45. Kauppatori: Helsinki from 45 Best Markets Around the World (Slideshow)

45 Best Markets Around the World (Slideshow)

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45. Kauppatori: Helsinki

This market area was established in 1812, but it wasn’t until 1889 that the market hall was built. Located near the water, the market area allows vendors to trade directly from their boats. Merchants sell products like strawberries and peas as well as more unique Finnish dishes like reindeer meat. The market square is open all year round, but is most popular in the summer. Festivals are held in the area year-round, including the popular Baltic Herring Festival in October, and there are displays of old American cars on the first Friday of every month.