The cobblestoned market square in Hakaniemi is arguably the sunniest and most urbane place in Helsinki where you can enjoy morning porridge and coffees. The stalls sell a wide range of seasonal produce, including vegetables, root vegetables, mushrooms, berries and herbs, as well as summer flowers. Street musicians also perform in the market, entertaining passers-by. Probably the best time to visit the market is on a summer morning, but you can treat yourself to coffees and cinnamon buns in the orange tent of the “Coffee Sisters” all year round.
In addition to food stalls, cafés and restaurants, the glass hall also houses an impressive range of other artisan products and special services, including shoe repairs, hats, clothing and accessories, kitchen utensils, spices, coffees, teas and conserves. The market hall and market square also host numerous small seasonal and thematic events throughout the year.
4 x food places
The “Soup Kitchen” is famous for its bouillabaisse, which is served daily alongside two other lunch soups made from fresh seasonal ingredients and homemade bread with herb oil.
Marja Nätti’s fish stall has its own café that serves delicious fish dishes, including shrimp and salmon sandwiches, as well as tasty pastries and pies – including classic Finnish “kalakukko” fish pies!
3. På Kroken Bar
Next to Ekström’s fish stall you will find På Kroken Bar, where you can sit and enjoy oysters and lobster soup with a drink. You can also buy fresh takeaway fish dishes!
The “Hall Café” serves home-cooked lunches, as well as special coffees and teas, pastries, sandwiches and pies. You can also see the table regularly occupied by Finnish presidents Tarja Halonen and Sauli Niinistö!
5 x delicacies
Lentävä Lehmä, the “Flying Cow”, sells an impressive selection of international cheeses, as well as organic chicken eggs and churned butter. Try also the Finnish cheeses at Perinteinen Juustopuoti, the “Traditional Cheese Shop”, especially the goat bread cheese, fried egg cheese and first milk (colostrum).
2. Green and colourful
The market hall’s delightful vegetable stands Tmi Merja Valo and Luomopuoti sell herbs, berries and fruits alongside seasonal produce from local farms. The colourful selection will make your mouth water all year round!
The fish merchants at the market sell both warm-smoked and salted fish, shrimp and crayfish, marinated and fresh herring, fish roe and salmon, as well as oysters, scallops and even octopus. Try the thinly sliced gravlax at Rosendahl’s, the smoked fish at Ekström’s, the fresh local fish at Reitin Kala, the shrimp sandwiches at Marja Nätti’s, or the more exotic seafood treats at Kala Patagonico!
Hakaniemi Market Hall is famous for its fresh meats. Liha-Haka will cut and prepare meat as you like it, Reinin Liha sells fresh specialty meats, such as Åland lamb, game and its own fresh sausages. Kestoleike sells cold cuts and Roinis specialises in Italian prosciutto!
5. Breads and pastries
You can buy Finland’s national food, rye bread, at Helsinki Leipä and organic and unleavened breads from Leipätori. Keliapuoti sells delicious gluten-free breads, meat pies and cinnamon buns. Tuffen Herkku is popular for its Bedouin bread. Sannan Kahvila-Konditoria sells a wide selection of pastries from local bakeries, including Eromanga’s meat pies and sugar donuts. Marian Konditoria also sells authentic Karelian pies!