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“A mecca for bookenthusiastics” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)

Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)
Ranked #5 of 89 Shopping in Helsinki
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Helsinki, Finland
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53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A mecca for bookenthusiastics”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2012

The atmosphere is something special and Cafe Aalto inside the shop is a perfect meeting place. Books in many languages and the personnel is really professional ( they speak most of the european languages i guess - and you will get the help you need)
Easy to find in the city centre. Surprisingly many japanese tourists are visiting - probably because of the architecture (by Alvar Aalto)

Visited June 2012
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  • Finnish first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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Sweden
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84 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Definitely worth spending some time here if you love books!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

Me and my husband spent over 3½ hours here on our weekendtrip to Helsinki. Ok, we are book lovers, but it is really a good bookstore.

Visited November 2011
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birmingham england
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432 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
“a heavenly Helsinki bookshop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

you could spend a day in this beautiful bookshop. A delight to the mind and the eye with comfortable seats to browse in. The cafe has exceptional coffee, salds and sweets and you are welcome to take your time there too. Great array of cards to choose from on the ground floor as well as international newspapers and magazines and via the basement you can make your way underground to the stockmann department store for more browsing and shopping.

Visited November 2011
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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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1,879 reviews
1,037 attraction reviews
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“Great bookstore, great location, great design”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2009

This terrific place has a wide variety of books in different languages--it is a great gathering place with a very good cafe. The best in Helsinki.

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Helsinki
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Simply the Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2008

A must for book-lovers all over the world. In addition to Finnish literature translated into different languages, they have the best selection of international books available in Finland, fiction and non. They have a wide variety of books in English, German, French, Italian, Russian etc.

Moreover, the Academic Bookstore is designed by Alvar Aalto, the most famous architect of Finland.

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