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Shopping and Eating in Tampere, Finland

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

Food in Tampere, Finland

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!

Shopping and Eating in Helsinki, Finland

Shopping and Eating in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is one of the largest cities in the country of Finland.

Shopping in Helsinki

The shops in Helsinki defined by AbbreviationFinder offer the best selection for shopping in Finland. The most handy of us can spend every day in the huge Stockmanns department store in Alexandersgatan 52. This boasts to be the Nordic region’s largest department store. A little further up Alexandersgaten, at No. 19, is a Zara store.

Stockmann’s biggest competitor is Forum in Mannerheimgatan 20, where you will find close to 130 shops and restaurants under one roof.

The best shopping streets in Helsinkiare considered to be the parallel streets of Alexandersgatan and Esplanadis, where there are branches of chains such as Lindex, H&M, KappAhl, ONLY, Backstreet and Seppälä.

An exciting alternative to the clothing stores is the market hall Hietalahti on the southern end of Bulevardi. Here there are very low prices and a huge selection, but you have to have patience when looking through all the goods to find something that is tempting. In the surrounding area, Punavuori, there are many other specialty shops.

Other markets should include the outdoor market at the harbor, where fresh fish, fruits and vegetables, crafts and souvenirs, meat and clothing are sold. In addition, there are a number of stalls selling “slightly different” fast food.

The stores are usually open from 0900 to 1800 or 1900 on weekdays, and from 0900 to 1500 on Saturdays. Some of the larger department stores are open longer in the evenings, and some are also open on Sundays.

In terms of price, Helsinki is not much cheaper than Norway, but you can do some bargaining on locally produced goods. The Finnish jewelry series Kalevala is a popular gift. It is based on both new designs and thousand-year-old ornaments, often in a combination of gold, silver, bronze and wood. Souvenirs with the Mummitrollet are also compulsory to buy from Helsinki, the capital of Finland described on Countryaah.

VAT refund in Helsinki

Don’t forget that you pay VAT and that tourists who do not live within the EU can be refunded on departure. This applies to the purchase of products over a certain amount. Not all stores have a VAT refund scheme, so look for the Tax Free Shopping badge at the entrance if you are going to buy slightly more expensive products. Remember to bring a completed and stamped form and receipt. You also need to show passports.

Eating in Helsinki

Food in Helsinki, Finland

If you say the words “typical Finnish food” most of us will probably struggle to come up with any immediate associations. Finnish cuisine has not exactly left its mark in international haute cuisine, and there are considerably fewer Finnish restaurants around the world than Italian, French or Chinese.

Finnish food can easily be described as a mix between Scandinavian and Russian cuisine, logically enough given its geographical location. If you ask for typical Finnish food at a local restaurant, chances are you will be served reindeer or salmon in one form or another.

Helsinki has now become an international metropolis where you will find restaurants with hints from all the world’s cuisine in addition to the usual fast food places. The Finns in no way doubt their traditional eating habits, nothing more than Norwegians, who do not exactly eat smallmouth and lutefish daily.

If you want a good burger then a local tip is to find your way to Kuja Bar & Bistro in Hakaniemenkatu 7 street. Open all days of the week until quite late (except Sundays when they close 2100). Kuja Bar & Bistro is known for wonderful burgers in all varieties and their brunch dishes. The atmosphere is laid back! Read more about Kuja Bar & Bistro.

Ravintola Bellevue

Why not try something you are guaranteed not to eat at home? In the street Rahapajankatu 3 in Helsinki you will find a restaurant more Russian than those found in Russia. In fact, safe sources, so-called rumors, say that this is the oldest Russian restaurant outside Eastern Europe. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Read more on the website of Ravintola Bellevue.


Sami restaurants do not abound in Norway either, so you can take the opportunity to test Lappi in Annankatu 22, an awesome place with timber walls and fireplace.


Among Helsinki’s restaurants, Kosmos has become an institution. They opened their doors in 1924, and have been a favorite place for the city’s politicians, actors and artists ever since. The cosmos is located in Kalevankatu 3.

Of the beverages, the vodka Finlandia and Koskenkorva and the beer Lapin Kulta are among the internationally best known.


Gourmet pizza is what the restaurant Slate [see image first in article] lures with. And it is true that the pizzas here are very special. It’s a little special place to eat too. For Skiffer is located on Liuskaluoto which is a small island near Helsinki. There are boats here almost all the time from Merisatamanranta.

Slate is open from 1100 to 2130 on weekdays, except Fridays when it closes at 2330. On Saturdays, Slate is open from 1400 to 2330 and Sundays from 1400 to 2000. The address is Erottajankatu 11. Read more on the Slate website.