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Pohjoisesplanadi 37, Helsinki 00100, Finland
+358 9 665496
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 21:00
Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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229 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW via mobile

The location of this cafe is perhaps the reason for its popularity but the baked items and the coffee are very good also.

Thank Hannu H
Kuwait, Al Kuwayt, Kuwait
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

we had the experinc because we saw many peaple lining to eat there so it was delicious , the sweet was woooow

Thank Hanaa A
Helsinki, Finland
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84 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sit here and relax in the summer. See all the people strolling through in the heart of Helsinki. Enjoy and take some delicious salad.

Thank Toolonparoni100
Helsinki, Finland
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71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This coffee shop is must-visit. Location in the downtown is great (same street as Starbucks, so better come here, it is 100% better). The place has nice atmosphere with many places to sit, however, it is very often crowded (but you always find a spot to sit). The coffee is tasty and strong. Moreover, you can buy different typical Finnish... More 

Thank haanahh
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

The cafe has a good location. We visited several times while in Helsinki. The food quality was great, and the service was friendly but efficient. They roast their own coffee (downstairs) so the lattes we had were really good, with a tasty rich coffee base. The breakfast special of freshly squeezed orange juice, a choice of coffees and a basket... More 

Thank Oli_Blat
Southern Finland, Finland
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417 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

When I saw in a newspaper an article telling about this particular pastry which was inspired from the photo of Lennu, the dog of president Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio I just had to arrange time to taste this fancy cake. I was positively surprised, it was not too sweet and it didn't have buttercream or whipped cream inside.... More 

Thank vivian L
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

The pastries and coffee in this place are very good but expensive. You have to pay like 5€ for a cinnamon bun. Also the chairs, tables and the cutlery are a bit scratchy and outdated.

Thank Markus P
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Cafe Esplanade looks very fancy by the first look but actually this place is definitely in need of some renovation. Dining hall is very outdated and not in good condition. Coffee is overpriced and pastry too, though there is a large selection of products. Not worth of queuing! In overall, there are nicer (and cheaper) coffee shops in Helsinki.

Thank aroundtheoyster
Helsinki, Finland
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175 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

This cafe has a prime location on the posh street of Esplanade in the heart of Helsinki. Cafe Esplanad is very popular which makes it slightly unruly. People rushing here and there. However, they serve the biggest bakeries in town. The coffee is good and the bakeries delicious. In spring and summer it is lovely to sit outdoors, sip cappuccino... More 

Thank Kai J
Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Nice cakes, nice coffee but then you'd expect them to be for €19 for two people. Lots of choices and quick service make this a place to choose over the Starbucks down the road.

Thank Jeremy M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$12 - US$22
Cafe, European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 37, Helsinki 00100, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Uusimaa  >  Helsinki
  • Phone Number: +358 9 665496

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?