Do you know the feeling when you have been walking around shopping or exploring a city and you suddenly feel the urge to rest and have a coffee? Well thankfully in Helsinki we have many very lovely cafés to choose from and you do not have to necessarily venture off the beaten track. Here are two examples right in the city centre.
For the most beautiful view, you should pop into Café Engel. Engel is located in one of the oldest buildings in Helsinki (Aleksanterinkatu 26) right opposite the Helsinki Cathedral.
What I love about Café Engel is that they serve breakfast as late as five pm! Their breakfast dishes are all very tempting from French to a bacon and eggs breakfast. They also have lunch at affordable prices and delicious cakes and pastries. Engel is open on Sundays which is not always the case in Helsinki.
For another historical experience, you should visit the Karl Fazer Café on Kluuvikatu. You might have heard of Fazer chocolates? This is the place where it all started in 1891 when young Karl Fazer decided to open a French-Russian café in this location and brought with him exotic recipes from his travels around the globe. It is one of my favourite places to go for breakfast because even on weekdays you will find a full buffet breakfast waiting for you. The cafés’ weekend brunch is very popular (also on Sundays), so it is advisable to book a table. You will not want to miss the deli inside where you will find chocolates, sweets, cakes and freshly baked bread.
The pictures below are from Fazer Café Citycenter which is one of the newest Fazer cafés in Helsinki. I love their back tea which tastes of strawberry, cream and champagne. You really cannot fault the other goodies on display either. You can also find a Fazer Café in the Forum shopping centre and in other cities in Finland too.