It never ceases to amaze me how remarkably Helsinki has changed over the last decade. For better or worse, old favourites have opened their doors one last time, giving way to a new generation, full of diverse and bold concepts. The foodscape has exploded with modern flavours and fusions, rivalling more established cities. Simply stroll down Fredrikinkatu – on this popular street located in the sought-after neighbourhood of Punavuori, you’ll find contemporary eateries, and speciality shops, including one of my favourite additions – Brooklyn Café and Bakery.
Located at the top of the street, the café was founded in 2011 by two sisters from Brooklyn, New York who wanted to create a welcoming space reminiscent of their worldly experiences. As such this intimate coffee bar is a go-to for when a simple cup of Joe just won’t do. They are serious about their coffee, specialising in dark roasts and espresso any way you like. Soy milk, Oat, half fat or full, whatever your preference you’ll get it there. From the menu, expect uncommon delights such as Mexican hot chocolate, London fog (a must try) and Earl Grey latte, not to mention seasonal list toppers – apple pie cider and gingerbread latte.
Best yet you can savour your morning cup with cupcakes, brownies and other sweet treats as a splendid complement. In fact these goodies are so in demand that a separate bakery was opened to cater to larger orders. Quick tip: the cupcakes are the perfect accompaniment to any event. Birthday, christening, long workweek – it’s always a good time. In the mood for something more savoury? They’ve got that covered too. Bagels are made in house and you’ll have a variety of six to choose from, complete with multiple fillings and a few vegan options.
I highly recommend the toasted everything bagel with prosciutto, but feel free to explore other options. Don’t hesitate to ask for suggestions, I’ve found the assistants so engaging that I often end up staying longer than planned. Either way it’s welcomed treat especially from the cold outside.
Brooklyn Cafe and Bakery; Fredrikinkatu 19, +358 45 173 1771, brooklyncafeandbakery.comTips & Perks
Price – moderate
Atmosphere – kid-friendly, relaxed. Though you’re more likely to find friendly denizens taking in a quiet moment, than a busy toddler.
Restroom access – limited amenities available for babies or small children.
Age appropriate from 0 years
Stroller access – limited the main entrance features a short set of steps down a narrow passage, while the neatly furnished interior leaves little room to maneuver. Best enjoyed stroller-free. During summertime there is outdoor seating, so new parents can relax in fresh air.