Flow 2015


Helsinki's design district is known for its shopping options, from antiques and art to interior design elements, clothing, and jewelry. Even if you don't have a location in mind, take a stroll through the district to explore areas shops and eateries. Comprised of 25 streets and 200 spots, the Design District is creativity, uniqueness, experiences, and urban culture personified.

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  • Marimekko

    This textile and clothing design company is known for its unique patterns and prints. Launched in 1952, Marimekko was originally a store for dresses created by the company's founder Armi Ratia ("Mari" is an anagram of Armi, and "mekko" is the Finnish word for dress) but has expanded to include home decor, fabrics, textiles, bags, and accessories.

  • Design District Helsinki

    Encompassing 25 streets and comprised of more than 200 shops, galleries, museums, cafes, and design studios, Helsinki's Design District is a must-see for anyone traveling to the city. Pick up some household goods, furniture, fabrics, antiques, or paintings - the Design District is your one-stop-shop for all things Finnish.

  • Stupido-Shop Record Store

    • Iso Roobertinkatu 23
    • 00120 Helsinki, Finland
    • +358 9 646 990

    Stupido offers myriad DVDs, CDs, vinyl, and t-shirts from around the globe, as well as records from varying genres. Touted as the best record store in Finland, Stupido has been around since 1989.

  • Levykauppa Ax

    Levykauppa will take you back in time to when buying a vinyl or CD was a regular event. This record shop has an area where you can listen to music before you buy, all while sitting in a comfy chair. This destination is a must-see for metal music audiophiles.

  • Ivana Helsinki

    Ivana Helsinki is more than just a clothing store, it is a fashion empire that maintains genuine ready-to-wear fashion clothing. The aesthetic of the design is exceptionally masterful, with bright color palettes, high quality materials, and daring prints. The collection curates a whimsical story infused with opaque Slavic and lucid Scandinavian tones.

  • Kluuvi Shopping Center

    • Aleksanterinkatu 9
    • 00100 Helsinki, Finland
    • +358 50 505 1624

    Composed of five different buildings that are interweaved by a yard on the western end of the Aasi block, this shopping center mainly caters to international clientele. Inside the three-floor modern building, there are high-end boutiques as well as clothes from international brands that can't be found anywhere else in Finland.

  • Salakauppa (Secret Shop)

    This small glass kiosk is situated between Kiasma (The Museum of Contemporary Art) and the central train station, carrying a plethora of crafts from Finland, Russia, Belgium, and Korea. Behind the "secret shop" concept is the Korean design duo Johan Olin and Aamu Song, who travel to factories around the world to bring back unique goods.

  • Hakaniemen Kauppahalli

    Located Near South Harbor, Hakaniemi Square is in the center of the Kallio neighborhood and filled with restaurants, shops, and bars. Opened in 1914, this hall is thought to be the liveliest out of the three old central market halls in Helsinki. While it will be hard to escape the lingering scents from the fresh fish, it is still the best place for an inexpensive traditional Finnish meal.