A Tale of Two Shopping Cities: Copenhagen and Helsinki
Shopping along Strøget in Copenhagen may make you lose your mind. (Photo: e g g/Flickr)
If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, the road to HEL is chock full of amazing Scandinavian design. HELsinki, that is. Just hop aboard Finnair Flight 666 from Copenhagen (seriously) and you’ll have yourself a HEL-uva weekend in retail heaven.
(Somebody at IATA, the trade association for the world’s airline industry that determines airport codes and flight numbers, clearly has a sense of humor.)
Here’s a quick shopping guide to Northern Europe’s most sophisticated capital cities.
Rooftops in the Helsinki Design District (Photo: Timo Junttila)
There are design destinations dotted around Copenhagen and Helsinki, but each city boasts its own particular area that can serve as a great starting point for doing some serious credit card damage.
Copenhagen: Take a stroll downtown to the Danish capital’s lively shopping street Strøget. It’s among the longest pedestrian streets in Europe. Stores range from the Danish toy manufacturer Lego to top design houses, including Georg Jensen and Royal Copenhagen.
Helsinki: The city’s pride and joy is its Design District, a 25-block area in the center packed with over 200 creative shops (look for black and white signs designating official Design District community partners). It’s easy to get a crash course in Scandinavian style in places like the flagship store of Artek, which specializes in everything aesthetic from art to industrial design.
Anna Heino - Design Jewellery in the Helsinki Design District (Photo: Timo Junttila)