Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A little paradise in the heart of the city

Finland, Helsinki, Café, Sinisen Huvilan Kahvila

The Töölönlahti bay in Helsinki is one of the locals' favorite spots for chilling out, birds spotting, running and exercising between the railway tracks and the Mannerheimintie. The bay is surrounded by trees and three very famous monuments: the Finlandia Hall, the Opera and the Aleksis Kivi house. But other landmarks are visible such as the National Museum, the Olympic Tower and the amusement park Linnanmäki. There are also a small sauna, a restaurant and a café around the path. The "Blue Café" offers one of the best views over the city.

Finland, Helsinki, Café, Sinisen Huvilan Kahvila
Beautiful view, sun, coffee and korvapuusti: what else do you need?

The cosy Café Sinisen Huvilan Kahvila opened in 1995 is located at the top of the hill below the trees in front of the Finlandia Hall. It is the perfect place for enjoying a cup of coffee (2.10€) with one of Finland's delicacy: the korvapuusti, a cinnamon bun. The freshly baked pastry has a diameter of about 15 cm and costs 3.50€. It has a strong cinnamon taste and is not as sticky as in many other cafés. A soup lunch is served daily. From the terrace, the view is beautiful whatever season it is. Despite the fact that the railway tracks are just behind the hill, the place is very silent. At the end of the day the sunset can be admired from there.

Finland, Helsinki, Café, Sinisen Huvilan Kahvila
Coffee is just around the corner

Finland, Helsinki, Café, Sinisen Huvilan Kahvila

Finland, Helsinki, Café, Sinisen Huvilan Kahvila
Water for doggies

Not only humans are welcome. Dogs get their own bowl of fresh water. In many places, terraces are full of sparrows ready to steal your food. But here, there are almost none as people are not allowed to feed them.

Everything is done to make your stay memorable. If you feel cold, just grab a blanket.

This café is located near very touristic places but there are surprisingly very few tourists at that café which definitively is worth a visit!

The café is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Website of the café (only in Finnish)

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