The Stadin Silakkamarkkinat
The following is an edited excerpt from Fare Issue 2: Helsinki.
Photography by Staffan Sundström, Words by Gus MacLeod
The Stadin Silakkamarkkinat (“the Baltic herring market”) is one of Helsinki’s longest traditions. Dating back to 1743, the market was established under Swedish rule, and is comprised of a line of fishing boats clustered in the small harbour at Kauppatori. The fishermen have travelled from all across Finland, especially from its furthest reaches—like the autonomous island of Åland. They sell fresh, seasoned, pickled, and marinated herring, as well as spreads, smoked lamprey eel, and svartbröd, the famous dark and densely sweet bread that originates from Åland.
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