The Ultimate Helsinki Guide to the best Breakfast, Cafés and Bakeries

Who doesn’t love breakfast? Helsinki has a bunch of just delicious breakfast cafés all around town, so make your pick! I’m more of a savoury kind of breakfast gal, so you can always win me over with good break, well-prepared eggs and of course – strong coffee. Any of these categories are of course somewhat interchangeable – some listed for breakfast also have great bread to take home, and the other way around!


In this article:

    Map overview of the best Breakfast, Cafés and Bakeries in Helsinki



    The best Helsinki Breakfast places

    Way: arguably one of the best and happiest breakfasts in town. The sourdough bread is everything.

    Levain: high-quality delicious breakfast options, great bread as well. I recommend a savoury dish of your choice but then a waffle to share. Also great breads to take home.

    We Got This: lovely service, great coffee and some of the best Karelian pies I’ve had.

    Green Hippo Café: lush and colourful breakfasts, their avocado toast is delicious and the summer terrace is gorgeous.

    Flät 14: loving the concept of several smaller dishes combines to the perfect breakfast menu!

    Story: an extensive breakfast menu with both sweet and savoury options, that’s great to enjoy in either the old market hall or overlooking the city in Kamppi mall.

    Kuuma: good choice for a healthy, pretty Helsinki breakfast in the city centre.

    Tin Tin Tango: a classic place for breakfast – French-inspired café that takes you on a little trip to Central Europe for sure – and you can do your laundry while you’re there, too.

    Gastro Café Kallio: all-day breakfast, with delicious and hearty dishes (excuse me, the cheese sandwich with rhubarb chutney!?).

    Green Hippo Café: a new classic in town, delightful breakfast options, and their version of avocado toast makes it taste as you’ve never had it before.

    Tanner: beautiful grand location and an extensive breakfast menu that’s ideal to start your day.

    IPI Kulma Kuppila: another Helsinki breakfast classic, lovely bright space, good coffee and a simple breakfast that’s always good

    The best Helsinki Cafés & Bakeries

    Coming from Central Europe, bread and pastries are my weakness – there is nothing that makes me happier than a buttery croissant, or a loaf of crusty bread. Luckily, the last years have brought us some amazing places to enjoy baked goods.

    St. George Bakery: for me personally – the best bread in town (the dark Levain!), and a lovely breakfast offer. Great pastries too.

    Greenbake: their Pain au chocolate is the closest I have found to what I enjoy at home in Luxembourg. It’s my favourite place for pastries and I am here all the time. Also a good breakfast!

    Enchanté: great croissants and other baked goods, good vibes and views out to street life. Also excellent coffee!

    Belle Baguette: the island of Jätkäsaari has a true neighbourhood gem, with deliciously flakey and buttery croissants and other proper French pastries, it makes my heart very happy.

    Robert’s Café Jugend: in this absolutely gorgeous venue, you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee – and their delicious ice-cream.

    Sävy: some of the best coffee you can find in the city, definitely worth going out of your way for.

    Café Succès: their cinnamon buns are the best in town. There. I said it. Comes with French flair and a charming street terrace in summer.

    Helkatti Cat Café: before we got our cat at home, the cat café was my dream place. Coffee and cat cuddles, what more can you ask for. Book a time beforehand!

    Le Grenier: little French bakery and café a bit out of the centre, but worth a trip to have the a great croissant.

    Paulig Kulma: great coffee and cosy nooks with city views right in the centre.

    Cafetoria: great coffee, knowledgeable and friendly service to help you find the best coffee for you!

    Birgitta: beautiful summer season seaside café with great coffee and views. (closed for the winter season now)

    Regatta: a true classic that will never disappoint you with its cinnamon buns and seaside flair.

    Andante: some of the best speciality coffee in the city, lovely location and just always a positive experience. If you can snatch one of the croissants – do it.

    Kaffa Roastery: lovely local roastery and coffee shop – great vibes and staff.

    Relove: second-hand shop and café in one, cosy atmosphere, great coffee and sweet treats.

    Kaffecentralen: the coffee specialists in town, lovely service and coffee on site. Also all coffee equipment you could dream of.