The Best Cafés and Bakeries in Helsinki
Experience Helsinki's finest cafés and bakeries with our expert-curated guide to perfect sourdough breads, flaky croissants, and the best cup of coffee in town.
Helsinki, known for its cozy charm and innovative culinary scene, is a haven for those who appreciate exceptional coffee, artisanal bread, and delicious pastries. In this guide, we bring you the best cafés and bakeries in Helsinki, spotlighting the must-visit places for every coffee lover and bread geek. From the rustic sourdough and sweet buns at Way Bakery, to the historic charm of Ekberg 1852, and the perfected croissants at Layers, each location offers a unique slice of Helsinki's café culture. This selection is based on the recommendations of World of Mouth local experts like Helena Puolakka, Kenneth Nars and Toni Toivanen.
Whether you're a local in search of the perfect morning brew or a visitor eager to indulge in Finnish baking traditions, this guide is your key to discovering the best cafés and bakeries in Helsinki.
Way Bakery is a versatile spot that serves as a bakery, cafe, wine bar, and restaurant, known for its cool vibes and natural wines. It's a popular destination for its fantastic sourdough bread, delicious coffee, and a menu that transitions from breakfast and brunch to evenings. The place has a modern, quirky style, offering a great breakfast with their famous sourdough, butter, charcuterie, and cheese, a daily special for lunch, and transforms into a wine bar with snacks and a bistro menu in the evening.
All-day hip café-bakery, great sourdough bread and wines in the evenings. Way is one of my favorite bakeries in Helsinki. The bread itself is fantastic. The coffees are delicious. Their sourdough bread is probably the best in Helsinki.They do breakfast, brunch and evenings. It's a bit hipster, quirky, modern style and you feel like being in New York or London. The energy that they have put into their product and the way they serve it, is always worth a visit.
Konditoria Hopia is a traditional bakery known for its Carelian pasties, meat-rice pasty, and pulla sweet buns. It's a spot where tradition meets trend, offering an authentic experience for Carelian pie enthusiasts. With options like barley, rice, or mashed potato fillings, and the addition of chopped egg butter and coffee, it stands as a top choice for afternoon coffee and pasties.
Being a carelian pie -freak (karjalanpiirakka in Finnish) it can be a struggle to find a great one in Helsinki. Konditoria Hopia is probably your best choice in the capital. A place so traditional, that it feels almost trendy and hipsterish. Great spot for afternoon coffee - as long as you don´t expect lattes.
Eromanga Oy is a traditional lunch café-bakery known for its 'lihapiirakka', a local meat pasty. The café is a popular spot for locals and workers alike, serving a variety of pastries, including the doughnut-like deep-fried pasty filled with rice, minced meat, and onion. Established in 1946, Eromanga Oy continues to be a significant part of the food and social culture, offering an authentic experience with its savory and sweet offerings.
Classic Finnish meat pieEromangan meat pie is an institution for this fatty, hot and just delicious meat pie. Highly recommended to get here early and meet the workers having their morning pie and coffee. This is a part of real Helsinki!
Ekberg 1852 is a historic café and pastry shop located in Helsinki, renowned for its traditional pastries and sandwiches that have remained unchanged for years. This family-run establishment, dating back to 1852, is a favorite meeting spot for locals, often frequented by generations of the same families. With its grand café ambiance reminiscent of Central Europe, Ekberg 1852 offers a range of seasonal specialties, including the Runeberg cake and May Day funnel cake, alongside a delightful old-school breakfast buffet.
Ekberg is special in the sense that it's a place for local people. There’s really a sense of belonging.Ekberg is wonderful. For me, it’s the place to go for afternoon tea. Or just for fika, with a cup of Café au lait, a cinnamon bun or other nice pastry. It's a really lovely spot. Ekberg is special in the sense that it's a place for local people. You know you have generations of the same families going there. It has all the elements of being in Central Europe when you sit there. The table service is great, and the menu has been the same forever when it comes to pastries and sandwiches, and there’s really a sense of belonging somewhere when you are there.
Rams Roasters is a cozy coffee spot in Southern Helsinki, known for its selection of beans from various roasters. They offer a variety of fresh pastries, both sweet and savory, with a special mention for their highly recommended cinnamon buns. This family-run café provides a homely atmosphere, serving homemade ice cream and delectable quiches, making it a neighborhood favorite.
One of the best coffee places in Southern Helsinki, with beans from a few different roasters. Probably the best cinnamon buns in town, nice quiches, cakes and house made ice cream.
Bakery Eatery Levain Töölö is a bakery and bistro that offers an array of bread, pastries, and lunch sets. Known for its organic food, it provides a bohemian atmosphere where you can enjoy fantastic breakfasts like organic granola-berry-yogurt, egg-brioches, and honey-topped waffles. With two convenient locations, it's a great spot for those seeking fresh, organic meals in a relaxed setting.
A wonderful bakery-bistro in two locations in Helsinki. This one in Töölö and the other one in Punavuori, both close to the city center. Organic food, fantastic breakfasts, intellectual and bohemian atmosphere. Go for breakfast and try the organic granola-berry-yogurt, egg-brioches and waffles with honey and other stuff.
St. George Bakery is a cozy, small café and bread shop located within the St. George Hotel, offering a selection of lunch dishes. It's known for its freshly baked bread, sweet pastries, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies, all served in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Customers particularly recommend their breakfast, stating it's made from some of the best products in Finland and needs to be booked in advance if not a hotel guest.
Some of the best products in Finland, I love breakfast at St George Bakery.I love breakfast at St George's café. The hotel breakfast is also really nice but you have to book it in advance if you are not a hotel guest. It's really good with some of the best products in Finland.
Layers is a small bakery shop renowned for its expertly crafted pastries. The establishment is managed by Finnish-Spanish baker, Daniel Tobal Autiokari, who has been recognized for making possibly the best croissants in the country. Customers should anticipate a wait during weekends, a testament to the bakery's popularity and the quality of its light, buttery croissants and pain au chocolat.
Probably the best croissants and other pastry in Finland. Tiny bakery shop, room for 2 people.Layers bakery in the Töölö district is most likely baking the best croissants in this country. The tiny bakery has room for max 2 people and is run by Finnish-Spanish baker Daniel Tobal Autiokari. The croissant and pain au chocolat have a perfect structure, combining lightness, butter flavour, crunch and soft interior. Prepare to stand in line on weekends.
Sörkan Rinkula is a cozy bagel cafe known for its freshly baked bagels with delectable fillings, prepared every morning in a traditional manner. They offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for both breakfast and lunch. Their menu changes daily, featuring a variety of bagel options, catering to different dietary needs, and a selection of beverages, ensuring there's something for everyone.
Tasty, fluffy and fresh bagels in Sörnäinen, HelsinkiSörkä rinkula is a small cute bagel cafe in Sörnäinen, Helsinki. The bagels have the perfect ”fluffy” texture and tasty fillings. They bake the bagels every morning fresh by first boiling them in syrup water and then they bake them in the pizzaoven. Warm and welcoming athmosphere. They are open for breakfast and lunch. It’s a perfect spot for a fast and cheap lunch.
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