My sister and I visited the markets in Helsinki after spending half the day on Suomenlinna Island. I highly recommend visiting the island if you like historic walks. We would have been there longer had it been during the Summer months, but some buildings are closed outside Summer.
As the port was right next to the markets, we decided to explore them. We walked to the Market Square and then headed down to the Old Market Hall.
Market Square / Kauppatori
The market square is outside and has mostly fresh fruit and vegetables for sale, along with some stalls selling hats and trinkets. The site states they open early in the morning, but we found they weren’t quite set up until around lunch time – this may be because it was October.
There is a wonderful stall that sells berry jam and the owner is very passionate about her local specialty, bilberry jam! The taste is rather unique and I’ve not seen many bilberry products so I bought a jar! She also sells lingonberry jam and cloudberry jam. As you can sample them, I encourage you to give them a try!
Old Market Hall / Vanha Kauppahalli
The Old Market Hall contains several cafes and shops selling food. We were instantly drawn to this one cafe called Story, more specifically we saw a few people eating this fish soup and decided we wanted to try it out! We were not disappointed, it was creamy and freshly prepared with salmon and potatoes. This was especially warming after spending all day outside in the cold!
Definitely, visit both markets if your time allows it! The food is exceptional!
Address: Eteläranta, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
Old Market Hall
Address: Eteläranta, 00130 Helsinki, Finland
MissPond10th November 2016 at 10:57 am
I’d love to go to Helsinki! I’m so jealous. Food markets abroad are always well worth a visit I think 🙂
Elsa Eats10th November 2016 at 1:44 pm
Oh definitely, I feel like I absorb more about daily life from just walking around a local food market!
Sarah | The Urban Wanderer10th November 2016 at 12:22 pm
I love local food markets, especially where the vendors are passionate about their products (I love Bilberry Jam!) Helsinki is also a place I’d love to visit.
Elsa Eats10th November 2016 at 1:43 pm
You’ve tried bilberry jam? No way! Where did you get it from??
Sarah | The Urban Wanderer10th November 2016 at 2:46 pm
Yes, it is lovely! One of the volunteers at my job a few years ago was a forager and made some jam from the bilberries she collected. I go to try some when she had some in the office with her 🙂 I know that Meridian do some organic Wild Blueberry jam, which you can buy for around £2.50 in Holland and Barrett 🙂