Shopping and Eating in Tampere, Finland
Tampere is one of the largest cities in the country of Finland.
Shopping in Tampere
You probably do not travel to Tampere in Finland solely for the sake of shopping. Then you would probably have chosen Milan, London or Paris. But on a Nordic scale, Tampere is not a bad city for shopping. Some shops are open every day of the week. But both opening hours and opening days vary from one store to another, so check out more closely.
On national holidays, almost all shops are closed, with the exception of a few small kiosks.
You will find most department stores and specialty stores if you stay along or near the main street Hämeenkatu. Here’s the bustling crowds, and there are also plenty of night spots where you can cool off, or warm up, depending on the season and temperature of Tampere defined by AbbreviationFinder.
Alcohol stronger than 4.7% and not served at the bar is bought at the wine monopoly just like in Norway. But in Finland the wine monopoly is called “Alko”. You can find e.g. one of these at the hypermarket Prisma Laelva. Beer can only be purchased in stores between 0900 and 2100.
Department stores and shopping centers in Tampere
There are some really great department stores in Tampere. The three dominant ones are:
- Stockmann with street address Hämeenkatu 4. Stockmann is known worldwide for its quality products.
- Sokos is another giant department store. The location is in the main street, just beyond Stockmann, more specifically Hämeenkatu 21
- Anttila is also a very large department store. You can find Anttila in Puutarhakatu 10.
Tampere also has some really good shopping centers. The very best is probably called Ideapark and is located about 12 kilometers south of the city. Of course, buses run directly from the center to this solid shopping center.
If you want to stay in the city center we suggest instead Koskikeskus in the street Hatanpään valtatie 1 or Tullintori just off the railway station in the street Tullikatu 6.
Markets in Tampere:
When you visit Tampere you must also visit some of the many markets. Probably the most well-known is Tampereen Kauppahalli or the “Market Hall” in Tampere, which goes on to be the largest market in the Nordic region. Built as early as 1902. The address is Hämeenkatu 19 / Hallituskatu 10. Open Monday to Friday from 0800 to 1800. Saturdays it is open from 0800 to 1500.
Also visit the market held on the Keskustori square on the first Monday of each month. Open from 0600 to 1800. Here is also the Christmas market in December.
Also remember to visit a real hypermarket, ie a super gigantic supermarket. We suggest Prisma Kaleva in the street Sammonkatu 75.
Eating in Tampere
There are plenty of eateries in Tampere, we can at least mention a few hundred options for you. So there’s plenty to choose from. And the choices range from fast food to gourmet, from Finnish home cooking to international menus. Many of the eateries, and nightlife in general, can be found in and around the main street Hämeenkatu. The price level is nice with eyes from Norway.
If you need something small to eat in the middle of the day, know that Tampere has a place that sells world-famous donuts. You buy these in the Pyynikin Nakotornin Kahvila café by the observation tower in the Pyynikki Park, (read more about this under Tampere attractions). Alternatively, visit the tiny cozy café Vohvelikahvila. Here you will get absolutely delicious waffles. Vohvelikahvila is located in Ojakatu 2 street which is also really cozy.
For hot dishes, we suggest the following restaurants:
Do all cities with respect for themselves have an Italian restaurant called Pizzeria Napoli ? Our experience is that these are often of high quality, but in Tampere it is usually good. Fair prices and nice quality, in a casual atmosphere. Great as a lunch restaurant too. The address is Aleksanterinkatu 31.
If you love peppers, the place is Bodega Salud. Of course, they have other dishes too, and the food usually tastes absolutely delicious here. It is mostly meat lovers who make the trip here. Some even say that Bodega Salud is Tamperes very best restaurant. It costs, but that’s how it is now when you want quality. The address is Tuomiokirkonkatu 19.
Tuulensuu is the name of a so-called gastropub, ie a pub that has a large selection of beers and also offers good quality food! Not a stupid concept at all, and here at Tuulensuu in the street Hameenpuisto 23 you get the most. The beer selection is substantial and we must also mention the “honey wine” Sima. And everyone finds something good to eat here. Great place to stop by with your flock of friends!
Special restaurant in Tampere !
Whether you are traveling with children or planning a romantic evening with your loved ones, Restaurant Näsinneula will be the place to be. This rotating restaurant is 124 meters above ground level and is by far the highest point for dinner in Finland. Of course, the Näsinneula restaurant offers fantastic views. And the added plus is when the food also holds high quality. The round trip takes 45 minutes. Then maybe it’s time for a drink? The address is Laiturikatu 1, in the very north of the city center.
In general about food and pub in Tampere!
Several of the city’s more expensive restaurants offer Finnish specialties. For those of you traveling on budget and who want to combine food and nightlife, know that there are plenty of Irish and English pubs in Tampere. Nice atmosphere, reasonably priced food and plenty of drinks!