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Hietalahti Market Square, Helsinki

Categories: Farmers Markets, Flea Markets, Food & Drink, Shopping
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3.7/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
The Market Square is a central square in Helsinki, Finland, and one of the most famous market places and tourist attractions in the city.The Market Square is located near the centre of Helsinki, at the eastern end of Esplanadi and bordering the Baltic Sea to the south and Katajanokka to the east. The Helsinki City Transport maintains an all-year-round ferry link from the Market Square to Suomenlinna, and in the summer there are also private companies providing ferry cruises, both to Suomenlinna and other nearby islands.From spring to autumn, the Market Square is bustling with activity with vendors selling fresh Finnish food and souvenirs. There are also many outdoor cafés at the square. Some cafés also provide meat pastries, and one advertises their pastries as being "the best in the Market Square… in Helsinki… in Finland!"The height of the square's popularity is in early October when the annual Helsinki herring market begins.A long tradition at the Market Square is a display of old American cars on the first Friday of every month. Any motorist with an interest in old American cars can take part in this display. How the tradition originally started is unclear.
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  • Of September was still doing? Lined with shops like the shops sell something made from reindeer antler keychains, bottle opener, shops sell fur, Grandma 手あみ hat and glove shops, variety still souvenir shops, shops selling grilled salmon and salmon soup, small food stalls. It was fun walking round and round and round. Salmon soup I ate here was the best.
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  • Great variety of Scandi vintage clothing, Marimekko remnants, and china oddments. Very friendly vendors. 
  • Good place to get a sense of what this city and country is all about. Souvenirs, crafts, sweaters, fruit, veggies, fish, lunch or snacks...and absolutely beautiful mushrooms. 
  • The market is quite touristy and some of the food is not the freshest since it sits there. There were some beautiful handcraft goods for sale however this site is overrun by tourists and birds, particularly due to the proximity to the cruise ports. A walkthrough is a good idea but would not recommend the food. Some small souvineers would be good from here like magnets or hand made goods.
  • A lively place not to be missed in the summer. You can get food, snacks, coffee and locally made clothing and crafts from market stalls when the market is up over holidays and in the summer months.
  • Beware of certain defensive & nasty women food & souvenir sellers. Try buying from the guys. They are more sincere and approachable. Stalls usually close at 4pm.
  • Place where you could buy berries, mushrooms in the summer. Quite crowded. You can pay with card at most of the stalls
  • Loved eating salmon down by the waterside on a sunny day. The prices are very reasonable and you get a good lunch in an interesting place.
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