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With 450,000 titles in stock, the Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa) is the largest bookshop in town and one of the largest in Nordic countries. You will find everything here: books, newspapers and magazines and stationery. You can even order newspapers or magazines here. The shop has a good selection of literature in English and other foreign languages, as well as numerous books about Finns and Finland. At Micronia, on the lower ground floor, you can buy computing equipment, including software, hardware and accessories. Within the shop is also café Aalto, where you can enjoy refreshments in an environment designed by Alvar Aalto himself. Its own bakery produces an excellent variety of pastries and pies, and the café serves tasty lunches.
This bookshop offers art books even for the demanding expert, and its selection is comprehensive. This store is easy to find as it is located inside the famous Ateneum museum of Finnish art. So come by to Taidekirjakauppa Ateneum and gain a new appreciation of the arts.
In this bookshop the child is the king. Everything that a nice bookshop for kids should have is included here, including books, games, toys, music and art and craft materials. Adults are welcome as wellto help with the shopping.
This antiquarian bookshop is the best place in town if you are searching for Nordic literature, but it is not cheap. The interior is very interesting even for window-shoppers, decorated with skulls. The Hagelstam family also hold antiques auctions. This shop will serve you in Swedish or English as well.
Digelius is situated in Viiskulma, across the street from Popparienkeli and next door to The Specialist. The broad catalogue of over 30,000 titles covers jazz, ethnic and experimental/avant-garde. Most of the CDs are new but the vinyl is mainly second-hand. There is also a selection of videos and literature covering the musical genres the store offers. The staff are helpful and very committed to these genres-and no wonder, as Digelius Music is the third oldest record store in Helsinki.