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Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)

Open today: 09:00 - 21:00
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Well worth a visit

I read somewhere on Internet that Academic Bookstore is the largest bookshop in Northern Europe... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2018
via mobile
great store with great variety of books

I was in town for a few hours and visited this great bookstore. I would have liked to spend some... read more

Reviewed 26 December 2017
Bianca R
Zutphen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

I read somewhere on Internet that Academic Bookstore is the largest bookshop in Northern Europe. Don't know if it's true. Even if you aren't into books, the architecture by Alvar Aalto plus the cafe on the second floor already make the place worth visiting. The...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Akateeminen kirjakauppa used to be amazing, but now it's just okay, nothing special. However, still maybe the best in Helsinki and a must-see for book-lovers. The very best thing about it, though, is the lovely cafe on 2nd floor with original Alvar Aalto furniture and...More

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Reviewed 26 December 2017

I was in town for a few hours and visited this great bookstore. I would have liked to spend some more time, because they really have a lot of nice books I haven't seen anywhere else.

Thank Bianca R
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Her you can find new papers from different corners of the world and like wise when it comes to books in different languages, the range is quite big. They also serve you in different languages. Go in and have look for yourself. On the second...More

Thank Nina K
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 2 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

1  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
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