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Top brews: the 5 best specialty coffee shops in Helsinki

The taste-tested guide to Helsinki’s best coffee shops

In Helsinki, the capital of Finland, the specialty coffee scene is a vibrant showcase of Nordic excellence in coffee craftsmanship. Our guide highlights the premier coffee shops in Helsinki, each distinguished by their commitment to quality, innovation and sustainability in coffee brewing. These establishments are destinations for connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike, offering insights into the meticulous process of bean selection, roasting and brewing that defines the specialty coffee movement. Through exploring these coffee shops, we hope to give you an appreciation for Helsinki’s unique contribution to the global coffee culture, characterised by a deep respect for the coffee bean and the craft of bringing its best flavours to the cup.

01

El Fant

El Fant, located in Helsinki’s historic Torikorttelit area, is a stylish café and natural wine bar designed by Yatofu. The interior features modern elements like a galvanised steel counter and a striking red pine communal table, with custom furniture from Finnish designers Puutamo and Paja & Bureau. El Fant serves specialty coffee from Good Life Coffee, with the signature brew being a rich, aromatic espresso. The café offers a carefully curated selection of natural wines from Let Me Wine, and we find it a very versatile spot, perfect for enjoying coffee by day and transitioning to wine in the evening. With its central location and cosy ambience, El Fant is ideal for any time of day.

El Fant
Katariinankatu 3
Helsinki
Finland

Photography courtesy of El Fant

02

Kaffa Roastery

Kaffa Roastery in the Punavuori area, established in 2010, features a spacious basement café and roastery. The cool interior includes a well-lit coffee bar and a glass-walled roasting area. Kaffa offers a range of filter beans prepared with V60, Aeropress or Syphon, alongside espresso drinks and iced coffees like espresso tonic. Their signature coffee, a Tanzania Ilomba V60, has warm berry flavours that deepen as it cools. The café also serves delicious pastries and sells their beans for home use. Kaffa is ideal for remote work, with a calm atmosphere enhanced by jazz music and low lighting.

Kaffa Roastery
Pursimiehenkatu 29
Helsinki
Finland

Photography courtesy of Kaffa Roastery
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Adante Helsinki Uusimaa Finland coffee shop review

03

Adante

Andante in Helsinki’s Design District is a café renowned for its specialty coffee, tea and raw vegan treats. The interior has a cool, modern decor, creating a relaxing atmosphere. The menu features an array of seasonal pastries, raw cakes and snacks. Their signature coffee, a smooth and rich cappuccino, is something we can highly recommend. Located on Fredrikinkatu, Andante is a great spot for enjoying a peaceful coffee break amidst the vibrant surroundings of design shops and galleries​.

Adante
Fredrikinkatu 20
Helsinki
Finland

Photography courtesy of Adante
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Maja Coffee Roastery Helsinki Uusimaa Finland coffee shop review

04

Maja Coffee Roastery

Maja Coffee Roastery in Helsinki’s Lehtisaari district is a nano roastery and intimate café that we appreciate for its exceptional coffee and tranquil setting. The space features a minimalist design, with large windows allowing natural light to fill the café, creating a warm and inviting ambience. Guests can enjoy watching the coffee roasting process while sipping on Maja’s signature Ethiopian pour-over, known for its rich and complex flavours. The café offers a limited but delightful menu of raw cakes and artisanal toasted sandwiches, making it an excellent spot for a light, satisfying treat. Make sure to check opening hours before heading here.

Maja Coffee Roastery
Hakaniemenranta 17
Helsinki
Finland

Photography courtesy of Maja Coffee Roastery
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05

La Torrefazione

La Torrefazione’s signature coffee is a rich and smooth cappuccino, a must-try for coffee lovers. Located at Aleksanterinkatu in Helsinki, the café offers a cosy and inviting atmosphere with a great view of the bustling street. The interior features a warm and comfortable setting, ideal for both relaxing and casual dining. La Torrefazione serves a variety of breakfast, lunch and brunch options, including fresh salads and pastries. We find the café is a perfect pit stop for exploring the city or when seeking a quick coffee on the go.

La Torrefazione
Aleksanterinkatu 50
Helsinki
Finland

Photography courtesy of La Torrefazione

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