Finns are known for their love of coffee, drinking a whopping 12 kilograms of coffee per year! It is no surprise then, that the city is full of amazing cafes. Here we will help you to find the best cafes in Helsinki, where you can sit back and enjoy a great cup of coffee along with some sweet treats.
1. Cafe Regatta
Cafe Regatta is located by the sea, close to Sibelius monument in the Töölö district. This little red cottage is like a piece of Finnish countryside in the city. Cafe Regatta is famous for their cinnamon buns and the year-round terrace where you can sit by the fire when the weather is cold. Definitely a unique place to see and one of the best cafes in Helsinki.
2. Paulig Kulma
Located in the Kluuvi Shopping Centre, Paulig Kulma serves you an excellent cup of coffee with a smile, and food for all your senses. Try a piece of raw cake or get a refreshing superfood smoothie. If you are a morning person, start your day with a breakfast of your choice, as you take in the sight of people hurrying along the busy main street of Aleksanterinkatu.
3. Fazer Cafe
Opened in 1891, Fazer Cafe is one of the most classic cafes in the heart of the city, featuring striking functionalist-style interior decor. This legendary meeting place serves great coffee along with the delicious confectionaries that the iconic Finnish brand is famous for. They offer breakfast and brunch options, as well as a delicious lunch menu.
4. Moomin Cafe Helsinki
Step into the magic of Moominvalley and enjoy your cup of coffee at Moomin Cafe Helsinki, a Moomin-themed cafe in the city centre. It’s a relaxing stop for coffee with friends and was also designed with children in mind, making it ideal for families. Remember to taste the sweet pastries and delicacies, there’s a lot to choose from!
5. Cafe Ekberg
Cafe Ekberg is one of Finland’s oldest bakeries. The bakery, patisserie and café have served customers since 1852 and the cafe is located on the atmospheric Bulevardi, near the Old Church of Helsinki. Ekberg’s atmosphere is warm and friendly and the interior is classic, just like their tasty products! They bake all of their breads and pastries every morning at the bakery-shop next door.
6. Cafe Strindberg
Cafe Strindberg is styled as a classic, elegant living room where you can enjoy a coffee, but also so much more. Salads, salty and sweet delicacies and petit fours are all on the menu. This is a great place to sit down and see the buzz in the Esplanadi park and on the city streets.
7. Robert’s Coffee Jugend
Robert’s Coffee Jugend is an Art Nouveau-style cafe with a huge hall that was designed by the renowned architect Lars Sonck in early 1900’s. In addition to the wide variety of freshly-roasted coffees and drinks on their menu, Robert’s Coffee serves delicious hand-made gelato that is produced in their own factory.
8. Cafe Engel
Cafe Engel boasts of a wonderful view of the Helsinki Cathedral. The cafe was named after the architect who designed many of the neo-classical buildings at Senate Square, including the cathedral. Situated within one of the oldest stone buildings in the city, this well-loved coffee shop also offers delicious breakfast and lunch options. In the summer, it is host to an outdoor movie theatre in its inner courtyard.
9. Cafe Carusel
Cafe Carusel is one of the best cafes in Helsinki, with a delightful view of the sea. Located near to the scenic Kaivopuisto park, this bakery-cafe is well-known for their fresh pastries, so you’ll have many to choose from! In summertime, you can take the ferry to Pihlajasaari island from the pier right next to the cafe. It’s only a 20-minute ride to this beautiful little island with sandy shores and rocky cliffs.
10. Cafe Ursula
At Kaivopuisto Park, you’ll find an atmospheric seaside cafe with a mission. Cafe Ursula was established in 1952 by a group of women who were determined to open a cafe to raise money for charity. True to this mission, the cafe’s profits go to organisations that support mothers, children and the elderly. Focusing on organic and local products, it’s a cafe not only with quality coffee, but a good heart.
11. Cafe Silo
No visit to Helsinki is complete without a visit to the Suomenlinna sea fortress. While you are on the island, pay a visit to Cafe Silo, which is near to the docks. Delicious coffee and fresh pastries in a unique atmosphere is guaranteed!
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