenir section where you can buy traditional Finnish products. On the basement floor you can find the grocery store selling all kinds of fresh gourmet foods.
Walk towards north and you’ll see the big glasswalled building with huge advertisements on the sides. Forum is not as brand centered as Kamppi, but it still has lots of different clothes shops, jewellery boutiques, sports shops, decoration and beauty shops and much more. Be sure to check out Dressman for low priced men’s wear.
Here you can see a suggested route with all the places above highlighted. Print it out and have a shopping walking tour of your life!