Surrounded by the sea, Hakaniemi is an edgy and developing area of commerce, jobs, culture and housing around the vibrant cores of Hakaniemi Market Square and the market hall.


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Hakaniemi as a district

The monumental scale of the Hakaniemi Market Square and the surrounding buildings form one of the most famous public spaces in Helsinki. Special landmarks around the market square include the market hall, the Ympyrätalo (‘circle house’) and Metallitalo (‘metal house’) buildings as well as the Helsinki Workers’ House.

The city residents feel a sort of ownership of the market square and market hall, which even people who live further away like to visit in order to shop and have some coffee. Once the renovation is complete, the market hall will continue to serve as a central meeting point in Hakaniemi and its new terrace will bring versatility to the market hall’s service offering. Food in its various forms is one of the key elements of the district’s identity.

The sea has always been a central part of Hakaniemi’s identity. The market square offers views of Siltavuorensalmi strait.

The renovation will restore the legendary Hakaniemi Market Hall to its former glory. The merchants will return to a refurbished market hall that is still authentic and full of its original charm. The renovation of the market square is set to begin in 2024. 

The cultural offer also keeps the area alive in the evenings. The cultural venues located in Hakaniemi include the Helsinki City Theatre and its Arena Theatre.
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Residential blocks, a hotel, business premises and a public waterfront area will be built in Hakaniemenranta. Preconstruction will begin in 2027 at the earliest.

One of the key objectives is to enable new public waterfront areas on both sides of Siltavuorensalmi strait. The recreational areas of the district will be expanded and the proximity of the sea emphasised. The coastal zone of Siltavuorensalmi strait (Signe Brander’s terrace, Merihaanpuisto park, Kirjanpuisto park and Pohjoisranta’s Kotisatama area) will create new spaces to spend time on the waterfront and bricks-and-mortar business premises for the area’s services.

According to the City Planning Department, new homes for approximately 3,500 residents will be built in Hakaniemenranta and between Sörnäisten rantatie and the sea.

Hakaniemen ranta
Photo: Paavo Jantunen


Local detailed plans determine the land use of an area, where we build housing, offices, parks, streets and roads, for example.

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Traffic connections

The new bridge connections and the tightening of the urban structure will emphasise Hakaniemi’s position as a significant public transport hub. The Crown Bridges Light Rail from Nihti will complement Hakaniemi’s position as a key part of the Helsinki city centre area. 


In addition to the market square and the market hall, the area has many bricks-and-mortar restaurants, cafes and ethnic shops. The combination of jobs and housing makes for a vibrant bricks-and-mortar environment where specialty shops, cafés and restaurants thrive.

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Contact information

Sirpa Kallio

Project Director
Coordination of construction and planning City Executive Office, Helsinki