The main shopping streets likely to attract the attention of a serious shopper on holiday in Helsinki are Mannerheimintie, Aleksanterinkatu, Esplanade, Korkeavuorenkatu, Fredrikinkatu and Bulevardi. Each of these streets has its own character and dominant shop type, from antiques to luxury boutiques, international chains and shoe shops.
Helsinki is also the perfect place to stock up on Finnish and Scandinavian design pieces; particularly popular are Marimekko homewares, Iittala glass or Alvar Aalto designed Artek furniture.
Helsinki also has a number of department stores and shopping centres. No shopping holiday in Helsinki would be complete without a visit to the legendary Stockman. Of course, if you prefer all your shops in one place, or the weather is less than friendly, then shopping centres are the place to head and Helsinki certainly has a few of those. However, for sheer size try Itäkeskus in eastern Helsinki. Itäkeskus is the largest shopping centre in the Nordic region, and boasts long promenades of boutiques and international chains.