Helsinki is nothing short of spectacular in terms of restaurant variety; a place where traditional Scandinavian smoked foods meet interior design in chic urban locations. Check out these top spots for brunch in the city.
Located on Tervasaari Island, within walking distance from the city’s main market square, Savu is a unique restaurant with a distinct country charm and atmosphere. The 19th-century tar barn’s design augments the authentic ambience, backing up the traditional cuisine on the menu. As the name suggests, Savu (“smoked”) specializes in exceptional smoked dishes. Don’t miss the lamb entrecote – slowly braised in smoked beer stock.
Savu, Tervasaarenkannas, Helsinki, Finland, +358 9 74255574
Fazer cafe isn’t just a coffee place, but a delicatessen where fresh baked breads, pastries and chocolate are all hand-made and fantastic. A legend of Finnish pastry cooking with a dash of French-Russo style, Fazer was opened by the chocolatier Karl Fazer. Fazer’s best breakfast comes with crusty slices of bread, turkey and ham, smoothies and iced cakes.
Karl Fazer Café, Kluuvikatu 3, Helsinki, Finland, +358 20 7296702
Spacious and panoramic, Carusel is a cafe by the seaside, where delicious breakfasts and an unspoiled view over the Baltic meets the eye. Classy and spacious, the cafe’s location offers year-round indoor seating, while the outdoor terrace is simply perfect in the summer. The breakfast is loaded with Finnish specialities, like cold smoked salmon, turkey pastrami, wheat and rye bread, all accompanied by fresh vegetables and a large variety of fruits and muesli.
Carusel, Merisatamanranta 10, Helsinki, Finland, +358 9 6224522
Famed across the city for its sweets, Café Ekberg goes all the way back to 1850. Classic in its structure and service, the bakery and patisserie serve unique Finnish brunches along with a number of delicious cakes. In an elegant French interior, the popular breakfast options include porridge, cereals, yogurt, eggs, omelets, cold cuts, cheeses, vegetables and much, much more.
Café Ekberg, Bulevardi 9, Helsinki, Finland, +358 9 68118660
Block by Dylan
Dylan is a lunch and brunch place where design meets a wide variety of food. The family restaurant is driven by Kim Heiniö’s love for Scandinavian minimalism and brings a fresh and natural feeling to the urban landscape. Wooden walls, black-and-white sketches and a buffet that changes regularly all make this venue a swanky and—above all—tasty spot to visit on a chilly morning.
Blocks by Dylan, Eteläranta 18, 00800 Helsinki, Finland, +35 040 169 0102
Boasting a truly special atmosphere, Töölönranta is a modern restaurant with a fantastic central view over Helsinki’s bay and promenade. The morning meals are simply excellent; Töölönranta offers up a smorgasbord of buffet options with international dishes such as braised veal and Madeira sauce, along with fresh Finnish fish and seafood like shrimp, smoked salmon and oysters.
Ravintola Töölönranta, Helsinginkatu 56, Helsinki, Finland, +358 9 61285700
Simplistic yet classy, Kiila is a real Helsinki favorite. Spacious inside, the joint offers a great panorama over the center of the city, made all the better by the large floor-to-ceiling windows. For breakfast, lunch and brunch, the restaurant is overflowing with deliciously wholesome buffets, featuring freshly baked croissants, avocado, salads, red beets and fruits, all with a pinch of Finnish salmon for good measure.
Kiila, Kalevankatu 1, Helsinki, Finland, +35 040 511 8952
Southpark is bursting with positivity and livelihood. A well thought-out menu awaits inside, with traditional dishes like the classic hot dog taking on all new and interesting forms. But there’s more; every day brings different brunch specials, from juicy Lahori lamb to rainbow trout with vegetables and Sindhi beef curries.
Sinebrychoff Park, Bulevardi 40, Helsinki, Finland, +358 50 414 3332
Idyllic, pristine and set in a gorgeous environment in the area of Helsinki Laajasalo, Stansvik is a worthwhile trip for those who just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The restaurant boasts a spacious terrace close to the water and a stylish inside to boot. The highlights of the lunch menu are the juicy house burger, the grilled salmon and the roasted beef tenderloin.
Stansvik, Stansvikintie 1, Helsinki, Finland, +358 50 4311651