Like everywhere in Finland, in Helsinki traditional bakeries are also becoming fewer and fewer, but you can still find some really good ones if you know where to look.
Leipomo K. E. Avikainen has been serving freshly baked treats for the people of Kallio since the 1950s, so they know what they’re doing.
In their small but absolutely charming bakery Leipomo Avikainen sells traditional Finnish breads and pastries like munkki, lihapiirakka, ruisleipä and piimälimppu. They are also selling karjalanpiirakka, carelian pies, traditional Finnish pastry typical for Eastern Finland. This makes me extra happy as I grew up in Eastern Finland and good carelian pies aren’t easy to find in Helsinki! But Leipomo Avikainen saves my day.
Living close by, Leipomo Avikainen is the best choice to buy some fresh bread for my breakfast or pulla to have with my coffee. But situated in the beautiful neighbourhood of Torkkelinmäki Leipomo Lavikainen is also an excellent place to buy some pastries and coffee to enjoy in nearby parks or just while wandering among the charming houses.