KUI Design's super quaint boutique is truly worth a visit, and where else could you find the exclusive, Turku-themed Tälpual ja Toispual boxers? When, years ago, the then recently graduated designers, started to wonder about their chosen their field and finding employment, they asked themselves the question: KUI (how).
Most of KUI Design’s textile products, from backpacks to jumbo cushions, are still stitched together by hand on the opposite side of the river. Here, the enthusiasm for new creations and happy atmosphere is transferred to the customers.
2Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum Shop
At the museum shop, browse for fun little souvenirs, whilst at the same time looking at the 600-year-old ruins of the city through the floor. The boutique operates under the same roof as the museum of history and contemporary art and, in addition to books on art, is particularly well known for its range of greeting cards.
The sought after novelties of the museum shop are sourced from both Europe and Finland, so there’s no need to settle for dull or boring gifts. Every product must have its own twist of character. You can even pick up a small dinosaur-toy that you have to excavate yourself – a perfectly themed souvenir.
At Midas Goldsmiths and jewellery store you will immediately feel welcomed. The service and good feeling cannot be found in a chain store! The three goldsmiths, Laura, Petri and Patrick, make jewellery on site using a range of methods, from traditional to modern and even 3D-techniques.
The goldsmith is always on hand to tell about the materials and can repair jewellery in a matter of hours ready for an event. The unique gold, silver and diamond jewelleries use Scandinavian simplicity and often follow natural forms. Fall in love with the ‘Pisara’ (Droplet) or ‘Mandala’ series.
When you start to get tired of shopping centre chain stores, Turku has something more unique to offer: PUF is a shop selling Finnish designer brands.
Shopping here is like a being in candy store, with all the beautiful clothes and interior design products, it’s hard to choose. If you want your clothes to be durable and ecological, as well as different from the high street trends, then PUF is definitely the place for you. While you’re here, pick up a stylish poster of the impressive Turku Cathedral.
5Shopping Centre Skanssi
Skanssi is conveniently located just off the motorway towards Helsinki. Whether travelling by car and using the free parking hall, or arriving by foot, Föli bike or bus direct to the door, the city congestion is avoided.
The atmosphere of the large and spacious shopping mall is relaxing, with large windows letting in the natural world. At Skanssi, shopping has been made easy without compromising on variety and choice, where you’ll find everything from local specialities to international fashion from a selection of over 90 stores.
Skanssi is as green as its courtyard trees, ranking as the most environmentally responsible shopping centre in Finland. Here, we use many creative ways to recycle and save energy. A fun fact: the roof of Skanssi shopping centre is home to a bee colony, producing honey that is sold in the shopping centre.
6Forum Marinum Museum Shop
When a strong sea breeze blows through your thoughts, head to the small museum shop of the Maritime Museum Forum Marinum, where you can get yourself a maritime-themed souvenir. The charming boutique’s tar-scented deck planking is originally from the Suomen Joutsen.
In the museum shop, sit back the armchair with an adventure book and take a trip aboard a submarine or steamboat. When you buy the merchandise for the Sigyn ship you are supporting the preservation of history, as proceeds will be used to restore the 1887 commercial vessel, which has no equal anywhere else in the world.
Wiklund, known by close friends as Wikke, has been satisfying shoppers in Turku since 1907: first as a hardware shop and then as a Sokos department store. Following the big makeover in 2019, Wikke has emerged with a massively expanded range of services.
Don’t worry if you shop till exhaustion and your energy bars hit the red in the middle of your exploration, as help is at hand inside the same walls. Recharge your batteries at the Coffee House, one of Wiklund's three restaurants, or cool off with a refreshing drink and panoramic views at the rooftop bar. Just amazing!