The 5 Best Places for Hot Chocolate in Downtown Helsinki

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There’s nothing like a hot drink to warm you up in winter

Winters in Helsinki are magical- white snowy landscapes, frozen seas, skiing, skating, Christmas trees, cosy interiors and delicious hot chocolate!

However before the snow arrives, October and November can be quite dreary and a little depressing. Drizzly rain, grey clouds and ever darkening days seem to be in endless supply.

I’ve found one of the best ways to ward of the gloomy November feeling has been to take some indulgent time to myself, snuggled in a cosy cafe with a good book and delicious hot drink. If that sounds like your kind of scene then this post is for you!

Here are five of the best places to get a hot chocolate in downtown Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki
Winter in Helsinki

1. Ihana Kahvia Baari

Ihana in Finnish means lovely or wonderful, and this place definitely lives up to it’s name! Located in the Kluuvi area of town, this cafe provides a cosy vintage atmosphere, a huge variety of music nights and the most delicious thick Italian hot chocolate.

They also have a few other variations- white hot chocolate, original and chili hot chocolate. Then there’s their range of mouth watering cakes, savoury treats, wine, beer and glogi in winter. By far my number one spot in central Helsinki to brighten up a gloomy November day!

Cost: at 4.50€ for a huge cup of any of their hot chocolates

Opening Hours:  variable, but generally 10.00-19.00 Mon-Sat and Sundays take your luck

More Info: here

2. Cafe Neuhaus

This specialty chocolate shop definitely delivers the goods in terms of chocolates and hot drinks. Unfortunately the atmosphere is a little lacking. The price is also relatively high but worth it as the hot chocolate is velvety thick, delicious and served in a huge bucket cup.

If chai latte is more your type of hot drink they have a bargain deal for a croissant and chai for 4.50€.

Cost: 5.50€ for a bucket size

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10.00-19.00, Sat-Sun 10.00-18.00

More Info: here

3. Paulig Kulma

This cafe has a modern, cosy, fun vibe, especially with the swinging chairs upstairs! There are two types of hot chocolate, a regular one and a vegan raw chocolate option. They also have a tempting selection of sweet snack and serve a great, mainly vegetarian brunch on weekends.

Cost: 4.20€ regular or 4.90€ raw option

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7.30-20.00, Sat 9.00-20.00, Sun 10.00-20.00

More Info: here

4. Kappeli

Housed in one of my favourite buildings in Helsinki, visiting this cafe is a magical experience- there are huge chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows and even turreted corner seats. The cafe is especially inviting on a gloomy evening, when the windows are lit up in creamy peach tones.

While the hot chocolate itself is nothing special, the fact that it’s served in a tall elegant glass, amidst such a charming atmosphere more than compensates. It was also the cheapest hot chocolate I found in Helsinki.

Cost: 3.80€

Opening Hours: 10.00 – midnight daily

More Info: here

Kappeli

5. Cafe Engel

This rather fancy cafe is somewhat of an institution in Helsinki. Their hot chocolate is delicious and just sweet enough without being overpowering.

But the main draw-card is the view of senate square and the Helsinki Cathedral. If you get a seat by the window the unparalleled view is worth the hefty cost of their drinks.

Cost: 5.90€ with whipped cream

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-21:00, Sat 9:00-21:00, Sun 10:00-19:00

More Info: here

What is your favourite place for hot chocolate in Helsinki?