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Kauppatori, Helsinki

(4/5 based on 550+ 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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  • A traditional market place in perfect harmony with the Presidential Palace and the Senate Square next to it. A good variety of fresh vegetables and a place to have a cup of coffee with perhaps somethi...  more »
  • The atmospheric life in pursuaavarten market. Especially in summer the lovely atmosphere of the hustle and bustle and enjoy the human in the sunshine.
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  • Frozen sea view was very beautiful. Market was because it was cold. Include a Ferris wheel, a high price increase.
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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.