The city of Kuopio has a range of coffeehouses and cafes for those looking for a pick-me-up. Each of these establishments serve great coffee, a variety of quality food and have a highly relaxing atmosphere. Some are even located in unique buildings or in beautiful surroundings. These are some of the best cafes for coffee connoisseurs to try out in Kuopio.
Cafe, Coffee Shop, European, $$$
Kahvila Kaneli (which is Finnish for ‘cinnamon’) pairs its delicious coffee with freshly made cakes, soups, salads and pies, which vary by season. The cafe also serves specialty coffees with flavours such as white chocolate, caramel and whipped cream and fresh smoothies.
Ramin Konditoria Kahvila Kuopio
Bakery, Cafe, European, $$$
This cake cafe serves coffee alongside delicious cakes, including Finnish delicacies such as bebes and breakfast pastries such as croissants. Ramin Konditoria is the perfect place for breakfast or ‘kakkukahvila’, which is Finnish for ‘coffee and cake’ and usually enjoyed in the afternoon with friends. On top of this, the cafe also serves gelato and lunch items and has a cake buffet.
Cafe, Bakery, Finnish, $$$
This classic Finnish cafe has been operating since 1913, selling baked goods throughout Finland and out of the Kuopio cafe. Trube serves cakes fresh from its on-site bakery and coffee served in Finnish Moomin mugs, making the cafe feel more like a comfortable living room.
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Peruvian, $$$
For a slightly different coffee taste, try Café Nazca for the best Peruvian coffee in Finland. Using sustainable, fair trade coffee beans bought directly from the farmers, the on-site roastery produces delicious fresh coffee in a wonderfully decorated cafe.
Puijo Tower Revolving Restaurant
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Northern European, $$$
The revolving restaurant in Kuopio’s top tourist spot is the perfect place to stop for coffee, with the added bonus of amazing views of Kuopio. The restaurant serves coffee throughout the entire day, but late morning around elevenses is the best time to visit the tower, as it is when the lighting conditions are the best and you can take in the best views of the city.
Cafe, Finnish, $$$
One of the most charming spots in Kuopio, Torikuja is a series of small artisan shops located in a reconstructed stable building, and also includes a small cafe. It is especially charming around Christmastime when you can enjoy your coffee and rest your feet after Christmas shopping while listening to live carolers.
Muumi Pannari Kahvila
Cafe, European, $$$
One of the most unique and adorable cafes in Kuopio, the Moomin cafeteria in the Carlson department store serves coffee, tea, ice cream and pancakes themed on Finland’s favourite children’s series. It is a great cafe both for families and for adults who want to indulge in a little nostalgia. The pancakes, based on the ones frequently served in the series by Moominmamma, make for a delicious brunch or snack and pair perfectly with coffee.
Panorama Bar & Cafe
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Finnish, $$$
You’ll have to take the ski lift to reach this cafe at the top of a slope of the Tahko ski resort, but the views will be more than worth it. The Panorama Café is a classic Finnish log cabin building containing a bar, restaurant and coffeehouse with some of the best views of the Kuopio countryside, which are especially beautiful in the winter. It is an especially perfect place to rest during a day of skiing and take in the beauty of Finnish nature.