*Updated October 2021*

Being full-time self-employed or freelancing comes with pros and cons. Working at my own schedule and pace, wearing what I want and being where I want are my favourite perks. However, I’ve discovered at times that working from home isn’t the best option for me, especially on days when I really need to get busy – so here are some of the best places in Helsinki to get some work done. I love spending my mornings at home, I’m slow then, and need plenty of coffee to get started. But as soon as I’m starting to try to get productive, often the fridge or the couch seem like more inviting options, so the safer way is to move somewhere else for the day.

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During intense research, I’ve discovered the very best places in Helsinki to work from! Whether you’re a freelancer, visiting the city, a student or have out-days from your office, finding a good place to focus and avoid procrastination can be hard to come by, if you’re not all too acquainted. So let me help you fix that.

With more companies opting for home-office days for their staff, more people finding their way to entrepreneurship and generally way more flexibility in working for both Helsinki locals and visitors, here’s a bunch of new places that my work friends and myself have found to be great spots for an out-of-office day.

Criteria: strong wifi and power plug availability, good coffee and snacks, general atmosphere such as mood and lighting, location.


ONE MORE THING: whenever you go and spend a couple of hours and one of these places, remember to make your stay worthwhile for the owners too – after my last post I found out that one of the places had banned laptops from their café because they lost customers and money by people hogging the tables – so don’t be that guy.



Roasberg

Mikonkatu 13 – Opening hours: Mon – Thu 08.00 – 22.00, Fri 08.00 – 24.00, Sat 10.00 – 24.00, Sun 10.00 – 22.00

Located very close to the railway station, there is super easy access through various trams, busses and the metro, so that’s a plus. Bike parking spots are on the other side of the street too. If you go around lunchtime you can get coffee with your meal, smaller options and snacks are always available. I particularly love the big windows that brighten up the place. The music playing is generally good for working, big windows and a lot of natural light in the front part of Roasberg make it a local favourite for a work session. The plug availability isn’t the greatest, so keep an eye out for that, but wifi is great – and a local favourite to get some work done in Helsinki.


Think Corner

Yliopistonkatu 4 – Opening hours: Mon–Fri 8–20, Sat 11–17

As part of the Helsinki University, many don’t know that the Think Corner Café is actually open for anybody. This place is stunning with high ceilings and stunning architecture of wood and concrete, natural light from the ceiling and most importantly – good coffee and proper wifi. Get there easily by trams 4, 5, 7, 9 or by metro to the University of Helsinki.


Paulig Kulma

Aleksanterinkatu 9 – Opening hours: Mo-Fr 7.30 – 20.00, Sa 9.00 – 20.00, Su 10.00 – 20.00

Another favourite for everyone, is Kulma, a cosy and modern café in the heart of the city. The Barista Institute Kulma is really popular, so if you want a proper spot to work, come early. Coffee is very great and if you manage to catch one of the nooks on the second floor – that’s the best place. Arrival by trams 4, 5, 7, 9 or by metro to the University of Helsinki.


Harju 8

Harjutori 8 – Opening hours: daily 11-02

Ah the home feels! I popped in here just for a quick coffee the first time, and quickly returned for the memories of cafés in Luxembourg it brought me. Good coffee, delightful service. Get there by metro to Sörnäinen or trams 8, 9, 6, 7, 1.


Sofia Helsinki

Sofiankatu 4 – Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8–18, Sat & Sun closed

More about Sofia Helsinki here soon – because Sofia is not only a co-working space offering day passes if you’re just dropping in. It is very inviting for a calm work session (and worry not, there’s also coffee) but also an event location, and great food options at their Restaurant. Probably the most beautiful location as well. Arrival by trams 4, 5, 7, 9 or by metro to the University of Helsinki.


Story Kamppi & Tripla

Kamppi Shopping Centre, 5th floor – Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11-18

Several locations – and the Kamppi location is a classic. Glorious city views and especially good breakfast are a fantastic location to get productive.


Flät no 14

Viides Linja 14 – Opening hours: Mon-Tue 08-18. Wed-Fri 08-23. Sat 09-23. Sun 09-17

I’m particularly fond of their breakfast menu, from which you can select a bunch of smaller dishes that are all delicious. Lovely calm place to spend some time with good food and some work. Trams 3, 6, 7 and 9 stop right in front of the place, but the Hakaniemi metro stop is also not far.


St. George Bakery

Yrjönkatu 13 – Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Not only is their bread amazing, their good coffee and pastries are also great company for a little work session. Tucked under the St. George hotel, this bakery spot is probably one of my favourite little secrets to get some work done.


22 Comments

  • Thanks a lot for this :)! I have waited a list like this forever so I’m very glad it’s out there now. It’s actually pretty hard to find a suitable place for working, so you just made my search a lot easier :).

    • kathrin

      Haha, I’m glad! Happy to help. It’s indeed difficult sometimes, especially when you’re really busy there’s no time for compromises! Also when visiting places it can be a real struggle to find something quickly!

  • Thank you! I was trying really hard to find places like these, as I am studying and being home can be distracting. Then someone sent me a link to your article 🙂

    I am looking forward to try all of them, but Cargo above all, as it’s close to where I live and is vegetarian! Can’t wait to read part 2 now 🙂

    • kathrin

      Oh, so happy to hear that! Hope you enjoy the places as much as I do! Good luck with studying! 🙂

  • Also the famous HUB13 on Kaisaniemenkatu 13A 🙂 Day passes are even more affordable, and there are always interesting events going on!

    • kathrin

      Thanks for the comment! The place is on my list of things to check out for the follow-up post 🙂 Have a great week Alex!

  • Hola Kathrin!! , great review, I need some spot for sundays. I just landed Suomi yesterday. I wil try Kahvi Charlotta then the other ones.

    • kathrin

      Glad to hear! And good call – I should edit the weekend-situation for those, so thanks for the idea! Enjoy Helsinki and good luck with your work-endeavours! 🙂

  • love the place! look so comfy and the place is so good for do your assignment!
    have a great day
    xx,
    http://evelyn-halim.blogspot.co.id/

    • kathrin

      Yey, glad to hear that! Which place was your favourite?

  • Really helpful list. I particularly like Cargo to work.

    • kathrin

      Glad you found it helpful! Cargo is lovely. Maybe I should head to that rooftop today…

  • Thank you. This is so helpful as I can hardly find good places to do blogging work. Many cafes in Helsinki are great but quite noisy.

  • Eric Seufert

    Thanks, this is really great!

    • kathrin

      Thanks Eric, I’m glad! 🙂 Hope you enjoy(ed) Helsinki!

  • Thank you so much for this list! Really good review and nice places! I actually got so inspired of your post so I made an video about cafes in Helsinki. Feel free to check it out!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47INYUWBBi8&t=73s
    cheers, Leevi

  • I don’t know how up-to-date you keep this blog, but these tips have been really helpful to me. I also recommend “Lost in Helsinki” which has exceptionally LONG opening hours, even on weekends! It has free strong wifi, coffee, tea, softdrinks, and alcoholic beverages, as well as food. Even the restaurant is open at least until midnight. At the same time, it is not so loud as normal bars (for me as a nightowl, it is a really big problem that most cafes in Helsinki already close at 5 or 6 pm).

    • kathrin

      Hey, thanks so much for your comment! I’m glad this was helpful to you! Definitely planning a Part 2 of this, your input is awesome!

  • Annina

    Thanks Katrin!!😊

  • Thanks for your tips! I also recommend Lloyds Cafe & Bakery, Pengerkatu 9, Kallio. Quite cozy, friendly and popular with laptop tappers!

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