If you’re a shopper but world wide clothing chains are not your (only) cup of tea, you are in the exact right place. Tampere does not fall behind Helsinki in the amount of local design stores, with the difference that in Tampere the boutiques are situated within a few minutes’ walking distance from each other. Also, in Tampere you’re likely to be buying a product straight from the designer!
Tampere design district
The block between Hatanpään valtatie, Otavalankatu, Aleksanterinkatu and Verkatehtaankatu streets has been declared the Design District of Tampere. There are plenty of stores, but one must-visit place is Uhana Flag Ship Store. Uhana is a design company founded in Tampere and known for the wonderful prints and distinctive and casual clothes. Along Aleksanterinkatu street you’ll find Luin Living. They invest in pampering and feeling good everyday. Luin Living has the most amazing gift ideas and softest bath products. Taito Shop is also located nearby. The shop is filled with Finnish design and handicrafts, so make sure to pop in!
Handicraft Store Verkaranta
At the end of Verkatehtaankatu the handicraft store Verkaranta sells yarn and handicraft products from Pirkanmaa. Verkaranta also has an interesting LankaOutlet. Upstairs is the Taito Center, where you can experience the joy and experience of making crafts, as well as a small Parvi Gallery with craft exhibitions.
On the other side of Tammerkoski, in Kehräsaari, there is a workshop PikkuPutiikit, where you can find user-friendly Tampere design. The small boutique is focused on utensils, accessories and jewelry.
Aleksis Kiven katu street
At the Aleksis Kivi Street you can explore many wonderful specialty shops; not forgetting interior design, domestic design and lifestyle shops, cafes and wellness and cultural services. This is Tampere’s SoHo! Along the street are, among other things Palmroth, Lili, Alex Boutique, Mosa Interior, Riiminka & Aleksiina Design and Pura.
Miela Designroom and Humbugi
At Hämeenkatu 20 you will find Miela Designroom, which is a Finnish design store. There are products for sale for women, men, children and home. The store always has about 30 Finnish brands at a time. The selection is renewed monthly.
Humbugi designs and manufactures custom accessories. The leather of Humbug’s bag may come from the surplus of the elevator renovation at a hotel in Moscow, as well as the shoe factory’s years-old specimen skins. The products are completed from design and procurement of materials to the finished product in the Hiedanranta area in Tampere.
You can find more design shops in Tampere at designontampere.com