There are around 30 major shopping centres in Helsinki and environs. To start with, in the heart of the city, there are several shopping malls which are connected through an underground passage known as the Asematunneli. Through this underground network, you can easily access the Kamppi and Forum shopping centres as well as the Sokos and Stockmann department stores.
There are around 150 stores and services at the Kamppi Center (Urho Kekkosenkatu 1), which is quite convenient if you only have time for a one-stop shopping trip. If you are looking for fashion, designer brands, sportswear and sports equipment, or products for teens and young adults, then they can all be found conveniently in here.
Forum (Mannerheimintie 20) is a modern classic. It offers shoppers several floors of stores, cafés, and restaurants. Forum has an exceptional selection of jewellery, fashion and children’s clothing stores. Stylish shoppers might well want to browse the Finnish fashion store Marimekko, while Moomin fans should check out the Moomin Shop for products based on author Tove Jansson’s endearing characters.
Forum has recently been recognized both as the Best Shopping Centre in the Nordic countries and as Finland’s Best Shopping Centre by the Nordic Council of Shopping Centres. Thanks to a successful renovation, Forum is now bigger, brighter and better than ever – with more fashion, leisure and dining options for shoppers.
Kämp Galleria (Pohjoisesplanadi 33) is located below the luxurious Kämp Hotel, with entrances from the four surrounding streets. It is home to a fine selection of Nordic design. Garden, the second floor of the Kämp Galleria shopping centre, is dedicated to Finnish fashion and houses The Terhi Pölkki Flagship Store selling high-quality shoes, and TRE <3 Nide, a stylish store offering books, fresh flowers and Klaus Haapaniemi interior design objects.
Kluuvi Shopping Centre (Aleksanterinkatu 9) has about 30 businesses, including several sports stores. The shopping centre offers a mix of interesting international brand stores, Finnish retail concepts and restaurants.
Shopping outside of central Helsinki
Outside the centre of town, there are a number of large entertainment and shopping complexes reachable by public transportation, such as Itis, which is the largest shopping centre in the Nordic region, located on the Helsinki Metro in the eastern suburbs.
Then, there is Sello (in Leppävaara, Espoo, by the Leppävaara railway station), Iso Omena (in Matinkylä, Espoo), the newly extended Jumbo (in Vantaa, close to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport) and the relatively new Kaari (Kannelmäki in western Helsinki). The malls in the Helsinki area, as in anywhere in the world, are their own shopping microworlds. They are mainly occupied by the big chain stores.
REDI is a large new shopping centre that will open in 2018 just a couple of metro stops away from the city centre in the trendy and urban Kalasatama area. One of the special features is a park-like rooftop garden for art exhibitions, gentle walks or just gazing the view over the city and sea.
Opening in 2019, Mall of Tripla is an urban centre that offers everything from high-end Finnish and international brands to food halls and entertainment services.