Market Square Kauppatori, Helsinki

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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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  • This became our go-to place during our stay in Helsinki. The Market stalls are good for food and souvenir at realistic prices. Our teenage boys loved the Reindeer burgers. This is also the place to ge...  more »
  • So it is always crowded with tourists. Market, rather than notable food and beverage stalls. Arriving many gulls, the ceiling of the store shops such as accessories for tourists, because the port is busy here.
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  • Beautiful square with an unusual layout as it resembles more a promenade then your classic square which makes it one of the squares you are going to love. Dominated by the Uspenski and beautiful build...  more »
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  • Bustling market near the harbour. Great for a stroll and a bit of shopping. Not just souvenirs but also fresh fruit and vegetables. In summer everyone was selling delicious berries!
  • Nice place where you can buy some local stuff and food. Of course full with tourists, but wasn't a problem for us. Starting point for boat trips.
  • Many kiosk located at market square. In front of Sweden embassy. The hot dogs and meat balls are superb. Go try it. Buy a local beer Karhu and enjoy the sea view.
  • A nice market asking the sea. You can get local crafts. Including reindeer skins. There are also fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Or grab a meal and/desert.
  • You can get all kinds of tours here. Also the street food is awesome. Don't forget to try the local small fish fry.

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