The Finnish Popular District – Kamppi Shopping Centre (Narinkka Square)
Kamppi Shopping Centre History
The heart of Kamppi is a part of the Central Business District. However, in stark contrast to the other districts of central Helsinki, development in Kamppi was sporadic and the very center of Kamppi remained entirely undeveloped until 2002.
The name “Kamppi” is derived from the Swedish word for battle, kamp. Under Russian rule in the 19th century, Kamppi was mainly used as a military area by Russian forces, with barracks and training fields, which the name refers to. A new pedestrian plaza on the same site, completed in 2005 as part of a recent redevelopment project, has been officially named Narinkka Square.
*Kamppi nowadays is a busy shopping district with big malls, boutiques, and the popular Hietalahti flea market.
Kamppi Shopping Centre Facilities
Since August 2002, the center of Kamppi was occupied by the largest single construction site in the history of Finland. The first phase of the project, the underground bus terminal, was opened to the public in June 2005. Completed in March 2006, the Kamppi Center also houses high-quality apartments and a large shopping mall.
The central bus station of Helsinki is located in a modern terminal built entirely underground in Kamppi, and the Helsinki railway station is located only a few hundred meters away. A popular destination in Kamppi is Tennispalatsi, the largest cinema multiplex in Helsinki.
*There are also Kamppi Chapel and the reputable Ressu Upper secondary school opened on the other end of Narinkka Square.
Kamppi Shopping Centre Visit Information
Address: Urho Kekkosen katu 1, Helsinki, Finland.
Contact: +358 46 629 4846
Open Hours: 09.00 am – 09.00 pm (Mon-Sun).