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Nobody visiting Tampere could be disappointed with the range of markets available. As the third-largest city in Finland, there are plenty of annual events, flea markets and indoor markets to choose from where you can find what you need.
This is the largest marketplace in Tampere, and usually considered the best. Tampere’s market hall is the largest covered market in Scandinavia and under its roof are 39 local merchants selling produce, light meals, services, repairs, gifts, clothing and a lot more. It has become a central hub in the city to meet, catch up or buy local goods.
Tampere’s largest flea market has over 1,000 square metres (10,765 square feet) of floor space for locals to sell their secondhand goods. It is a well-known spot for finding bargains or rare items, such as Iittala glassware or antique china, which would cost much more at a department store. The vast space also makes it a great market to wander through, chatting with the locals and seeing what you can find.
The second-largest flea market in town is just as noteworthy for the rare finds it can turn up. Locals sell all manner of unwanted goods here, so it is possible to pick up a bargain or something new at a discount. There are also a large number of artisans selling handmade crafts, as well as food and antique dealers. Silenteri is especially busy at Christmas with shoppers looking for affordable and unique gifts.
This is a flea market that not only sells bargain items, but also donates the proceeds to needy people around the world. The items at this market are arranged by department, making searching for particular items easier. You’ll find clothing, musical instruments, furniture and household items here.
Finland’s Christmas markets are known for their fairy tale beauty and warm holiday atmosphere, and the Tampere Christmas Market is no exception. The fair is usually held throughout the month of December in the main square. It has a highly traditional aesthetic and attracts vendors from around the world. There is a doughnut café, a German restaurant, plenty of mulled wine, outdoor performers, ice sculptures, workshops and visits from Santa and his elves.
A very niche experience, the Lumous Dark Market is part of the Lumous Festival and sells all things gothic. This includes clothing from popular dark fashion retailers, books and records. The market is open to everyone and is a great destination for lovers of alternative fashion or music.
This is an outdoor market that is held every Saturday in the main square, even during winter, although it is much busier when the weather is warmer. This market is particularly well known for selling Tapola black sausages, one of the specialities of the Tampere region. In addition, you can find freshly picked berries and mushrooms during the summer, gifts at Christmas, pastries in the café and fish straight from the harbour.
Sammonkirppis has been operating since 2000 and is Tampere’s longest-running indoor flea market. It is a self-service flea market where vendors purchase a table and sell independently, with an option to donate unwanted goods to the store. Unearthed treasures can include antiques, rare items, out of print books and vintage clothing.
A charming family-focussed store containing a flea market, eco shop, organic café, and children’s play area, Vadelmatarha sells ecologically made clothing, cosmetics and organic products as well as locally made handicrafts. The café sells food and drink that are produced ecologically. These and regular events make it an ideal place for new parents or young families to socialise and spend time.
This is a two-storey secondhand store selling every Finnish product under the sun, including antiques and retro items. Classic comic book fans and collectors especially love this store for their alluringly long shelf of comic books.