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US$12 - US$22
Cafe, European
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Reviewed 24 January 2021 via mobile

Too bad the vegan shrove bun was half the size of a traditional one. They marketed on social media that they would have both versions of vegan shrove buns: one with jam and one with almond paste. Turned out they only had bun with jam....Service was quite slow and lots of tables were dirty with dishes and staff would rather light up candles than clean.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 22 August 2020 via mobile

This place is my absolute favorite for coffee, Salmon soup and the cinnamon buns. What is annoying though that nobody cleans the tables. Most of the tables are full of plates and cups and nobody comes to clean them away. Not Understandable and during corona...I really have to doubt the hygiene of the tables.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 8 March 2020

Forget Starbucks and Roberts Coffee!! Cafe Esplanade is the place to go for huge pastries and great coffee. My husband and I stopped at this cafe after our trip to Suomenlinna and I must say we were not disappointed. The cafe is large with lots...of seating and the pastries are the largest, most reasonably priced pastries we’ve found in Helsinki. The fancy coffee drinks are typically priced but for 3.50 euro you get unlimited self serve refills of regular kahvi (coffee) with regular or oat milk options (while we were there the coffee options were Brasilian, Nicaragua and one more which I apologize but do not remember). Additionally for a LARGE korvapuusti (cinnamon roll) you only pay 4.00 euro!! We did not have any meals while we were here (because we were busy stuffing ourselves with pastries) but they also serve various meals - we saw numerous people eating what looked to be delicious meals. So I highly recommend stopping into the cafe for a quick break for some yummy coffee and food!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 20 February 2020

Very busy, central location close to railway station and waterfront. If you order a coffee you choose from a Colombian, Brazil or Nicaraguan and help yourself. You also get free refills. Nicaraguan was a good flavour. The cinnamon bun was good and a size to...share. Lots of other bakery products with an emphasis of cream buns with various fillings. These seemed massively popular. The hot chocolate was average. Service on the slow side and table clearance could be much better. Good ambiance though. Heard only Finnish language so popular with locals I guess.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 10 November 2019 via mobile

Just pop in with my Girlfriend while we was walking through the city. Perfec for a quick bite the salmon soup was just delicious. Will come back again next time visiting Helsinki. Well done 👍👍

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 21 October 2019 via mobile

Big cafe with amazing selection of cakes but worth going solely for cinnamon bun. Close to esplanade park and just a short walk to waterfront

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 6 October 2019 via mobile

Cinnamon bun is a classic and very good. The tea pot is very unpractical as it lets the tea drop on the table in large amounts. And the coffee... the cappuccino was not good, certainly made with too much hurry and there was some strange...taste in it.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 29 September 2019 via mobile

This place is good for brunch and quite centrally located . I found the price to be very reasonable and service was good though . Salad portions are quite filling too . This place could do with more clean tables though.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 4 September 2019

Large servings of yummy salads, a large selection of pastries and cakes and tarts. The freshly squeezed orange juice was very nice. A busy cafe at lunch time. Friendly service.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 29 August 2019 via mobile

Very famous joint in Helsinki city centre. We arrived early in the morning and reached here before the place was crowded. We ordered a cinnamon bun and coffees. Buns are very big in size and I cannot finish one on my own. Coffee was nice...and strong.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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22 August 2020|
Response from Vacation15870109775 |
I think they might have learned their lesson, now they are clean. But of course now the times are a bit quieter, so they probably have enough time to do so.
2 August 2016|
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Response from tojoeapen | Reviewed this property |
I had visited the place last year (and multiple times in the past). They seemed to have only dining options or take away but no reservations or delivery options. Their website seems to have an email id that you may want to... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cafe Esplanad

Yes, Cafe Esplanad offers takeaway services.

Cafe Esplanad is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4