Remarkable renovation for handsome Hansa!
Already around 30 years old, it was decided a few years ago to reinvigorate the spirit of Hansa, so since early spring 2018 the centre has been undergoing heavy renovation. In spite of some banging and vigorous activity here and there, Hansa and its businesses have kept operating as usual throughout the remodelling work.
The renovation is already in its final stages and will be complete by December 2019.
So, here are the tips we promised…
Hansa boasts a comprehensive range of clothing stores and, of course, speciality shops, from gaming to toys and from interior design to electronics. There’s plenty to interest everyone, young or old.
Those in need of new summer clothes should at least check out ZARA (the only one in Southwest Finland), the New Yorker store – which only opened in summer 2018 – as well as the largest H&M in Finland. From the fabulous flagship store of Finnish design brand Marimekko, you’ll discover stylish clothing as well as original textiles and items for your home. If you like Scandi-style, then this store is a dream come true.
On the Kristiinankatu street side you’ll find Granit, from which few ever leave empty-handed. Whether looking for a missing piece for your home, your balcony or your terrace, drop into Granit and realise your new addiction.
A full stomach with a coffee on the side
So, where in Hansa can you grab a bite to eat?
On the upper floor of the Kultatalo you’ll find the helpfully named “food court”, where everyone can go and order their favourite cuisine and eat in harmony at the same table. So, when it comes to our glorious Finnish summer, whether gorgeous or gloomy, we strongly recommend tasting what Hansa has to offer.
From the side of Hansa adjacent the Market Square, indulge your mischievous side with a tasty burger. The NAUGHTY BRGR restaurant concept was conceived by Akseli Herlevi, the result of ten years of background research. Well, like they say, it’s all in the taste, and simply put, the burgers are G-O-O-D.
On Hansa’s pedestrian high street flank, you can get Turku-Mex food… or rather, Mexican food from the Turku El Nam restaurant. On offer are nachos, burritos and salads, which you can enjoy on the restaurant’s terrace while watching the crowds walk by. The delicious choice lets you select directly from the list or design your own concoction – with so many sauces and fillings available, be prepared to have difficulty choosing.
If you’re not in the mood for American or Mexican cuisine, how about Japanese? From the Eerikinkatu street side there’s Hanko Sushi, where you can feast on high-quality, handmade sushi from the freshest ingredients.
Last but not least, there are Hansa’s cafés and other places for sweet treats.
Again, on the Eerikinkatu side, keep and eye out for the idyllic Bean Bar, which enjoys the best sun on its terrace all day long. Well known for its great coffee, the café also offers sweet and savoury snacks, such as toasties and Belgian chocolates. Here, you can also pick up fresh beans or ground coffee to take home.
On a hot summer’s day an obvious recommendation is the Jungle Juice Bar. When passing by, you can grab a juice or smoothie – great when on the go. Jungle Juice collects bonus points simply for the super fun names they’ve given to their drinks!
If the weather is not very summery, you can still enjoy the terrace atmosphere inside. The Espresso House has a fun terrace that spreads onto the Hansa Market inner courtyard. Along with hot drinks and pastries, special mention should go to the iced-teas, frapinos and ice-lattes.
Text Stina Frimodig. Photos and video Kim Allen-Mersh.
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