The Old Market Hall Helsinki is Finland’s oldest indoor market serving some traditional treats. Here’s all the info you need for visiting.
Old Market Helsinki is located just across from Allas Sea Pool, in the main ferry dock of Helsinki.
This is an excellent market hall for just trying a range of high quality Finnish snacks and delicacies.
It is around a 10 minute walk from Helsinki Central Railway Station.
If you don’t fancy walking, the closest tram stop is Kauppatori. Just a 100m walk to the entrance.
If you plan on using public transport you can buy a Helsinki City Card, which allows unlimited use of Helsinki public transport for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
It is free to visit the Old Market Hall.
Old Market Hall Opening Times
Monday – Saturday: 8am – 6pm.
Best Time To Visit Old Market Hall + Tips
This is popular destination for tourists and, of course, locals so can get pretty busy, especially on Saturdays.
Get there early if you want to beat some of the tourists, especially if you want first pick of the fresh produce. Or, later in the afternoon it becomes a little quieter and there is still plenty on offer.
The Old Market Hall is a great spot to visit for coffee or lunch with lots of great eating places.
What To Pack
The Old Market Hall in Helsinki is the oldest indoor market in all of Finland and has always been a place for local vendors to sell their produce to the masses.
It was designed by architect Gustaf Nystrom, who had studied how market halls were built in large European cities.
The construction of the market hall was started in 1888, but due to problems with cement delivery, the market hall did not open until 1889.
At the time of opening the hall had 120 stalls as well as 6 shops in the central gallery. Regulations stated that vendors were allowed to sell meat products, eggs, butter, cheese and garden produce.
At the turn of the century, some of the fish trade from the outdoor marketplace was also moved into the hall.
The situation of the market hall on the waterfront makes for a very scenic setting. Beautiful if you’re looking to take some Helsinki Instagram photos.
Food & Drink
This vibrant indoor market has a charming interior and a lively atmosphere.
It has an exceptionally diverse selection of foods for sale always inspired by the current season, including traditional Finnish food and not so traditional foods.
There are over twenty shops including one of the best Helsinki butchers, fishmongers, that sell the highly recommended salmon, and a range of delicatessens, cafes and restaurants.
There are coffee stalls that sell good coffee and offer a place to sit and chat or watch the hustle and bustle. As well as great restaurants selling tasty food.
Or you can just wander through the market and browse the incredible selection of goods on offer.
Some of the more unusual delicacies you can try are reindeer spring rolls, elk kebabs, reindeer soup, reindeer chips and bear in a can!
Top Tip -The soup stall sells a variety of steaming soups, but don’t leave it too late as they close when they have sold out. The popular speciality soup is salmon.
With the variety of different foods on offer under one roof, this is the ideal place to grab lunch or a snack during your city tour and check out some local delicacies.
This indoor market is very popular with tourists and locals and can get quite busy, especially in the mornings and early afternoons.
We took a walk around and tried some of the local delicacies. And although it’s only worthy of a short stop, it definitely gave us a real feel for the Finnish people.
A MUST-SEE if you’re looking for the best things to do in Helsinki in winter and you’ll understand why it’s one of the capitals longest reigning attractions.
Where To Stay In Helsinki
Established in 1887 as Finland’s grand hôtel, Hotel Kämp is located in the heart of Helsinki opposite the beautiful Esplanade park.
The hotel features 179 spacious rooms, 15 of which are luxurious suites.
The spacious rooms combine historical elegance with high-quality facilities. All rooms feature comfortable beds, marble bathrooms and Chromecast-streaming systems.
Guests can also order in-room dining and enjoy the lovely view over the park, the city or the inner courtyard.
The Brasserie Kämp a la carte menu boasts a wide range of European dishes and an extensive list of beverages.
Featuring the Plaza Restaurant, this historical hotel from 1917 is next to Kaisaniemi Park, 150 yards from Helsinki Central Station.
All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee maker and Magic Dream beds with a pillow menu. All rooms also come with Finnish design items. Some rooms offer city views.
Free fitness centre access and modern air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi are all available.
Plaza Restaurant also serves drinks, while snacks and light dishes are available at the 24-hour lobby bar. Room service is also available all day long.
Located on Helsinki’s Katajanokka island, this hostel is a 5-minute tram ride from the city centre.
Eurohostel’s fresh, simple rooms have shared bathroom facilities. Additional communal areas include kitchens and lounge rooms.
Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet onsite. Eurohostel’s lobby also has vending machines with drinks and snacks. T
he 24-hour reception sells city passes and tickets to attractions. Staff can also recommend area activities.
Kauppatori Market Square is 10 minutes‘ walk away. It offers guest kitchens, free WiFi and a free morning sauna.
Bed sheets and towels are also inclusive of your stay.
For more places to stay in Helsinki, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.