Hämeentie Food Shops

19.06.2008 at 11:56 | Posted in Buy Food, Buy Stuff, Show a Foreign Friend | 2 Comments
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Probably some of Helsinki’s most multicultural areas in terms of small (and big) immigrant shops are the proximities of Hämeentie street and the streets adjacent to it. There are African, oriental and middle eastern shops with an exciting abundance of spices, grains, sauces, herbs and other food products from all around the world.
Pictured here is the Vietnamese supermarket Vii Voan located next to Hakaniemen Kauppahalli. There works a friendly, old man who always runs off into the shop to show me where to find the particular ingredients that I’m looking for. I’ve recently been there to get some Korean kimchi for making kimchijeon and he found me five different kinds of it. After that I supply myself with basmati or jasmine rice and spices like turmeric, cumin, cardamom in a nearby Indian shop. Then there are also the dried beans, peas and lentils, the soya sauces and rice vinegars, the different teas and herbs and so on…
If you have curiosity for foreign foods I strongly advise to pay a visit to these places. The shop assistants tend to be very sympathetic and who knows, they might even share some recipes

p.s.
I also found a nice Arabic wholesale shop a bit further towards the shore, close to Kalasatama metro station.

Primula Café

17.09.2007 at 15:17 | Posted in Architecture, Buy Food, For Coffee or Tea, Go At Least Once, Where to Read a Book | 1 Comment

Sweet and stylish café most probably established after the bakery building located at Teollisuuskatu 3 was erected in the mid-sixties. Since then it has continuously served as a café for the workers of the many nearby businesses and for the staff of the Primula Bakery itself. One of the things I liked about it was the varied clientèle – you can see spotless suits and men in oil-stained gear sitting side by side sipping their coffees. And yes, it offers what one can expect – fresh & tasty bread & pastry straight from the bakery and of course coffee, sandwiches, etc… See photo below for the documentation of a casual breakfast set. Open on weekdays from 7-17. Oh, and did I mention that coffee is 1€? I’m definitely coming back to try out other products. Look it up on the map.

Primula

Primula

Primula

Kalinka – Russian Food Shop

27.07.2007 at 14:55 | Posted in Buy Food | 13 Comments

Kalinka is a small shop hidden in the Itäkeskus shopping centre. As the name already suggests it specializes in eastern foods. Most of the products are Russian but one can also find Polish or Estonian foods. I particularly recommend delicacies hard to find in Finland like horse radish (piparjuuri) or polish style pickled cucumbers. Care is advised as not all the products can be in accord with western tastes.

Kalinka

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