The Finns» enormous appetite for coffee means that a café culture is alive and thriving in most towns, but especially in Helsinki. When visiting, treat yourself to a visit to some of the following. Opened in 1861, one of the most reputed cafes is also its oldest, Café Ekberg, Boulevardi 9. Its pastries are the most revered in town. Try korvapuusti, the traditional Helsinki sweet roll loaded with sugar and cinnamon, at Café Success, Korkeavuorenkatu 2. Choose from over 100 coffees at Robert’s Coffee Garden, Kanavakatu 5, which is a «gourmet roastery» which freshly roasts and grinds coffee beans on the spot. To step back in time to a more refined atmosphere, the Tamminiementie Kahvila, Tamminiementie 8, is set in an old manor house. Here the coffee pot is bottomless. Alternatively, sipping coffee by the seaside at Café Ursula, Ehrenstromintie 3, is a great place to simply watch the world go by.
Getting it Wrong
From a foreigner in Finland, Dino Desfiges: «My girlfriend and I were in a bookstore looking for a Vietnamese cookbook. While she was reading one particular book, I was looking around and noticed that almost every book has «Keittokirja» on the cover. I knew kirja (book), so I just asked her what keitto meant. She replied ‘soup». Surprised and confused, I blurted out a bit too loudly, «All these books are about soup?!” (Keittokirja means Cookbook.)»