Jyväskylä’s top shopping destinations
Pedestrian Street – Jyväskylä’s vibrant shopping destination
When you’re in need of a fashion fix or looking to update your home interiors, head to Pedestrian Street, Jyväskylä’s award-winning shopping area. Here you will find a choice of shopping centres: Forum, Jyväskeskus, Torikeskus, Tawast, Hoviraitti, Kolmikulma, Kauppakulma, Kauppakeskus Sokkari and Väinönkeskus. Along with the many smaller boutiques in the city centre, they stock everything from beautiful homewares to great jewellery made by independent artisans.
Yläkaupunki – a relaxed and bohemian gem
Yläkaupunki is located at the end of Kauppakatu, close to the university. This cool and quirky neighbourhood is home to small independent shops, cafés, restaurants and bars and often serves as the backdrop for great many cultural events and other activities. The local community embraces culture with real enthusiasm – you might come across an art exhibition at the opticians for example.
Yläkaupunki is also home to the hugely popular Yläkaupungin yö urban festival. The event takes place annually in May, serving up a busy programme of arts and culture for festivalgoers of all ages. Throughout the summer, concerts, dances and sing-alongs are organised in Lounaispuisto Park, which transforms into a social hub for the community during the warmer months.
Industrial heritage and design in Vaajakoski
Thanks to its industrial heritage, Vaajakoski is simply packed with character. Situated on the banks of River Vaajavirta, just 7 kilometres from the centre of Jyväskylä, this neighbourhood is a treat for all the senses. It’s the ideal destination for food lovers in particular and an ideal spot for enjoying a cup of coffee while taking in the verdant park views. While you’re here, why not grab some local treats to take home with you?
The gorgeous Naissaari Island never fails to charm visitors. Standing next to Vaajakoski Rapids, the island is a calm, green oasis, with historic timber buildings and wonderful atmosphere. It has a cafe and hosts outdoor theatre shows during the summer season. The island’s hydroelectric plant dating back to 1920 has been converted into an exhibition and event venue.