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This shop is located right next to Kluuvi shopping centre, and in it Japanese is the best-spoken language. They have all sorts of gifts which speakers of this language and others may appreciate: postcards, glassware, soft and wooden toys, make-up and many other goods. It could be said that this shop is certainly one of the friendliest in the city.
This shop is located next to Senate Square, and its selection consists of traditional knives that have been produced since 1928 in rather arctic conditions. These durable knives are not only outdoors and hunt-friendly but also typical Finnish and beautiful to look at. They also sell sheath knives and kitchen sets. Check the webiste for surther information.
Salakauppasecret shopis a tiny, 12-square-meter, all-glass kiosk in the Helsinki city center. But instead of newspapers, candy and cigarettes, this little cubicle sells the quirky and stylish products of Finnish-Korean designer couple Aamu Song and Johan Olin. Most of the products sold in Salakauppa are stylish clothes and accessories, but there are also some delightfully peculiar items, such as the woolen Beardwear,Head Friend cushion or Handy Bags, which are half gloves and half bags. Finnish practicality and reduced aesthetics meet the ethereal yet playful Korean minimalism in these items that are definitely not mass produced. - Kati Hurme
Initially started as a glass factory, the Iittala now manufactures utility items that are stylish and multi-functional. Home decor items like lamps, vases, lanterns and candle holders, as well as kitchen utilities such as saucepans, cutlery, oven ware and pots are available here. With a virtually unending collection, the Iittala has items that suit everybody's choice. Choose a beautiful piece of art to decorate your home, or something that you could use in the kitchen.
Literally meaning Craft or Artistry , Taito has carved out a well-earned niche amongst the iconic Artek, Finlayson, and Merimekko flagship stores along Esplanade Park. Stocked with exclusive, handmade crafts by contemporary artists, Taito is a great place to find distinctive gifts. Though the artists and designers change constantly, you ll usually find a good selection of jewelry, candles, crafts, and home accessories, as well as a featured line of clothing in the west room.
Aarikka specialises in wooden items. The collection includes wood and silver jewellery and ornaments. Especially nice are little key rings, zipper-pulls and other little things to brighten up basic every-day items. These are colourful and prices are very reasonable. There are shops in Forum, hotel Inter-Continental and Pohjoisesplanadi 27l. These shops have better hours of operation than the one on Eteläesplanadi, although that one is the flagship store.
Founded in 1951 and still a trendsetter in stylish Finnish design, Marimekko sells women's clothing and accessories, and home furnishings. Their decoration items include fabrics, bed linen and curtains, and various kinds of bags and little accessories. Marimekko shops can also be found in Kämp Gallery, Forum, Itäkeskus and Hakaniemi Market Hall, and there is a factory outlet at Kirvesmiehenkatu 7.
Papagena is one of the classiest interior design boutiques in Helsinki. They sell beautiful rustic furniture, home textiles, fabrics and dishes, all premium trademarks of classic Scandinavian, French countryside and marine style. Papagena is, for example, one of the Finnish retailers of Lexington Home products. In addition to this, they also sell smaller things like jewelry, postcards, and small gift and souvenir items. The cozy and light boutique is situated in the city center, within a short walk from the Market Square and Stockmann department store and next to the beautiful Esplanade park. - Kati Hurme