Delicatessens in Helsinki

A view from above, one man is standing behind a counter full of different raw and cooked meats waiting for customers, while the other two are cleaning and preparing more products.
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A culinary tour of Helsinki would not be complete without visiting one of the wonderful delicatessens. We especially recommend the following six places.

Old cobblestone market halls are a thing great pride and joy for Helsinkians. They have essentially been preserved in amber, hence when you step into the Hakaniemi Market Hall, that has been temporarily been shifted into a glass building due to maintenance renovations, you feel a sense of history. 

The Hakaniemi Market Hall is full of vendors that offer an array of baked treats and copious amounts to coffee to kick start your day. Apart from baked goods, the market is home to local small businesses and you can find fresh fish, premium meats (Reinin liha is legendary), arguably the best feta cheese in Finland (Maustekeidas sells everything from turmeric to preserved lemons) and lots of other delicious cheeses too (there’s nearly always a line in front of Lentävä lehmä, the “Flying Cow”).

The former Helsinki abattoir from 1933, re-opened in 2012 as Teurastamo Helsinki, is a melting pot of food and urban culture. Currently there are a dozen active businesses operating in the Teurastamo area, ranging from restaurants to urban events, from an artisanal ice cream shop to a coffee roastery and from a distillery to a pasta factory. 

Food Market Herkku is Stockmann department store's well-groomed grocery store. Herkku is a food market that takes its inspiration of the market halls, street food and food trends of the big cities around the world, but in essence is a far more posh way of buying groceries. At Food Market Herkku you will find fresh local ingredients, seasonal meals, best in class service and party catering options.

Anton & Anton is a full-service food market. From meal kits to prepared healthy food options, the store offers an array of options that in essence make meal time easy and healthy. Fresh, seasonal meat, fish, bread, cheeses, fruits and vegetables, and a hand-picked selection of artisanal goodies from well-known Finnish brands. 

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A culinary tour of Helsinki would not be complete without visiting one of the wonderful delicatessens. We especially recommend the following six places.