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A city of Northern Lights

Many refer to Helsinki as a “miniature version of St Petersburg.” Although the Russian influence is dominant, Helsinki was shaped by influences from both the East and West. This is a young city, nestled in an archipelago of hundreds of tiny islands that create a heavenly environment for cruises. Helsinki is a laid-back city, ideal for tranquil holidays, and romantic encounters under the splendid Northern Lights (visible during cold winters).

 Hakaniemi Market HallCC BY-SA 3.0

Hakaniemi Market Hall

Hakaniemi Market Hall

An old fashioned market hall

An old fashioned market hall Editors' Note

Once Hakaniemi was a district inhabited mainly by the poor and working class people. Things have changed, and the district is today known for its iconic building, the Hakaniemi Market Hall, designed by Karl Hård af Segerstad in 1914.

The Hakaniemi Market Hall is one of the most popular markets in Helsinki, the place to go for fresh fish and organic foods and vegetables. There are over fifty specialty stores spreading on the two floors of the building, including a bookstore, a shoe repair workshop and a fashion store.

Hakaniemi Market Hall
Hakaniemen torikatu, 00530 Helsinki