Saturday brunch or Brunssi is one of the Finnish traditions I’ve been all too happy to embrace in my new home. Brunch buffets are often extensive and decadent and quite expensive. But many cafes also serve smaller “breakfast sets” that may interest you if you’re looking to save money or have eaten in the past 24 hours! Here’s 10 of my favourite spots to indulge in weekend brunch.
1. The Way
With hearty slabs of freshly baked bread, thick slices of ham and cheese, hard boiled eggs with cute faces, excellent coffee and a delicious selection of sweet options, this place is a must visit. If you come for a late breakfast it’s pretty tempting to stay for a few hours and trade your coffee for wine as the bakery becomes a wine bar in the afternoon.
Location: Agricolankatu 9
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 7.30-midnight, Sun 9am-3pm
Cost: starting at 5€ for soft-boiled eggs with sourdough bread and churned butter, this place is budget friendly
One of the few places that serves poached eggs in Helsinki, don’t let the name put you off! This place is cute and cosy with indoor plants hanging from the ceiling and upcycled jar light fittings. The coffee and glogi is also spot on.
Location: Flemingkatu 7
Opening Hours: Mon-Tue 8am-2pm, Wed-Fri 8am-2pm and 5pm-10pm, Sat 10am-3pm, 5pm-11pm, Sun 10am-3pm
Cost: 15€ for the basic eggs
3. Cafe Cardemumma
Tucked away in a corner just off the main street, Helsinginkatu, this cafe is super cosy and serves one of the best brunches in Kallio. This is particularly a favourite in winter as most of their dishes are hot. There’s also a great dessert table and at 20€ it’s very good value for Helsinki.
Location: Kaarlenkatu 15
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm, Sun closed
Cost: Mid-range, at 20€ for weekend brunch
An absolute Helsinki institution. There are now a bunch of these restaurants around the capital but the one in Kallio was the first and in my opinion the best. The food is heavily influence by Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and North African cuisines, particularly Moroccan. There’s a huge array of salads and warm dishes and a whole table dedicated to dessert. There’s also many vegan and vegetarian options and weekend brunch comes with a mimosa!
Tip: on weekdays the brunch is around a third of the price as on weekends and while there is no dessert table the savoury food is near identical.
Location: Kolmas Linja 17
Opening Hours: Brunch is served 12-4pm Saturday and Sunday and you often need a reservation. They also do amazing a la carte dinners.
Cost: at 30€ for weekend brunch this is the most expensive brunch I’ve had in Helsinki
One of my favourite brunch spots. The mainly vegetarian buffet is delicious and there are always a few met/fish dishes too. And they have the best dessert table- laden with amazing cakes.
Location: Helsinginkatu 16
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
Cost: 20€ for weekend brunch, 10€ weekdays
6. IPL Kulmakuppila
This beautiful cafe is described by the owners as “a shared living room in the neighbourhood, a cosy place for starting the day or stopping for lunch” and it definitely feels that way. Split over two levels, with huge glass windows and a large indoor plant vine extending up the stairwell and draped around the top floor balcony, the cafe feels like the open plan living space of my dreams. It’s famous for its slow cooked porridge, freshly baked bread and delicious coffee. On Saturdays they serve “a hefty brunch” from 11-3pm.
Location: Porthaninkatu 13
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 11am-4pm, Sun closed
This place serves a good value brunch overlooking Bear Park. The buffet is not as extensive as other places and is more focused on breakfasty things like croissants and scrambled egs than the lunch style of other places. But the food they have is spot on and the place is always full.
Location: Viides linja 14
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
Cost: 17€ for Sunday brunch served between 10am-2pm
This tiny cosy cafe is tucked away beside a little park near the Sörnäinen metro. Their delicious breakfast sets mainly revolve around a large range of toasted sandwiches.
Location: Harjutori 2
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm , Sat 9am-4pm, Sun closed
Cost: 12.90€ for all day breakfast set
This place is such a vegetarian institution in Kallio that my landlord made a point of mentioning it when we moved into district. As well an extensive daily brunch they also have a huge range of coffee alternative lattes, from matcha, chai and turmeric to spruce latte!
Brunch is served from 11am daily and unlike most places in Helsinki, you pay by the weight of food on your plate instead of all you can eat.
Location: Toinen Linja 7
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun closed
Cost: 22.80€ per kilo
The decor in this place is inspiring upcycling at its best! It’s all vegan and there’s a yoga studio attached, lending a relaxed vibe to the cafe.
Location: Vaasankatu 14
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-7pm
Cost: 14€ for two different types of breakfast sets