We created the Cafés of Helsinki Instagram account with the idea of sharing café tips to people living or travelling in Helsinki. From quaint to stylish, affordable to luxurious, featuring anything from traditional Finnish delicacies to exciting exotic goodies, Helsinki is packed full of lovely cafés, and there are more than we could have ever imagined! Thankfully that means that we can continue our hobby for a long time to come. For this article we have compiled a list of must-visit cafés without putting them in any specific order. We believe that the best café of Helsinki is possibly yet to be discovered! 😉
For some of the most enchanting sea views in Helsinki, make your way to the huge, 262-placed terrace of Café Torpanranta. Torpanranta caters for any possible culinary fancies you may have, whether you crave a generous portion of fresh, delicious salad, a traditional pastry with a funky specialty coffee, or simply a refreshing glass of wine. Torpanranta is open later than other cafes – it closes at 10pm, giving you ample time to enjoy the never-ending summer nights of Finland. Situated just a 10-minute bus ride away from central Helsinki, Torpanranta is within walking distance of numerous museums and gorgeous Finnish nature. Remember to bring your camera when visiting Torpanranta!
If you pop over the bridge to Lauttasaari, you’ll find a café building which is without a doubt one of the most unique in Helsinki, Café Mutteri. Mutteri means nut in Finnish (the hexagon shaped kind you put a screw in), and the shape of the building is true to its name. Mutteri is one of the longest-standing cafés of Helsinki, dating back to 1927. Back then it sold olden style candy canes, red fruit juice and tickets for the Drumsö-ferry, which carried passengers between Helsinki and Lauttasaari. The old-fashioned atmosphere has been wonderfully upheld in this adorably cosy café, where the dishes remind you of grandma’s finest, the tables are decorated with old newspaper cuttings, and the walls are full of posters featuring the likes of Elvis and The Flintstones. Today the café offers both sweet and savoury snacks, being especially famous for its filled croissants. In our opinion, the coffee is among the best in Helsinki!
Location: Sandelsinkatu 26
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm
Instagram: @relovecafe, @relovelifestyle
Relove is the elegant and classy combination of a café and second hand shop. Located by Töölöntori, this entity is a proper paradise for anyone interested in recycling and being environmentally friendly – they serve organic and locally produced food, for example delicious raw cakes and salads. The shop’s sales racks are filled with gorgeous, affordable second hand items, and the beautiful furniture and indoor plants contribute to the enjoyable atmosphere of Relove. The plates, mugs and other details are delightful, and thankfully you can buy some of them for yourself from the shop’s pop up corner. You can even reserve a sales rack of your own. Relove opened its doors only last spring, and we predict a long and successful future for it!
For a quick trip to New York City, you should definitely pay a visit to Brooklyn Café! Brought to Helsinki by two sisters from Brooklyn, this wonderful café offers you authentic New York Style bagels and cupcakes, wonderfully friendly baristas and a chance to practise your small talk in English. Despite the exquisite, playfully decorated interior, our favourite seats were outside – morning coffee tastes exceptional while observing the city waking up, the passing people and the ubiquitous Helsinki trams. Brooklyn’s slogan ‘Handmade by love’ is especially notable in the mouth-melting goodness of its traditionally American Red Velvet Cupcakes. These cupcakes, along with many other heavenly flavours, can also be ordered home from the nearby Brooklyn Bakery. Both Brooklyn Café and Bakery are definitely places not to be missed!
Ipi Kulmakuppila, ’coffeeshop on the corner’ is an oasis of luscious green and white in the somewhat stonier facades surrounding it in the famous district of Kallio. The Nordic interior design and three storeys provide a nice variety of atmospheric seating options. Ipi Kulmakuppila has made a special effort with witty names and interesting presentation of their savoury goodies – we tried the chicken bagel ’Kot Kot’ (’Cluck cluck’) and the ingenious salmon rye bread sandwich in a glass, ’Rye Rye’. From Monday to Friday Ipi offers a special breakfast and lunch menu, and their Saturday brunch is extremely popular. Pop by Ipi Kulmakuppila when you would like to spend a lovely afternoon at a feel-good cafe, whose heart-warming story can be read from their home page!