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Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)

Pohjoisesplanadi 39, Helsinki 00100, Finland
+358 3 58912141
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One of my Highlights of Helsinki

I had a whole day of activities planned for my last day in Helsinki. I decided to blow them off to... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2017
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Wonderful Store

What a great bookstore. Can spend hours just roaming around. Wish we had something like that at... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2017
Scottsdale, Arizona
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Pohjoisesplanadi 39, Helsinki 00100, Finland
+358 3 58912141
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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 22 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 1 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 13 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 10 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

1  Thank pwaltari
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Every book ever written is available via this bookshop, if it has isbn code. Nicely layed out, possibility to check the books you are interested. Simply great service.

Thank Mato R
Reviewed 15 November 2016

In my opinion this is the best bookstore in Finland. Big, two stories high, beautiful old building in downtown Helsinki. Starbucks cafe located in first floor.

Thank Merja75
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