For most visitors, the bright stalls of the modern Market Square are their most enduring memory of Finland’s capital.
|Mon - Fri||6:30 –18:00 (6 p.m.)|
|Sat – Sun*||6:30 – 16:00 (4.p.m.)|
|* Open Sundays from mid-May to September|
Even today, fishing boats sail in from the archipelago, moor at the cholera basin and sell their fish direct to the public.
The name of this corner of the quay doesn't seem to hinder business and the food is quite safe. A skipper from the archipelago did die here from cholera, but that was in 1897.
This was the emblem used by the Tsars of Russia. The eagle’s breastplate shows a lion, the coat of arms of Finland. The monument was erected in 1835 in honour of the visit by Tsar Nikolai I and the Tsarina Alexandra, who stepped ashore here.
In 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution and Finland’s independence, Russian seamen took down the globe and eagle, but the Finns kept them safe and put them back in 1971. There are few places anywhere else where original monuments to the old Russian royal family still exist.
On the other side of the cholera basin is Finland’s oldest market hall, built in 1889. Unfortunately it is closed for renovations all this year and won't be open until summer 2014. It was more of a delicatessen than a market place anyway.
|Old Market Hall: closed|
|Hakaniemi and Hietalaht
|Mon - Fri||8:00 –18:00 (6 p.m.)|
|Hietalahti Market Hall is also open Sundays from 5 May to 26 Aug.|
Most of its stallholders have moved temporarily to Hietalahti Market Hall. That's only 2 km west, but there's no direct tramline to take you there from here.
If you're keen to experience a market hall, an easier option is Hakaniemi. Catch a tram 7B from beside the Cathedral and get off at the second stop, Hakaniemi Square.