14 of the best local stores to discover in Helsinki
From homewares to hot young labels, we pick 14 of our favourite local brands, independent boutiques and concept stores in Helsinki
Concept store Moko Market & Café combines the best aspects of an interior design store with the atmosphere and refreshments of a charmingly quirky café. Peruse the selection of vintage furniture, linens, crockery, gift items, books and food and drink products inside the beautifully laid out store.
Moko Market & Café, Perämiehenkatu 10, 00150 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 4150 4500
A concept store with a conscience, Sofinah sells pieces that fit into your existing wardrobe and are ethically produced. The store buyers favour pieces by relatively unknown labels, focusing on unusual cuts and materials, but the values of each brand are as important as any style credentials.
Sofinah, Uudenmaankatu 17, 00120 Helsinki, +358 (0)44 566 8090
The workwear aesthetic is a popular choice for stylish men who prefer denim to tailoring, and Pinkomo offers high-quality garments to complete the look. Pieces range from hard-wearing boots by Chippewa and Red Wing to designer jeans by Edwin and Lee 101, plus dapper chambray shirts and padded jackets by Wrenchmonkees.
Pinkomo, Iso Roobertinkatu 20-22, 00120 Helsinki, +358 (0)50 408 1067
Combining an ethical outlook with a positive attitude, Nudge is a friendly and colourful concept store filled with brands that care about the environment. After some serious shopping, be sure to visit the in-store restaurant, which offers delicious dishes perfect for lunch – we recommend the Vietnamese rolls.
Nudge, Yrjönkatu 30, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)45 230 0525
While the brands and the décor are truly appealing, it’s the service at Nina’s that makes this boutique so special. It comes, without fail, with a smile.
Nina’s, Bulevardi 13, 00120 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 622 1002
Having decided at the tender age of 15 that designing shoes was her calling, Minna Parikka studied footwear design in London before returning to her native Helsinki in 2005 to launch her eponymous label. Loved by celebrities, street-style stars and fashion editors alike, Parikka’s irreverent, quirky and modern designs put the fun into footwear.
Minna Parikka, Aleksanterinkatu 36, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 667554
Part concept store, part coffee shop, Lokal offers a range of independent Finnish art, design and craft products as well as serving locally roasted coffee. Temporary thematic exhibitions are held throughout the year, while a selection of books, designer and vintage pieces is available year-round.
Lokal, Annankatu 19, 00120 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 684 9818
Located among the independent stores and cafés of Helsinki’s Design District, home and lifestyle store Kauniste was created to combine and encourage the talents of young Scandinavian creatives. A team that ranges from illustrators to craftspeople comes together to create textiles and interior accessories.
Kauniste, Fredrikinkatu 24, 00120 Helsinki, +358 (0)50 373 0111
Finnish homeware brand Iittala’s Helsinki flagship is designed to represent the brand as a modern force in Scandinavian design. Iittala offers something for every room in the home and the store highlights the brand’s versatility, with everything from electric lighting to minimalist china pieces.
Iittala, Pohjoisesplanadi 25, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)20 439 3501
For the most intriguing selection of classic furniture in the Finnish capital, be sure to visit Helsinki Secondhand. As well as furniture, there are also smaller antiques and curios. You might even be lucky enough to find vintage Moomin figurines – a perfect souvenir of your Finnish adventure.
Helsinki Secondhand, Korkeavuorenkatu 5, 00140 Helsinki, +358 (0)50 432 9013
Common is an unexpected corner of Japan in Helsinki. Opened in 2007, the store showcases Japanese design which, it believes, works in perfect harmony with classic Scandinavian style. The focus is on products with timeless appeal, from stationery and tea to porcelain and handbags.
Common, Laivurinrinne 1, 00120 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 670385
Founded in Tampere in 1820, Finlayson began as a cloth mill and soon built a strong reputation for its beautiful, high-quality fabrics and designs. Finlayson now has stores across Finland, offering everything from kitchen accessories to bed linens, and even a range featuring Finland’s most famous cartoon characters, the Moomins.
Finlayson, Eteläesplanadi 14, 00130 Helsinki, +358 (0)20 721 3706
Beamhill, which stocks a selection of the world’s most avant-garde fashion brands, is a must-visit boutique for those with an experimental approach to style. The store itself reflects the directional collections on offer. An exposed cage ceiling, designer light fittings and all-white flooring and cabinets create a starkly modern space.
Beamhill, Yliopistonkatu 5, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 622 2653
Based in Helsinki, young fashion brand 2Or+Byyat is recognised for its unconventional cuts and inventive textures. Pronounced ‘two or plus by Yat’, the label is headed up by creative design director Yat. The brand has two stores in Helsinki and the flagship is well worth a visit.
2Or+Byyat, Eerikinkatu 9, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 730101