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US$12 - US$22
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Cafe, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 30 October 2022 via mobile

My husband and I were keen to have something to eat here due to positive recommendations online so we made a special journey. We were immediately confused by the multiple queues and no information to explain which bit of the queue to join if you...wanted to eat in the cafe area. We also couldn’t see any menus either in the establishment or online. People kept walking past us from both directions and none of the minimal signage was in English, so it was a stressful experience. As a result, we gave up and took our custom elsewhere. Much better places to eat in Helsinki which made us feel welcome as tourists, so visit one of these instead!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 27 October 2022 via mobile

Such a lovely service Had a salad and some tea which were really good. All in all nice and would love to go back

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 19 October 2022 via mobile

We stopped by for a quick coffee and a savoyry snack. There were only two savoury alternatives to choose from and we went for the mozzarella and pesto baguette which was quite dull and dry. We also had espressos which was far too strong compared...to the Italian version of the same. The womens toilet was a stinky mess. Nevar again.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022

There are several lines and I found out I needed to be in the longest slow line to have a delicious salad made fresh. The outdoor tables were cramped but I liked the free water and coffee on the backside of the restaurant. My travel...partners were not as patient and wound up with dessert and a pre-made cold sandwich... Perhaps some hanging signs would be helpful.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 11 May 2022

Dry pastries, slow service or no service. There is a lot of other better places, like La boheme or others close to kauppatori.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 1 April 2022

We were recommended Cafe Esplanad by a local merchant - and were glad to take her advice! During our week stay in Helsinki, we visited the cafe 3 or 4 times for lunch and/ or drinks. The service was excellent, their selection of desserts is...top notch, and the espresso is as good as I've had anywhere, ever. Be sure to try to the salmon soup - this was my absolute go-to meal while in Helsinki! We can't wait to visit again the next time we're in Finland.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 3 March 2022

Early Spring has arrived today as people are already sitting outside in the sunshine still in winter clothing. Espland is famous for its big pastries which serve even too, the lunch is also popular. The interior of the large cafeteria has French influences with long...bordeaux coloured couches by the walls and a black and white checkered floor.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 1 February 2022 via mobile

Been here for a few times now for coffee. They have a large selection of delicious pastries and good coffee. Haven’t tested for lunch yet. However, they could clean the tables more often and improve the level of customer service.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 5 November 2021 via mobile

Cafe with a good location in the city center, but all good stops there. Lousy service, severely overpriced. Not worth a visit.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 20 October 2021 via mobile

We went after the lunch rush in the hope that the service would improve. We were wrong. Salmon soup - none left although after we sat down with our sandwich it appeared. Go figure. Multi tasking has no place here. The server was happy to...watch the coffee dripping from the machine. Oh them we will deal with heating the milk. Clear the tables - that is a task not for us But what's apping our friends that's a task we can doMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 28 September 2021 via mobile

I waited for a tea 40 minutes, though I asked for it twice. And no one brought me it in the end. When I wanted my money back as I had to leave, they quickly gave me a take-away tea. The cake was good, but...I had to stand up and bring a fork for myself.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Lehsar
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Response from BChamp73 | Reviewed this property |
We had no issues with dirty tables during multiple visits in March 2022.
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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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Cafe Esplanad is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4