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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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  • The Kauppatori around the old port is the bustling centre of Helsinki. Especially the old market hall and the market stalls with food and flowers are worth seeing. Here there is always colorful goings-on. From here you reach all sights of Helsinki also on short.
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  • One of the most typical places of the city. All these orange tents housing stalls all more fun than the other. A lot of handicraft, wood, jewelry, socks, and caps in wool or felt, knits... a place or the Finnish soul prevails. Here you can enjoy a superb view the Uspenski Cathedral in the Island-District of Katajanokka, red brick building. You will face the imposing Presidential Palace as well as at the Esplanade Park which I never get tired with his booth with live concerts throughout the summer, its terraces and its musicians.
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  • This district is very beuatiful and quite. I suggest to visit on night. You find few restaurant and shop but good. 
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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.