Verkkokauppa – Europe’s largest home electronics store – Helsinki

With 35,000 square metres of retail space, the Verkkokauppa home-electronics store is the largest of its kind in Europe, and one of the best in Helsinki for shoppers looking for all kinds of electronics, computers, digital cameras, phones, appliances, games and toys. The store is conveniently located in Jatkasaari, by the Helsinki West Harbour where ferries to and from Tallinn in Estonia and St. Petersburg in Russia dock. The 9 tram stops just outside the main entrance, and for those arriving by car there is free parking available beneath the store, with electric car charging.

Verkkokauppa also boasts a number of restaurants and cafés, including a free wifi internet and gaming café. On the 4th and 5th floors, the private collector Ari Tommiska has collaborated with Verkkokauppa to create the Computer and Game Console Museum. This unique collection is available for all visitors and enthusiasts to enjoy for free, and features an amazing number of old machines – Ari has been collecting since 1984, and this is the first time all his pieces have been on display to the public.

Passenger ferries in Helsinki West Harbour
Passenger ferries in Helsinki West Harbour

Finally, on the 7th floor visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the largest, and free, viewing terrace in Helsinki. At the moment the Western Harbour is being developed, so at least one side of the view is of the bustling construction site, and is of little interest to anyone not from Helsinki – natives can keep track of how the development is progressing. There are plans to open a bar and café on the terrace, most likely by the beginning of summer 2013, but it’s still worth a visit for the views over the sea and into neighboring Espoo. There is also a real MiG-21BIS fighter jet sitting proudly on the roof.

Finnish MiG on Verkkokauppa viewing platform
Finnish MiG on Verkkokauppa viewing platform