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Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)

Open Now: 09:00 - 18:00
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An iconic bookshop in the heart of Helsinki

The building, designed by Alvar Aalto is absolutely incredible. there is a fairly large selection... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Greater London, United Kingdom
Great architect

In the middle of Helsinki. Relaxing and brainrefreshing atmosphere. Enthusiasts say it has lost the... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building, designed by Alvar Aalto is absolutely incredible. there is a fairly large selection of titles in English, especially paperback fiction, but also in other subjects, as well as hardback fiction. Upstairs, there is a wide selection of travel books. also, newspapers and magazines....More

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Reviewed 30 August 2018

In the middle of Helsinki. Relaxing and brainrefreshing atmosphere. Enthusiasts say it has lost the magic tough by new renovations. I think it`s worth visiting.

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Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

My wife and I are architects on a journey visiting a number of Aalto buildings. This bookshop is worth a visit, simple exterior and a lovely big space inside, beautiful skylights and cafe. Definitely worth a visit. Also note 2 doors sling the street ruatatalo...More

Thank Brownkiwi99
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Just a big Chapter's? Not sure why listed as an attraction, no historic building or anything of note. Just a bookstore.

Thank Promart1
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

Fiction or non-fiction, you will probably find it here! I love roaming around the shop, exploring the different titles and enjoy the atmosphere. The only negative is the high prices.

Thank September D
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

Thank Egon70
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

Thank lmsk2014
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
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