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Hietalahti Market Square, Helsinki
(3.7/5 based on 95+ 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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  • Walked down to this market from one of the "Hop-on/Hop-off" stops and were quite surprised at the amount of vendors selling everything from Fruit and Veg to hot food, souvenirs and clothing, literally...  more »
  • It is a flea market near one of the cruise port, this market is very known by the locals, old things, used clothes and second-hand objects are sold, I was not much time alone bought me some stiffness and was not I really liked, but perhaps you find things of interest.
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  • Lots of stalls selling clothing, souvenirs, and accessories. Lots of cafes with local cuisine as well. Fruits , and vegetables also are available. 
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  • Really cool old city market with lot of possibilities to eat. Great plus for me is that you can pay by card pretty much in every stand at the market. (no cash required)
  • Good open square with steps where you can relax while enjoying the summer view. Central and convenient for the tram, this is a tourist hotspot.
  • I guess you don't really need to read a review to visit this place once in Helsinki. It's a nice open market with seasonal grocery and some local craft. There are also some stalls offering food and your should try the salmon there. Don't forget to also visit the covered market next to this!
  • Main market at Helsinki, bit touristy though. Can see top politicians here, even president, having cup of coffee
  • A nice place to pick up a few souvenirs or some snacks. Surrounded by an area with Engel's neoclassical architecture, the presidential castle and many tourist oriented businesses. Prices are high-ish. Suomenlinna and other ferries have their harbors here.