If you’re looking for a traditional Finnish experience and to visit one of the worlds cosiest cafes, here’s all the info on Cafe Regatta Helsinki.
The pretty and atmospheric Cafe Regatta in Helsinki is located on the banks of the baltic and just beside Sibelius Park in the Töölö suburb of the capital.
The building was originally built in 1887 as a shed for fishnets. Cafe Regatta was established in 2002 but there were summer cafes running in the building from 1952.
It is around a 30 minute walk from Helsinki Central Railway Station.
If you don’t fancy walking, the closest tram stop is Töölön halli, although it’s still a 800m walk to the entrance of the traditional red cottage doors. Totally worth the walk though, with it’s outdoor seating and fire pit, it brings a small piece of the Finnish countryside to the middle of Helsinki.
This is a lovely setting with friendly staff and low priced food. The indoor space is quite small but beautifully decorated. The outdoor space is large.
The fire pit gives you the opportunity to toast/warm your food, once purchased, and is a lovely cosy spot to sit and drink hot chocolate, relax and a warm-up in the colder weather.
The cinnamon buns are highly recommended along with the delicious sausages that you can cook yourself on the fire pit.
Every seat on the terrace has views of the sea and there are some rocking chairs available for you to relax in and enjoy the views. The sunsets from here can reportedly be amazing.
You can also hire canoes and kayaks and enjoy the water in the warmer weather.
This cafe can get very busy as it is recommended in most of the Helsinki tour guides and watch out for the seagulls that can pester you if they see you have food.
Enjoyed by tourists and the friendly locals, this cafe is definitely worth a visit.
If you plan on using public transport you can buy a Helsinki City Card, which allows unlimited use of Helsinki public transport for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Cafe Regatta is open every day of the year!
Opening hours: 8am – 9pm
The title of this blog kind of explains it, but visiting Cafe Regatta is one of our fondest memories of our trip to Finland.
Located by the sea, the traditional red cottage cafe has brought a part of the Finnish countryside to the middle of Helsinki.
The cottage building was originally owned by the famous coffee family, Paulig. It was built in 1887 as a shed for their fishnets to be stored, next to the family’s villa.
From 1952 – 2002 there had been various summer cafes running in the building. That was until Cafe Regatta came along.
The cosy cafe is now famous for its fresh cinnamon buns, blueberry pie and other delicacies. Served in a charismatic and relaxed atmosphere, you will never experience anything like it.
We sat down amongst the locals one afternoon to enjoy a hot chocolate and escape the cold for half an hour and it was so refreshing.
The quirky old decorations and rustic vibe really gave us a feel of traditional Finland.
Where To Stay In Helsinki
Luxury – Hotel Kämp
Established in 1887 as Finland’s grand hôtel, Hotel Kämp is located in the heart of Helsinki opposite the beautiful Esplanade park.
The hotel features 179 spacious rooms, 15 of which are luxurious suites.
The spacious rooms combine historical elegance with high-quality facilities. All rooms feature comfortable beds, marble bathrooms and Chromecast-streaming systems.
Guests can also order in-room dining and enjoy the lovely view over the park, the city or the inner courtyard.
The Brasserie Kämp a la carte menu boasts a wide range of European dishes and an extensive list of beverages.
Mid-Budget – Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Featuring the Plaza Restaurant, this historical hotel from 1917 is next to Kaisaniemi Park, 150 yards from Helsinki Central Station.
All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee maker and Magic Dream beds with a pillow menu. All rooms also come with Finnish design items. Some rooms offer city views.
Free fitness centre access and modern air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi are all available.
Plaza Restaurant also serves drinks, while snacks and light dishes are available at the 24-hour lobby bar. Room service is also available all day long.
Budget – Eurohostel
Located on Helsinki’s Katajanokka island, this hostel is a 5-minute tram ride from the city centre.
Eurohostel’s fresh, simple rooms have shared bathroom facilities. Additional communal areas include kitchens and lounge rooms.
Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet onsite. Eurohostel’s lobby also has vending machines with drinks and snacks. T
he 24-hour reception sells city passes and tickets to attractions. Staff can also recommend area activities.
Kauppatori Market Square is 10 minutes‘ walk away. It offers guest kitchens, free WiFi and a free morning sauna.
Bed sheets and towels are also inclusive of your stay.
For more places to stay in Helsinki, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.