H = Helsinki Market

HThe Helsinki Market is on a wharf near the City Hall and steps away from a central park and shopping district. What is nice about this market is the local artisans and food. When you first step into the market, there are a number of fruit and vegetable stands — very similar to the farmer’s markets around Toronto. The fruit looked — and tasted — amazing!


Market Stalls
Market stalls

Next are the craft stalls. Many of them were filled with hand-knitted hats, mittens, scarves and sweaters, with the artisans sitting at the stalls knitting new items.

Knitters at the market
Knitters at the market

There were other types of designs as well, from hand-dyed woven clothing to wood-carved toys. It was a delightful way to spend an afternoon watching people and talking to some of the designers.

Of course, what is a trip to the market without food!  There were several stalls that served some traditional — and not so traditional — Finnish food. I have to say, I really enjoy the smoked reindeer meat balls!

Finnish Food stall in the market
Finnish Food stall in the market
"Paella" with smoked reindeer meatballs
“Paella” with smoked reindeer meatballs

Here is more on my day in Helsinki.