Kruununhaka for antique lovers
The wide, stony streets of Kruununhaka are a marked contrast to Kallio’s density. The pace of life here is definitely less frenetic but the neighbourhood has several excellent vintage shops and three of the finest that you should visit:
Play It Again Sam
Play It Again Sam has the reputation as the best vintage store in the city. The landmark shop carries high end vintage clothing from late 19th century to the 1970s and is a destination for those wishing to buy or rent costumes for fancy dress parties and the theatre. A Black Swan ballet costume, an early twentieth century wedding gown and a beautiful pink sequinned flapper dress from Paris all grace the shop. Elegance personified, this place is a mecca for vintage clothing lovers.
Lasikammari is another jewel in Kruununhaka’s crown. There is likely not a better display of vintage Iittala glassware in the city. The owner has been collecting for twenty years and she has only the best in her shop. Each piece is labelled and dated and many items have the original drawings and blueprints for the design. A wonderful place to buy gifts for a wedding or other special occasion.
Kaunis Arki (pictured)
Kaunis Arki is a visual treat for the eyes. Beautifully cluttered with classic Finnish design from days gone by, you will find furniture, lighting and housewares here, all in pristine condition.