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April 8, 2001
From journal A Brief First Encounter With Helsinki
July 23, 2001
During the tourist months there is a bus shuttling between downtown and the Arabia factory shop, willing to scoot shoppers back and forth. You may also take the tram number 6. The factory shop stocks first and second grade goods in glass and ceramics. There is also an exhibition upstairs. (currently, July 01, they are having a renovation sale)
Whether you are looking to stock up on your elegant Teema set, or you want just a little something for a friend (I recommend any the glass votive candle holders, very sweet, and not too expensive), or you want to get the biggest Aalto vase ever, you should definately make a visit. Famous Designer Names have created products in all categories, also Iittala glassware and Hackman cutlery and crockery, and young designers have also contributed to products.
If you're looking for something prototypically Finnish to take home as a present: Teema mug with Moomin characters!
From journal Summer in Helsinki
April 21, 2005
This is the best place to buy the brands at the heart of Finnish design. If you live outside of the EU, consider having everything shipped home. The reduction in VAT and other discounts can make up for the price of shipping. At least buy an Aalto vase!
Do not confuse the Arabia store on Esplandati with the Arabia FACTORY store.
From journal Helsinki is one of my favorite desinations