To get the most out of Helsinki shopping you have to know where and when to look - if you do, you can pick up things you’ll treasure for life. The city boasts a myriad of small boutique and designer stores and Nordic design is famed for its minimalism, functionality and simple beauty. In many of the smaller clothing boutiques you’ll often hear the hum of the sewing machine from the back room, and these little neighbourhood ateliers are where you’ll find the most precious and unique pieces. If you’re lucky enough to be on town on one of the days when a fashion or design fair is being held, you’ll pick up everything from handmade shoes to leathergoods and designer appliances at heavily discounted prices. And if this is still out of your price range, rest assured, the flea markets, antique stores and thrift shops of Helsinki are many and varied enough to keep you blissfully occupied for weeks, without making a dent in your finances.