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Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)

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Neighbourhood: Vironniemi
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Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 39, Helsinki 00100, Finland
Phone Number: +358 3 58912141
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 21:00
Sat 09:00 - 18:00

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Big beautiful bookstore

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Helsinki, Finland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The puremisesta are designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. It used to be a world class bookshop. Now with new owners the book collection is not as wide and interesting. It still is a big bookshop in Helsinki, but the speciality of great variety and knowledgeablee shop assistants have disappeared. Still, wotrh visiting.

Thank Ventovieras
Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Large book store in Helsinki down town. It is worth of visit. Situated on North Esplanadi street. There is also nice caffeteria inside the bookstrore. Store is a piece of architecture, so if you dont like the books, just admire the architecture.

Thank ToniPoni
Helsinki, Finland
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Historical bookstore in city of Helsinki. Lots of departments with also english literature. I live in Helsinki so I visit this one a lot.

Thank KorbenDallas_FI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Very good, but was better a few years ago. Books and magazines in all cathegories in finnish, swedish and english in two floors. Has two cafés.

Thank Lennart W
Rosmalen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Booklovers can spend hours in this bookshop, even when they don't read any Finnish books. There is a good selection of English, German and French books. Interesting is the interior design and the Aalto coffee bar.

Thank red_mermaid
Helsinki, Finland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Academic Bookstore is the only great Bookstore in town selection is unique, you could spend hours just to check all interesting stuff they have, book lovers must go...

Thank 678pasil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Great selection of books, genres and it was very tidy and well organized. The moomin - section even had a huge moomin - wall, so that was particularly easy to spot 😊

Thank WanderlustCassis
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Extensive collection. THE place to catch-up on titles from outside the US! Has their own delightful cafe and a Starbucks.

Thank Brian M
Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

This is a building by Alvar Aalto. If you are not an architecture buff, this place is just a bookstore for you. Changes are currently (May 2016) taking place. The building will remain the same (it's protected).

Thank Timo R

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