Whenever you get to travel to a new place, there are several things that you have to cross off your list or itinerary to make sure that you get the most out of your trip.
Aside from going to the famous tourist spots in the area and traversing nature with your best carry-on luggage, you should also ensure that you find a way to try out the local cuisine in one way or another.
If you’re into drinking coffee, then you should definitely make sure that you try out the local coffee scene in the place you’re traveling to. On that note, for a lot of coffee lovers, Finland is a great place to go to.
They have a robust coffee culture in the scene, especially in the southern capital of Finland, Helsinki. Not only do these places give you coffee, but they’re also quite pretty to look at too. That said, below are some cafes in Helsinki that you should check out and get some of your daily dose of caffeine in.
One of the best coffee shops in Helsinki is Paulig Kulma. It is located in the Kluuvi shopping center within the city. This cafe has two stories and it even has a Barista Institute on the premises. Aside from the cafe itself, it has a roastery and a terrace, as well as a coffee store.
This cafe was developed by local family-owned food and drink company in celebration of their 140-year anniversary. Aside from high-quality coffee, they also offer a variety of food to pair with their numerous drink options.
This cafe is open as early as 7:30 AM on weekdays but on weekends, they’re open at 10 AM. From Monday to Thursday, this shop closes at 8 PM and for the rest of the week, the closing time is an hour earlier.
Café Regatta is another wonderful cafe with its interesting structure, to say the least. First of all, it’s located right by the sea and it looks like a small red cottage, one you’d imagine the Little Red Riding Hood would go to.
Also owned by Paulig food and drink company, the cafe is famous for their blueberry pie as well as their cinnamon buns, So, it is a good idea to pair your coffee with these delicacies when you order.
Café Regatta is open from 8 AM to 9 PM daily.
This next cafe is another beautiful coffee shop that is located in the middle of the city. It lies inside what is called the Lasipalatsi or the Glass Palace.
The interesting thing about the decor of the place is that it shows a style of Functionalism like no other, reminiscent of the mid-1930s. This design choice for Cafe Lasipalatsi is deliberate now, so even if the place goes through some sort of renovation, no big aesthetic changes are allowed.
Upstairs to the cafe is a restaurant and a bar as well.
For a quaint and peaceful time drinking your coffee while people-watching or looking at the Helsinki Cathedral, you should check out the Cafe Engel.
This cafe is located in the Old Market Hall which is also known as the Kamppi Mall on the 5th floor. The place definitely has a subdued and classic feel to it. And although it’s located in a tourist area, it’s still peaceful enough to enjoy a cup of coffee during particular times of the day.
The best part is that coffee refills are free here.
Strindberg Cafe is a gorgeous and upper-class cafe that is elegant but still warm. With its renovation, it aims to have the feel of entering a living room so that everybody feels warm and welcome to stay in the cafe.
This cafe not only has a coffee shop but there is also a restaurant and a library bar in the place. It’s the perfect place to read a few books and have a few cups of coffee with it to help you dive into that book.
Johan & Nyström
Johan & Nyström is a cafe in Helsinki that was made by a group of friends looking to spread the love of coffee without exploiting the many coffee producers in the world.
They are passionate about creating high-quality coffee without compromising on certain principles that they have about making coffee through sustainable means.
The cafe itself is beautiful and warm with high ceilings and has a very organic vibe to space. No one would feel unwelcome in this space, and they have plenty of food and drinks to offer as well.
For vegans worldwide, Roots is a cafe in Helsinki that will be a great place to relax in. Aside from coffee and the beautiful earthy aesthetic to space, you can definitely try out their vegan menu that also has a lot of juices that are healthy and delicious.
Roots is also a haven for Yogis. So if you want to have some coffee while looking for a yoga studio, then Roots is definitely the place for you.
Ihana Kahvila Baari
Ihana Kahvila Baari is a unique coffee shop, to say the least.
It’s a shipping container and rugged style of a cafe and a lot of the seating is located outside. So if you’re used to the commercial coffee shops around you, then this one will be a unique and different experience.
Nonetheless, the cafe offers a lovely view of the sea by the docks, especially on a clear day. The local art is also a nice touch and great to admire and look at too.
Art Cafe Taideterassi
This cafe, unlike most of the other cafes, are open quite late into the day as they operate only between 11 AM to 8 PM.
Art Cafe Taideterassi has a beautiful outside sitting by the water that will be great to drink coffee beside. Of course, cinnamon buns are a great order to choose from their menu, so you should try it out while admiring the waters in their seatings.