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Private Walking Tour of Helsinki Arabia District of Art and Design
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Nice small shops

you could feel that Helsinki is small city with great designs when you come this area. My favorite is Papershop and Lokal

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

you could feel that Helsinki is small city with great designs when you come this area. My favorite is Papershop and Lokal

Thank Moyashinen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I knew I wanted to go see the Design District as soon as I read about it. Now, I am by no means an artist or designer myself, but I appreciate the Scandinavian/Nordic aesthetic and aspire to incorporate it into my own life in small ways. We walked around the many shops after spending some time in the Design Museum.... More 

Thank framboise001
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Would not highly recommend this area unless you're spending time at the nearby Design Museum. The design shops are a good number but spread far apart. Good records shops around though.

Thank KamalMamat
Haacht, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Helsinki is the center of Finnish design, so I really wanted to have a look at the shops. I found the Finnish design beautiful and timeless, but also very expensive. Even so I managed to buy some lovely home decorations for less then € 10. I liked the Punavuori neighbourhood, more or less the heart of the design district. it... More 

Thank Globetrotter045
Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We knew about the design district before our trip and headed there right from our bus. While there are plenty of design houses and design businesses, many with window displays, the retail aspect was weak. Retail is quite spread out and underwhelming. There's a lot of walking and the few places we went were also very expensive. We soon moved... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

In the Design District is also the Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Visit and get a deeper view of Finnish design and architecture over the years.Located just south of the centre, it stretches across 25 streets and includes more than 100 points of interest, from shops and galleries to design studios and hotels. Look up a map... More 

Thank Phayao13
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Different types of shops are clustered in different areas, so be sure to check a design district map before you head out. The Finns have a great colourful scandi design aesthetic that I would highly recommend!

1 Thank RhiannonBNE
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

This is a lovely area to walk through and view different aspects of design - from clothes to jewellery to kitchen gadgets, you will find it all here! A word of warning though - beautiful goods but it's a very expensive area in which to shop!

Thank casswife
Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

Spending a weekend in Helsinki, my girl friend and I were looking forward to visit the much touted design district. To be honest, we were disappointed. Although a very handy map was provided by the hotel, the various stores are very scattered over a fairly large number of locations and the venues are not perceived to be part of a... More 

2 Thank globelite
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

Apart from the shops' location that maybe a little bit scattered, this is an area where you can get inspirations especially if you're not a professional designer like me. There are many interesting shapes and colours in the design. I spent few hours and walked in several shops here, and I really enjoyed it. I even asked the staff at... More 

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