One of the first places I found on my exploration tours in Helsinki, was Café & Eepos on Sammonkatu/Runeberginkatu. I was mainly attracted by the smell of the Korvapuusti (delicious cinnamon buns) and the interior of the café instantly made me feel comfortable: a mixture of new and antique furniture, books, carpets, curtains and a somewhat retro-styled counter, high ceilings, large windows and that aforementioned smell…wonderful.
A nice range of savory pies and cakes completes their menu, but you cannot leave Helsinki without having tasted their chocolate cake with vanilla sauce! Pair that with a coffee (free refills!) and it’s made your day. You can linger in Café & Eepos for hours, browse through (mainly Finnish) books and magazines that they offer, try the cakes and pastries, that are homemade in the bakery and “conditoria” that’s directly connected to the café area. Or simply just sit there and watch the people passing by. This is particularly nice in winter when you hold on to your coffee-cup and be happy you’re inside!
The “design” of the place – if you can call it that – is interestingly random and very cozy, they like to decorate the place with antique kitchen appliances and a crocheted doily here and there, so you might feel like you’re paying your grandma a visit (that feeling is strengthened by the nice ladies working there).
The café is located just around the corner from Temppeliaukion kirkko (the famous rock church) so it’s a perfect stop after a visit there!