Gems Amidst Finland’s Turku on an Autumn Weekend

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turku cathedral organ A Weekend In Turku: Friday

It’s so easy to figure out what to do with yourself on a free day in Turku. Just pick up or download a copy of the Turku Treasure Map from the website of local design studio, Polkka Jam, and you’ll have at your fingertips a guide to all the best places in the local cultural scene. This is exactly what we did on this rainy Friday in Turku and just look at the hidden gems we discovered. The above is the renowned Turku Cathedral (Tuomiokirkonkatu1, turunseurakunnat.fi), considered the national shrine of Finland.

We started our day at at the 8raita Record Store (Yliopistonkatu 11b, 8raita.fi) for a favourite travel pastime: CD shopping. 8raita has three floors of new and used CDs and vinyl, which seems very popular in Finland as every music store we visited had a huge record selection.

8raita record store turku A Weekend In Turku: Friday

cd shopping turku A Weekend In Turku: Friday

Next door you have the Baobab Kids & lifestyle shop (Yliopistonkatu 11, baobabkids.com), which we didn’t spend any time in but looked so cute through the window nonetheless. They sell clothing, toys and gifts from Finnish and Scandinavian brands.

baobab kids turku A Weekend In Turku: Friday

The streets of Turku offer so much in the way of interesting shops, galleries and just general interest. We wandered around for a bit before lunch.

leather heaven turku A Weekend In Turku: Friday

turku art gallery A Weekend In Turku: Friday

turku colour A Weekend In Turku: Friday

thrift store turku A Weekend In Turku: Friday

Below is another shot of the Turku Cathedral (Tuomiokirkonkatu1, turunseurakunnat.fi). We were lucky that beautiful, haunting organ music was playing as we checked out the architecture inside.

turku cathedral A Weekend In Turku: Friday

After working up an appetite, it was time for a delicious Finnish lunch at Mami (Linnankatu 3, mami.fi). A note on restaurants in Turku: many of them are quite busy and book up in advance so be sure to reserve a table as soon as you know you want to dine at one. You certainly won’t be disappointed by the food.

mami turku salad A Weekend In Turku: Friday

fish mami turku A Weekend In Turku: Friday

After lunch it was time to do some shopping. Turku is the perfect place to locate locally made clothing, jewelry, accessories and other handmade items. We first crossed the river to find Joutomaa (Kellonsoittajankatu 8, joutomaassa.blogspot.com) , which sells purses, accessories, jewellery and items for the home, as well as the artwork of the talented Reeta Isotupa-Siltanen, who creates these cool mixed-media pieces. We had the pleasure of speaking with her and bought a few cute pieces from her shop.

reetta isotupa siltanen tur A Weekend In Turku: Friday

Next we headed to the fabulous Televisio Lifestyle Store (Hämeenkatu 32 inner courtyard, televisioon.fi), which is packed with clothes, shoes, jewellery, bags, gifts and items for the home from Finland’s top designers.

televisio turku 2 A Weekend In Turku: Friday

After already making several purchases in Finland, including a beautiful new coat from the Design District in Helsinki, I was determined not to spend too much more money, however I just could not resist these coats created in Helsinki by Tauko (taukovaatteet.com) from recycled materials:

televisio turku 1 A Weekend In Turku: Friday

Each coat is completely one of a kind and I was lucky that some of them didn’t fit because I was having a hard time choosing just one! Luckily my first choice fit like it was made for me and John and I decided we had to take it with us.

new coat turku A Weekend In Turku: Friday

On our way out of the shop, we encountered another cute dog in a hair salon window…must be a thing in Finland!

groove dog turku A Weekend In Turku: Friday

turku groove televisio A Weekend In Turku: Friday

vintage shopping turku bout A Weekend In Turku: Friday

After finally exhausting ourselves, it was time for a rest and a drink at Bar4 (Kristiinankatu 4, bar4.fi), which has an incredible cocktail menu. We relaxed here for a couple of hours thinking about what we would get up to the next day…

bar4 cocktail turku A Weekend In Turku: Friday

What’s your favorite establishment in Turku?

Many thanks to Turku Touring for hosting us.

Andrea Spirov
Andrea Spirov is a content developer and entrepreneur currently travelling the world with her husband, John, and living as an expat when she isn't. With a Masters in Media and Communications, Andrea is a specialist in online and is fascinated by the intersection of conversations and technology. Born in the United States, Spirov is a dual American and Australian citizen and has travelled extensively in North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She currently blogs at InspiringTravellers.com and also takes on freelance projects and consulting work in social media and community management.
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