Helsinki, Finland’s capital, is the best city for showcasing Finnish culture; from traditional handicrafts to classic Finnish recipes. In Helsinki, there are a number of markets which sell food, artwork, and vintage furniture, and help to support local merchants and artists. Here is our guide to some of the best markets in the Finnish capital for trying Finnish delicacies or uncovering hidden gems.
This Sunday flea market is situated in Hakaniemi Square and is home to over 200 vendors. Founded by two young entrepreneurs, Päivyt Toivonen and Orvokki Hyytinen, their vision was to make the market a place for artists, locals, and tourists to meet. After so much walking around, you may choose to take a break in the cafés which offer traditional Finnish outdoor market snacks like salmon soup and salted liquorice flavoured sweets.
Opening hours: Sun 9am-4pm
Hakaniemi Square, Kampinmalmi Helsinki, Finland
Abattoir, which is also locally known as Teurastamo, is a market which exhibits Helsinki’s food culture. The attractive and mouthwatering smell of grills is almost irresistible. Locals like to bring their own ingredients and grill together, and if you’re lucky you might get a taste of the delicacies that they are preparing. There are large food events every month, such as the Farmers’ Market that invites local farmers to sell their own organic crops and the Christmas Market in December.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm