• Design District Helsinki

    Design Forum Finland

    Design District Helsinki is where design and creativity are about everywhere you see. Design Forum Finland’s changing exhibitions spotlight the latest phenomena in Finnish design. The same space also houses a design shop and the Kakkugalleria café.



    Founded by a designer who moved to Finland from Hong Kong, 2OR+BYYAT is a clothes store specialising in sustainable and poetically beautiful women’s fashion.


  • SPIS

    Helsinki has inspired some Scandinavian restaurants to open doors until late at night in some of the most attractive addresses. SPIS is an 18-seat homey-like Nordic restaurant serving artisan wines, Nordic brews of beer and fresh food from local ingredients, made into arty dishes.


  • Artek 2nd cycle

    Artek is a corner stone of Finnish design. Lasting, beautiful, functional furniture, homeware and interior objects that you should buy now and keep as long as you live. Artek 2nd Cycle store takes care of the rest.

    Artek flagship store is on the Esplanade (Eteläesplanadi 18).



  • Iittala flagship store

    Iittala Helsinki Esplanade flagship store, originally a showroom designed by Professor Kaj Franck in the 1950s, highlights the entire collection, heritage and the expanding interior collection of Iittala. Iittala stands for timeless stories, lasting design, handmade art and a wide selection of interior items for all rooms in the home.


  • Johanna Gullichsen

    Johanna Gullichsen designs modern and handcraft textiles of natural materials with bold and simple graphics and patterns for the visual-savvy in a beautiful location by the Fredrik Square in Punavuori. The shop is not always open so it is advisable to book an appointment in advance!


  • Kauniste

    Kauniste shop at Fredrikinkatu offers playful designs and patterns for the home and away mostly by young Finnish graphic and visual artists – fabrics, bags, kitchen towels, trays and blankets.


  • Lokal Café & Shop

    Lokal is “72% art, 28% coffee”. Finnish contemporary art and design exhibitions, designer brunches and breakfasts in a small home like gallery space and coffee corner offering also books, vintage objects and freshly baked cake. Annankatu 19.


  • Sis.Deli Café's lingonberry liquorice & fudge

    Sis.Deli Café embraces pure and fresh design in both its decor and products. A fresh deli concept by sisters Anu and Kaisa serves organic, local and healthy fast food and takeaway in three Design District locations, e.g. Kalevankatu 4.


  • Marimekko

    A Finnish design icon since 1949. There is probably a Marimekko shirt, dress or curtain in every Finnish home. Marimekko still creates beauty to our everyday lives and is one of the most creative design brands in Finland. Marimekko Aleksinkulma, in the corner of Aleksanterinkatu and Keskuskatu in Helsinki, is focusing solely on fashion.


  • Globe Hope

    Recycled never looked so good. Globe Hope is an innovative Finnish company that designs and manufactures ecological products from recycled and discarded materials – making army leftovers and seatbelts into laptop bags, jewellery and clothing. The shop in the picture can be found in the Kiseleff building by the Senate Square.


  • Napa & Paja

    Napa & Paja on the trendy street Eerikinkatu is a cosy jewellery designer studio & bookshop – offering an exclusive collection of handmade jewellery and a special selection of young artists’ books.


  • Museum of Finnish Architecture

    Finnish homes, schools, sustainability and contemporary living are popular themes of the exhibitions, talks and guided walks of the compact Museum of Finnish Architecture. It is situated on Kasarmikatu, right around the corner from the Design Museum on Korkeavuorenkatu.


  • Design is everywhere - it is within you

    This blanket is made by Lapuan Kankurit – their trademark being natural coloured wool and linen textiles inspired by the Finnish nature and fauna.


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Design District Helsinki

Design District Helsinki brings together creative people in the heart of Helsinki, just a 15-minute walk from the railway station. See our slide show for some inspiration.

The area takes in 25 different streets and 200 different places worth a second look, from interior design shops and fashion boutiques to jewellers, from antique shops to galleries and museums, and from restaurants to hotels and design agencies.

networked design

Design District Helsinki established in 2005 – starting as a network of entrepreneurs including Design Forum Finland, the national organisation that has been promoting Finnish design for over a remarkable 130 years.

Today Design District Helsinki is almost like a little city of its’ own characterised by local makers and doers who all contribute to the ever-changing scene of the area.

Here you will find the famous Finnish fashion and design brands from Marimekko, Iittala and Artek to the newly emerging artists, architects, designers, tastemakers, craftsmen, studios and superwomen of tomorrow – who are often displayed at Design Forum Finland shop and gallery in the very heart of the Design District.

a close-knit community

Design District Helsinki makes a lively hub of twenty-five blocks stretching from Kamppi and Esplanade to the core of the area called Punavuori, which still for many is the only real Design District.

Imagine meeting creatives from all fields of design forming a network of over two hundred members and a neighbourhood that blurs with originality, ideas and lots of energy.

To locate the shops, stops and studios they are marked with round black-and-white Design District identity stickers. It is not only for navigating in the quarters but also for giving the shopkeepers a sense of belonging to a community and being part of a good cause.

late night shopping, markets and food walks

Design District Helsinki is also hosting a variety of events throughout the year – Design District Week, Design Markets, Late Night shopping evenings and a popular Christmas Market just about the same time as first snowflakes colour the streets in cosy white.

Design District Helsinki visitor guides and maps for the area are available in any of the shops, studios, cafés, restaurants, galleries and museums in the area.

Local guides have hosted design walks since 2005 and they still count as a popular walking tour for the design, art and architecture enthusiasts. Lately wine and food walks have been attracting a bunch of foodies to the area.

Meet the locals and stay for a while

Design District Helsinki is also about the multitalented people behind the counters and display windows telling and sharing about their favorites, insights and home-kind-of-feeling for the area. Their expertise covers architecture, art, design, film, food, fashion and genuine craftsmanship.

Get lost, pop in, say hello and stay for a while.


Helsinki is a modern pocket-sized European city of culture that is known for its design and high technology. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, which offers an endless number of exciting opportunities in summer and winter alike.

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