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Helsinki Cafes: coffee, sauna and brunch


Finns are among the biggest coffee consumers in the world. The popularity of coffee in Finland dates back to its introduction under Swedish rule in the 18th century; the expensive beverage was first served only on holidays but in the 1870s Finns started to enjoy it on weekdays as well. Today, coffee and pastries belong to Finnish culture and are nearly as much a Finnish institution as the sauna. From Helskini’s many café choices, here is a short selection of the best

Susan Fourtané ,

Café Tin Tin Tango
Café Tin Tin Tango is of the best cafés in Helsinki to enjoy an early Continental breakfast before exploring Töölö district and the parks nearby. The café’s sauna can be booked for an individual session or for a group; this is the perfect opportunity to try a genuine Finnish sauna and enjoy a delicious salad afterwards – or to relax in the evening with mood-enhancing music and the café’s excellent wine selection.

Café Tin Tin Tango, Töölöntorinkatu 7, 00260 Helsinki, Finland, +358 (0)9 270 90972

Café Regatta
Café Regatta has an excellent location in Töölö, in front of the Sibeliuspuisto (Sibelius Park), the Nature House and the Sibelius monument, one of the most popular attractions in Helsinki. This friendly café, in a little red house by the sea that looks as though it has come from a fairy tale, offers a cosy atmosphere and the best home baked korvapuisti (cinnamon roll) in Helsinki to go with your coffee. The café accepts only cash and offers a five-cent refund with every refill.

Café Regatta, Merikannontie 10, 00260 Helsinki, Finland, +358 (0)40 076 0049

Karl Fazer Café
For those seeking one of the most traditional brands and cafés in Finland, Karl Fazer Café is the place to go. The menu highlights high-quality, healthy and delicious options for a quick snack, a sweet treat or a light lunch, alongside some of the best coffee available in Finland. The company promotes healthy food choices in collaboration with the Finnish Heart Association.

Karl Fazer Café, Kluuvikatu 3, Helsinki, Finland, +358 020 7296702

Café Ursula
This high-class café in Kaivopuisto offers beautiful seaside scenery in summer as well as in winter. It is the perfect stop after an afternoon walk to enjoy a delicious prawn sandwich with a cup of tea or a cappuccino, followed by a selection from the wide choice of cakes. Amateur pianists can fulfil their dream of playing to an audience; anyone is welcome to perform on the café’s piano.

Café Ursula, Ehrenströmintie 3, 00140 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 652817

Sis Deli+Café
Founded by two sisters who left their corporate jobs to fulfill their dream of doing what they really enjoyed, Sis Deli+Café offers a variety of healthy fresh food and specialities from Finland. This is the perfect place to indulge in delicious raspberry chocolate or start the day with a healthy portion of muesli, fresh fruit and special local honey.

Sis Deli+Café, Kalevankatu 4, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)10 422 9301

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