These are the market halls in Helsinki and their outdoor markets:
1) Old Market Hall and Kauppatori Market - the Old Market Hall is under renovation and will open next year (centre of the city).
2) Hietalahti Market Hall and Market - this entry (west of the city)
3) Hakaniemi Market Hall and Market - will post soon (north of the city)
Hietalahti Market Square
Address: Lönnrotinkatu 34 (western part of Helsinki near the harbour)
The outdoor market is on the market square of the Hietalahti market hall. They sell almost anything here, farmers fresh produce direct from the farmers themselves (they arrive in their produce truck and some of the vegetables still have soil on them), antique and curiosa, vintage clothing and accessories, lots of fur coats (because this is Finland my love) and many more.
This is a typical farmer selling his own produce.
A little outdoor restaurant.
Hietalahti Kauppahalli Saluhall (Hietalahti Market Hall)
Website: Hietalahti Kauppahalli Saluhall
For starters, this market hall is 110 years old. There are many stalls here selling traditional and gourmet food, a selection of fresh fish and meat, as well as charcuterie, lots of organic produce and a few food stalls where you can sit down, relax and have a bite. I really enjoyed my time here.
Mon-Fri 8-18, Sat 8-16, Sun closed (on summer Sundays during 5.5-25.8. at 10-16)
I had a quick breakfast bite here at Robert’s Coffee.
The Nordic people are big meat and fish eaters, especially salmon fish and reindeer meat.
There are tables on the second floor as well.
These are the popular Nordic open sandwiches. In Denmark these are gourmet specialty open sandwiches called smorrebrod or smushi and are served in cafes and restaurants for lunch. Read here it here: Traditional Danish lunch experience: Smorrebrod at Aamanns
Lots of berry products in the Nordics. In Finland they are famous for their lingonberries.
Breakfast at Robert’s Coffee: Cappuccino + Muna Riisi Piirakka
Website: Roberts Coffee
Robert’s Coffee is a local coffee chain in Finland and they are everywhere in Helsinki. They serve very good coffee though and to experience true Finnish coffee, baked products and hospitality, I suggest to patronise the local coffee shops when you are here.
Trivia: Did you know that the Finns drink more coffee than any of us drink in the world?
Here is the top six coffee consumers in the world: 1) Finland 2) Norway 3) Iceland) 4) Denmark 5) Netherlands 6) Sweden. Source
Except for the Netherlands, they are all from the Nordics, must have been the cold? I can confirm though that coffee to the Dutch is like medication, they need it. The Dutchman here at home for example cannot live without his coffee.
I am not a big breakfast person so this small pasty is already a lot for me for a morning meal.
This ‘Muna Riisi Piirakka’ is a small puff pastry filled with cooked rice and chopped hard-boiled egg and spices. Only in Finland.
I find it very interesting that the Finnish use rice as a filling in their pastries. There is in fact another famous Finnish pie called ‘Karelian’ and it is also filled with cooked rice. I mean, isn’t that just redundant, so overdone? Carbohydrates on carbohydrates. Not a good thing especially with our ever expanding waistlines. But they taste really good! So I highly recommend this.
One of my best breakfast experience in a market hall is at Torvehallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark: Smushi for breakfast at Torvehallerne KBH in Copenhagen!
Visit Period: May 2013
Destination: Helsinki, Finland
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