If you saw my post yesterday about quitting coffee, you’ll know that Finland holds the bragging rights to the nation that drinks the most coffee! So it’s not surprising that in Finland’s capital you’ll find a huge range of cafes, which (luckily for me) also offer many other delicious drinks and snacks aside from coffee. If you want to branch out a little from the mainstream downtown cafes then try one of my favourite 5 cafes below. All are located in neighbourhoods surrounding the city center, but also far enough away to feel like you’ve stumbled into a hidden haven. Oh, each cafe also has ridiculously cool decor & vibes.
1. Regatta: a nautical themed cafe open 365 days a year
This place is an institution and it’s not hard to see why. With an incredibly cute (but tiny) interior, complete with all sorts of vintage nautical decor, outdoor seating with post-card worthy water views, and an open fire where you can cook sausages, this place has it all. They have delicious (and very well priced) sweet and savoury snacks and a great range of hot drinks including coffee, several types of hot chocolate, warm juice and glogi. But possibly the thing I love most about this cafe is that it’s open every day of the year. This is particularly noteworthy in Helsinki where many cafes open late on weekends and often not at all on Sundays.
Hours: 8am-9pm daily
Location: Merikannontie 8
2. Relove: cakes, coffee & second hand shopping
This is one of my favourite cafes in Helsinki, not only because they serve beautiful cakes and one whole wall is dedicated to plants, but also because most of the space is a second-hand store. The racks are divided into slots for people to sell their no longer wanted clothes and shoes, and you can often find great bargains. A section of the store is also dedicated to beautiful homewares and body products.
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
Location: Sandelsinkatu 6
3. Bon Temps: French vibes in Meilahti
This cafe is the perfect place to relax with a hot drink and freshly baked pulla, amidst good music and chic decor. As well as their delicious home-made pastries, there’s also hot and cold daily lunches (with vegetarian options) for around 10€.
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 9am-4.30pm
Location: Mannerheimintie 132
4. Roots: environmentally friendly food & decor
This vegan cafe does a perfect sized, delicious and healthy breakfast set and also serves pretty cakes, smoothies and hot drinks. But it’s the upcycled decor that I love most about the place. There’s also a yoga studio attached to the cafe.
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-7pm
Location: Vaasankatu 14
5. Helsinki Coffee roasters (Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo): the best coffee in a creative setting
If you’re looking for excellent coffee with inspiring upcycled decor you can’t go past this place. Love, love, love!
Hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Location: Päijänteentie 29