I guess every country (and its capital) has a big department store that has a great selection of everything. If you go to London, you need to go to Harrods. In New York, you just have to go to Macy’s. In Spain you’ll end up in El Corte Inglés. And in Helsinki you have Stockmann.
Sure, it’s probably already on your list of things to check out, but if not… you should put it in there. It can be somewhat touristy too, but not to worry; locals do go there too. It has a really good selection of treats in the grocery store. A lot of things that you might not even get from other stores.
The department store side has plenty of things to offer. Clothing, kitchenware, cosmetics… all that jazz. I have somehow ended up buying a new suit here twice during the last six months. It might not be the cheapest of places, but neither are Harrods and Macy’s and so on. It’s a more upscale experience, but still attainable. You don’t have to spend a fortune there, but you can if you want.
They just had the so called “crazy days” (Hullut Päivät), which is why there’s a yellow ghost on the picture. It’s the sale they do every autumn, but you generally want to skip that or you might go crazy. 🙂 The place is packed during those days.