Many people come to Helsinki on a cruise ship and are in town for a short time. If you are in town for a short time, one thing not to miss is Helsinki’s coffee culture. Going to a coffee shop and getting a pulla is so adorably Finnish, and it would be an absolute shame to miss. Once the weather gets warmer and more people are outside, the city has to literally pop up extra coffee shops (pictured) to keep up with the coffee demand! 🙂 These are my top recommendations for cafes in Helsinki.
Café Engel has the most amazing coffee and pulla, but it is also a wonderful place for a full meal. It is more of a fancy cafe, but I brought my crazy kids in many times, and the staff is very friendly. The best part is the view… the Cathedral! Sit by the window, and you will be looking right out onto the Senate Square. I’d recommend this cafe, as it is very close to where a tourist would be anyways, and the food is superb. It is also a fitting stop after visiting the Senate Square, as it is named after its architect!
Brooklyn Café is in a beautiful part of Helsinki, near lots of fun independent shops. It is not traditional Finnish food, but the charm is very authentic.
Café Regata is a bit outside the city center, but near the famous Sibelius monument. It is my favorite cafe in Helsinki! The pulla is amazing, and you can also get a grillimakkara and roast it on the campfire the cafe has outside. It is a great place to go and relax, as it is right next to the water. It is also a great place for kids, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even rent a canoe from there!
Sinisen Cafe is a cafe on the Töölö bay. It is a perfect summer place to relax with an amazing view. It is a great spot to stop on a walk around the bay to relax and chat with friends.
Other cafes worth mentioning are the Fazer cafe in the city center, which is in a nice central location, but lacking in charm and over-priced. The cafe in Stockmann is also nice, as well as the Starbucks in Stockmann, but the line is always very long, and if you’re only in Helsinki for one day, you would waste a lot of time there. Though I have to mention the Starbucks always has the nicest people working there. Robert’s Coffee is a popular chain in Finland, and they have great coffee and great prices. If you want to learn more about the cafes in Helsinki, there is a whole section on them in the travel book “Helsinki” by Heidi Kalmari. I would very highly recommend this book to have an amazing holiday in Helsinki.