Finnish design is bit of a big deal. Native designers like Alvar Aalto spearheaded the Scandinavian modernism movement in the mid 20th century, leaving behind a city full of beautiful buildings, lovely tables and really, really nice water tumblers. In 2012, Helsinki was named World Design Capital.
If you want to take home some of that world-class Finnish design, then Design Forum Shop is the place to buy it. Run by Finland’s Design Forum, the shop stocks an expansive range of new and established Finnish homeware and fashion designers. It’s pricey (everything is Helsinki is pricey) but full of lovely things. And if you don’t fancy buying a leather pom pom cap or a digitally-printed coffee table then you can just have cake and coffee at the in-house café or check out one of the regularly changing exhibitions instead.