Cafetoria is one of Finland's original Third Wave trendsetters. Opened in 2002, the company now has three cafes: a small and cozy one inside the roastery in Lohja (about 45km from Helsinki), a recently-opened cafe at Aalto University's campus in Otaniemi, and the main coffee shop in a 1925 Art Deco building in Töölö.
Kahvila Sävy is a cozy cafe in Kallio, a cute area with vintage boutiques and trendy restaurants. This coffee shop has been a part of the community for many years and is much loved by the locals. This is the kind of cafe you’d wanna spend your Sunday mornings in, reading a book, eating cinnamon buns, and drinking a good coffee full of flavor. Enjoy a flat white made with organic Finnish cow's milk, plus rotating roasters and excellent pastries.
Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo (Finnish for Helsinki Coffee Roastery) has three sites: a roastery and two cafes, all of which remained open throughout the lockdown. Their biggest seller is batch brew filter coffee, but they offer a wide range of coffees: ask the barista for Ota/Jätä (“take it or leave it”): a light roast single-origin coffee that changes seasonally and is available only in small batches. Traditionalists go for №3, a medium roasted filter blend of Brazilian and Ethiopian coffees.
El Fant is a cafe popular with both locals and tourists, thanks to its central location just a few steps away from the Senate Square and iconic Helsinki Cathedral. El Fant is a great place to stop at any time of the day: for breakfast or lunch, for a slice of cake in the afternoon, or a glass of wine in the evenings. They serve Good Life Coffee, changing feature coffees every other week, and it also sells beans from Finland’s best independent roasters, such as Frukt Coffee Roasters.
Tucked away in a small lane behind the University of Helsinki, Artisan Cafe is popular among students and coffee lovers from all around the city. Every day, customers have a choice of a batch brew coffee on offer and two select choices for pour-over, including an Origami Dripper with a Kalita paper filter. Come here for expertly brewed coffee and a friendly atmosphere.
Located on Aleksanterinkatu in the heart of Helsinki’s commercial center, this place is a coffee bar, a small-batch coffee roastery, and a Barista Institute where trainers provide training for professionals and coffee enthusiasts. Kulma’s head roaster, Tomi Nieminen, keeps their roasting light to work best with Finland’s soft water. Paulig Kulma usually offers four to six seasonal single estate coffees.
There is something special about Andante: it is warm and cozy, spacious, and comfortable. It’s also full of cute little touches such as a collection of traditional Finnish ceramic cups and saucers on the wall, shelves lined with flowers and plants hanging from the ceiling—even steamy glass windows add to the overall charm. Coffee is by Denmark's La Cabra Coffee and Samples Coffee (a Helsinki roaster), and the cinnamon buns are among the city’s very best.
Internationally well-regarded Kaffa is on a must-visit list for coffee tourists in Helsinki. This is perhaps the city’s most influential coffee bar and remains a bastion of high-quality roasting and brewing. To help customers choose their favorite coffees, Kaffa color codes the bags to distinguish between “fruity & floral,” “smooth & chocolatey,” and “sweet & dark berries.”
We Got This is an all-day cafe and wine bar located in the Design District. The menu at We Got This is short and simple: batch brew and V60, espresso-based drinks, tea and glögg, a traditional Finnish hot spiced drink. Also on offer are a range of exciting natural wines, small brewery beers, and kombucha. On the food side, there are pastries from GreenBake and Karelian pies from Piirakkaleipomo Räty.