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Market Square (Kauppatori)

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Why locals love it

Helsinki’s famous Havis Amanda fountain, or “Manta”, stands here. Sculpted in Paris in 1906 by famous Finnish artist Ville Vallgren, she was moved to her present location two years later. Every year on May Day students from local universities give her a student hat, amidst great pomp and ceremony and a crowd of thousands.

Why you should visit it

A must for visitors to the city, come and watch the boats and the seagulls, and chat to the (mostly) cheerful stall-holders. If you’re after some quaint Finnish souvenirs you might as well get them here, as well as some great salmon soup or other traditional fish dishes.

Special tip

The ferry to Suomenlinna also leaves from here. Make sure you catch the public ferry - it’s cheaper than the private tour boats.

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My favorite spot for lunch on a warm day in Helsinki. Try the salmon soup, or some fried vendace with garlic sause. Also the coffee in the market square is legendary.
November 12, 2018
Would like to check whether market square is opened on the Independence Day which is 6 Dec.
November 8, 2018
Early morning market square coffees by the sea. Especially at summer, but warm coffee available winter time also. 👌🏻
February 19, 2018
Genuine market place. Watch out for the seagulls in summer!
November 2, 2016
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