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Where to shop/where to dine in Finland and Estonia?

post #1 of 16
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Greetings,

Next month I will be in Tallinn and Helsinki for about 6 days each.

I would appreciate any suggestions regarding shops to check out and/or restaurants to try.

While I won't have much to spend, what I have will go farther given the current positive $/Euro exchange rate. smile.gif
post #2 of 16
For more or less tailored apparel I would suggest these:

-Stockmann, a large department store
-Solo For Men, a large, specialized selection
-Fere, a small high-end store with the finest makers
-Vaatturiliike Sauma, a tailoring store with an interesting selection of Italian makers
-E.R. Wahlman, a specialized hat store

All of these have websites with more or less info in english.

For additional info:
http://dresslikea.com/tagged/helsinki/chrono

Do let me know if I can help you further. Welcome to the North!
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by VRaivio View Post

For more or less tailored apparel I would suggest these:

-Stockmann, a large department store
-Solo For Men, a large, specialized selection
-Fere, a small high-end store with the finest makers
-Vaatturiliike Sauma, a tailoring store with an interesting selection of Italian makers
-E.R. Wahlman, a specialized hat store

All of these have websites with more or less info in english.

For additional info:
http://dresslikea.com/tagged/helsinki/chrono

Do let me know if I can help you further. Welcome to the North!

Thank you for the information. I assume these are all in Helsinki?
post #4 of 16
Yes, all of these are in Helsinki, close to the center. Stockmann is actually held as the center spot of the center.
post #5 of 16
For restaurants I would suggest Savoy for views and interior, Chez Dominique for Michelin-starred (two) dining, Farang or Gaijin for popular Asian fusion food, Muru for a bistro-type experience, La Torrefazzione for coffee, and Kämp terrace for people spotting and beer / wine. All are located more or less at the centre of Helsinki and most have a website in English. Welcome!
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Jamesgatz View Post

For restaurants I would suggest Savoy for views and interior, Chez Dominique for Michelin-starred (two) dining, Farang or Gaijin for popular Asian fusion food, Muru for a bistro-type experience, La Torrefazzione for coffee, and Kämp terrace for people spotting and beer / wine. All are located more or less at the centre of Helsinki and most have a website in English. Welcome!

Thank you very much for the detailed information. I am always looking for new gastronomic experiences when I am abroad.


I am guessing that Tallinn will not have much to offer given the dearth of info so far. I wonder if there are any Estonians on the board. eh.gif
post #7 of 16
I haven't encountered a single Estonian here.
post #8 of 16
I know we have one active member from Estonia, but can't recall his nickname.

There is one fine store in Tallinn, Estonia, called Classic Boutique. If they're still up and runing, CB sells C&J shoes and similar quality garments, but I've only read about them, never visited. The address is Nunne 5, in the old town of Tallinn.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by VRaivio View Post

I know we have one active member from Estonia, but can't recall his nickname.

There is one fine store in Tallinn, Estonia, called Classic Boutique. If they're still up and runing, CB sells C&J shoes and similar quality garments, but I've only read about them, never visited. The address is Nunne 5, in the old town of Tallinn.

Thanks again for the tip. In any event, I will report back on what I find in Tallinn.
post #10 of 16
I know nothing about this store other than I bought a pair of Tricker's from the factory shop that were originally a custom make-up for them.
Anyway, they're in Tallinn.
http://www.sfaar.ee/store/?lang=en
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

I know nothing about this store other than I bought a pair of Tricker's from the factory shop that were originally a custom make-up for them.
Anyway, they're in Tallinn.
http://www.sfaar.ee/store/?lang=en


Groovy. Thanks.
post #12 of 16
DpprDr is the only Estonian active SF member I know of. Perhaps he can chime in if you send him a PM.
post #13 of 16
Another restaurant recommendation: Olo has been a rising star in recent years and taps into popularity of new Scandinavian cuisine made famous by Noma. Located near the Esplanade park in the middle of Helsinki.

For a popular tourist culinary experience grab some Baltic herring for lunch or pancakes for breakfast at the Helsinki market square.
post #14 of 16
For my recommendation for a restaurant, the Sea Horse makes some quintessentially Finnish foods very well.
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
I greatly appreciate all the help.

A not entirely unrelated question, what is the summer (i.e., June) warm weather typically like - humid or dry?

It is already uncomfortably sticky in the DC metro region and I would love a break from it.
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