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Market Square Kauppatori, Helsinki

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Find fresh seafood, moose meat, and authentic Finnish souvenirs at Market Square Kauppatori. Nestled on the Baltic shore at the hearth of Helsinki, the market is also a departure point for ferry cruises to nearby islands. This popular tourist destination and shopping location bustles with activity from spring to autumn, with the October herring market being the highlight of the season. Try salmon soup with rye bread or "lihapiirakka," a traditional Finnish meat pastry, at one of the many outdoor cafes. Watch for hungry seagulls while you're eating, as they've been known to take food from unsuspecting tourists. Before you head to Helsinki, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Helsinki trip planner, to make sure you see all that Helsinki has to offer, including Market Square Kauppatori.
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  • If you go to the Kauppatori (Outside Market) at this time of year you will find that it is The annual Herring Market. Always held during the first full week in October, the market has been happening.....  more »
  • For souvenirs, this is a better place than local souvenir shops downtown. Perfect example - I bought a large and very high quality reindeer pelt for less than half the price of much smaller and far...  more »
  • The glistening of the cobblestones is light enough to trick you into a bygone era. Or else almost enough. I love this market place. The stalls and the chatter as tourists catch a ferry or search out a meal. A beautiful centre of the city and a place I found myself drawn to again and again while in Helsinki.
  • Great little market! We had a lot of fun looking at the local shops and local food. It's small but located right by the centre and by the water, a very nice place for a photo. We had some delicious traditional fish soup at one of the little cafes.

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