Flea markets-wise, Helsinki has also much to offer: not only has the popularity of flea markets grown tremendously over the past years, but the city council seems to encourage this initiative. Besides its famous landmarks and activities, Finland’s capital city hosts two major flea markets which attract hundreds of vendors and tens of thousands of visitors every year from Spring to Falls. The Hietalahti flea market and the Hakaniemi flea market are Helsinki’s most awaited & acclaimed flea markets.
Once a week in summer, since 1897, the Hakaniemi Sunday flea market welcomes around 200 flea market vendors on the Hakaniemi square. In addition to flea market merchants, the event also welcomes artisans who wish to sell their own crafts. The Hakaniemi Sunday flea market is run by Päivyt Toivonen and Orvokki Hyytinen, two young entrepreneurs and flea market gurus who are also in charge of the Kattilahalli and Cable Factory flea markets.
According to the founders of the Hakaniemi Sunday flea market, this event has tremendously grown in popularity. People have nowadays come to understand the true meaning of flea markets: you save money and the environment. Therefore, the Hakaniemi Sunday flea market is slowly becoming not only an exchange spot, but also a meeting place for vendors, shoppers and local citizens
And since a trip to the flea market wouldn’t be complete without trying one of the local delicacies, it is strongly advised to make a stop at one of the nearby cafes which offers traditional outdoor market treats: salmon soup, sausages, hot dogs, sweet delicacies and waffles. The Sunday market also hosts a liquorice (locally known as salmiakki) stall typical to outdoor fairs in Finland.