First, I want to apologize to all my friends who have travelled to Finland and I failed to take you to this café. I have no idea how it’s even possible but I seriously had never visited it myself! Regatta sure is something you shouldn’t miss when in Helsinki.
Café Regatta is situated by the sea in the Töölö neighbourhood. It’s open from morning till evening every single day of the year. In summer be prepared for long queues.
Welcome to the beach?! Some Finnish humour going on here.
If you want to have your coffee outside and it’s cold – no fear – there are blankets at hand.
There’s even a fire and some furs to sit on.
You can buy sausages inside to grill outside.
This signboard outside contains a Finnish saying – “punainen tupa ja perunamaa” which means “a red cottage and a potato field”. The saying comes from the fact that apparently many Finns dream of having a little red cottage with the possibility of farming potatoes..
How about sitting in a rocking chair? Maybe not in winter!
Looks inviting – go on, step in! Do have some cash with you so you can buy some goodies. Regatta will soon have the possibility of paying by card but at the time I was there the machine wasn’t in operation yet.
It’s very dimly lit inside and my photos did not do it justice, so you will just have to make do with a picture of my delicious “korvapuusti” – ie. cinnamon bun. The decor is very eccentric – you will see what I mean when you go.
I definitely want to visit Regatta in summer. Imagine a summer’s evening when the sun doesn’t set, sitting outside with a cup of tea and korvapuusti – perfection.
After or before your visit you can make a quick stop to the nearby Sibelius park to see the Sibelius monument by Eila Hiltunen. The monument is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius who we Finns see as our greatest composer. I used to think this monument was very ugly but now I just think it’s quite cool.
The last time I was at this particular park was when I was a child. But I’ve been itching to take a photo of these pipes for ages.
Have you had a chance to visit Café Regatta? What is your favourite café in Helsinki? What do you think of the Sibelius monument?