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Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)

Pohjoisesplanadi 39, Helsinki 00100, Finland
+358 3 58912141
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The best bookstore

This bookstore is an amazing place, located in center of Helsinki, near the important... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2017
Oprea M
if yua are keen on alvar aalto....visit here spes cafeteria very nice place miitle in helsinki corner esplanade and cent

situation next to warehouse stocmann in hearth of helsinki.very good in international newspapers... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Helsinki, Finland
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  • Average8%
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Pohjoisesplanadi 39, Helsinki 00100, Finland
+358 3 58912141
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

This bookstore is an amazing place, located in center of Helsinki, near the important shops/shopping centers. You can spend hours here, if you are a book lover, even those who are not will enjoy the time here. The atmosphere is wonderful. Even though the most...More

Thank Oprea M
Reviewed 3 October 2017

situation next to warehouse stocmann in hearth of helsinki.very good in international newspapers and maps etc wisit cafe in 2 floor just for alvar aalto design .not the ceapest but anyway the best

Thank tomi725
Reviewed 5 August 2017

I had a whole day of activities planned for my last day in Helsinki. I decided to blow them off to spend a couple of hours in this bookshop. I have no regrets. This store is AWESOME. Keep in mind that I have a Honours...More

Thank S S
Reviewed 23 July 2017

What a great bookstore. Can spend hours just roaming around. Wish we had something like that at home. All the good book stores are disappearing. If you like to read this is a worthwhile stop on a visit to Helsinki.

Thank Louvain71
Reviewed 2 June 2017

When Stockmann department store sold the iconic Akateeminen to the Swedes and opened a global chain cafeteria at the corner it brought out an uproar in devout locals, "the books they are selling at Starbucks back room" was the common joke. The building by Alvar...More

1  Thank Heli P
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This is the biggest book store in Finland now days owned by Bonnier publishing group, designed by Alvar Aalto world known Finnish architect, good light and cheers for reading.

Thank PieroSilvani
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Huse selection of books on all topics. Very good children's books amd art section. If they don't have it, they will gladly order it for you. Very friendly and helpful staff.

Thank r0sebush
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Have always been voted as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Mesmerising to just ogle at the architecture and not buying anything. Should try the Aalto Cafe though.

1  Thank KamalMamat
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Some years ago, I wrote a review highly praising this book store. It still remains possibly the best in town (you should also pay a visit to Suomalainen Kirjakauppa), but has downscaled considerable in the past few years, apparently due to increasing online shopping of...More

1  Thank Paula_Trav
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Akateeminen Kirjakauppa (Academic Bookstore) is a traditional bookstore with great variety of books and related products. The building was designed by the most famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto in 1969. "Akateeminen" (as it is commonly called) is one of the more monumental bookstores anywhere, and...More

2  Thank pwaltari
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