Although the brunch concept has been around since the late 19th century in Britain, having first become popular in the 1930s in the US, it has only become a staple of Helsinki’s weekend culture during the last decade or so. A happy marriage of breakfast and lunch, the popularity of brunch has seen a steady rise since it first appeared on the Helsinki scene, and today there are numerous restaurants and cafés providing sumptuous feasts for locals and visitors alike. In our updated Helsinki Brunch Guide we have identified no less than 24 delicious locations for you to choose from.
As you’ll see in this Helsinki Brunch Guide, the Finnish brunch is very much a fusion of local and foreign cuisine: alongside the traditional croissants, omelettes, cakes and preserves, you’ll find the Finnish essentials of rye breads, Karelian rice pies, and porridge. Many of the venues providing brunch have their own unique signature dishes, with the focus changing according to the house specialties.
Just as there is a wealth of choices regarding the style of brunch on offer in our Helsinki Brunch Guide, so too is there plenty to choose from regarding the venues providing this delicious repast, from hip and trendy chic cafés to classic restaurants serving in historic surroundings. Hungry diners aren’t restricted to the hustle and bustle of central Helsinki, but can find a table in virtually any of the surrounding neighbourhoods. This includes the upmarket Design District of Punavuori, the bohemian Kallio district so popular with students and younger tourists, and the more residential areas of Töölö and Kruununhaka.
This Helsinki Brunch Guide has for convenience grouped the restaurants roughly according to price – from the least expensive to the more exclusive – but whatever your budget we’re sure you’ll find something to suit.
Allas Sea Pool – Neighbour Bistro
With arguably the best scenery in Helsinki, in the Allas Seapool Complex you’ll find the new Neighbour Bistro, now providing a weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 until 14:30 for 19.90€, with a 50% discount for children under 10 years old. The brunch menu changes from month to month, for example January’s fare includes Green Salad with sprouts, melon and lemon vinaigrette; Tomatoes with dill and cardamom; Whey pickled cucumber with mint and celery; Grilled broccolini with shitake mushroom and tahini; Karelian rice pie with smoked muikku and olive; Mozzarellla marinated in tar, soy and lemon verbena; Gravlax and malt bread with spruce, scallion cream cheese; Scrambled eggs with spinach and goat cheese; Lamb hash with roast lamb leg, potato, onion, and rosemary. There is a yogurt and muesli bar, assorted breads and croissants, pancakes with vanilla whip and conserves, assorted cheeses and crackers, and a desserts section that includes gummy bears, marshmallows, baked apple pie, mini donuts, and finger fruits.
Café Ekberg is Finland’s oldest patisserie-café, situated on Helsinki’s elegant Bulevardi. Ekberg’s longstanding traditions, combined with an excellent location provides one of the best settings for a relaxed brunch in Helsinki. On Saturday this is available from 08:30 until 13:30, and on Sunday from 09:00 until 13:30, for 17.90€. The buffet includes oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, eggs, oven scrambled eggs, meats, cheese, vegetables, fruits, jam, bread, croissants, sweet pastry, orange juice, coffee and tea.
Kuja Bar & Bistro
Served on Saturday from 11:00 to 12:30, with three sittings on Sunday at 10:30, 12:30, and 14.30. The price of 24,90€ also includes either a glass of rose/regular sparkly wine OR a smoothie. The Kuja Bar & Bistro brunch buffet changes a little from weekend to weekend, with everything prepared that morning in their kitchen. All dairy products are lactose free, and there are numerous gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. For those with a sweet tooth there’s the chance to make your own waffles with jam and whipped cream!
Block by Dylan
Block by Dylan serves brunch on the weekend from 10:30am until 16:00, for 21.50€ – children from the ages of 1 to 10 years old are charged 1€ for each year of age!
F8 Tema Stockmann
Situated on the 8th floor of Helsinki’s iconic Stockmann Department Store, Fazer F8 serves brunch on Sunday from 12:00 until 17:00. The brunch selection at Fazer F8 varies weekly, the price for brunch with starters and the dessert buffet costs 19,90€, and brunch with the main course is 26€. Brunch consists of variety of salads, cold cuts and bread. Coffee or tea is included.
Katariinankatu 3, Torikorttelit
Located in the delightful Tori Quarters, the historical centre of Helsinki at Senate Square, El Fant serve a Saturday mini brunch from 10:00 until 14:00 for 19€, which is designed as a brunch platter with all the freshest flavours of the season, accompanied by professionally brewed coffee from Good Life Coffee beans or a delicate tea from Théhuone. The mini-brunch includes a Smoothie (from Finnish berries); Poached Egg Bowl served over a barley-veggie salad; Smörrebröd of the Day; Seasonal fresh fruits; and pressed apple juice (from Åland). On Sundays El Fant takes brunch seatings at 11:00, 12:00, and 13:00, for 28€ and an extra 5€ for a glass of Cava. The Sunday menu varies, but includes items such as Porridge with berries & almonds; Smörrebröd of the Day; Scrambled eggs with spring onion; Pesto marinated tomatoes; Fried Jerusalem artichokes; Green salad; New potatoes & capers Salad; Marinated vendace with fennel & sorrel sauce; Brita cake with cherries; Fresh pressed apple juice from Åland; Coffee from Good Life Coffee beans or tea from Théhuone.
Located next to the Sinebrychoff Art Museum, South Park Restaurant serves its “Cali health kick brunch” on the weekend with seatings at 11:00 and 13:30 for 19.90€, or with the house sparkling for 25€. The Cali health kick brunch allows you to balance out your good and the bad. Start off by selecting from their breakfast bar . Make your own “super seed” muesli, move onto the seasonal produce salad bar, full of good things and fresh flavours. You can soak up the weekend excess with their Bossam – Korean style pulled pork, or with bacon and scrambled eggs. Those with a sweet tooth are not neglected as they provide a dessert selection to die for. Then wash it all down with our in house made fresh fruit juices. Reservations recommended.
The brunch served in Ravintola Oiva is on Sundays from 10:00 until 16:00, for 22.90€, or 26.90€ with a glass of sparkling wine. The buffet offers a wide selection of meats, sausages, cheeses, scrambled eggs, yogurt and berries, a couple of salads, Karelian pies, bread cheese, fish, and home made bread rolls and meatballs.
Hesperiankatu 33 A
Housed in a historic building that was once part of the Taivallahti Barracks and is now protected, the Kaarti Pohjoinen restaurant in Töölo features a pastel mural of the world that was hand painted in 1935. You can enjoy brunch in these historic surroundings on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 until 15:00 for 23€. There are numerous vegetarian options, plenty of fish choices, as well as beef and bratwurst selections, and a delicious selection of desserts to finish off the perfect meal.
Located by Senate Square with a view of Helsinki Cathedral, Ravintola Sunn serves brunch on the weekends from 10:00 until 16:00 for 23€. It consists of a selection of breads, croissants, butters & jams, salads, Chef’s cold cuts, salmon, a cheese selection, quiche, muesli and yoghurt, fruit basket, Sunn’s sweets, coffee by Johan & Nystöm, a selection of teas, With juice 26€, or with Prosecco 30€, Prosecco + juice 32 €. Children 1-3 years pay 2€, while children of 4-11 years are half price.
Kortelli, 5th floor Kamppi
Best known as one of Helsinki’s best coffee houses, La Torrefazione serves brunch on Saturday from 9am until 1pm, and Sunday from 10am until 14:00, for 24€. There are buffet tables for starters and desserts, with a choice of four main courses – Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, Vegan Rancheros, or an omelette (ham & cheese, tomato & mozzarella, or mushroom & spinach).
Not far from Finlandia Hall in the Töölö district, Trattoria Sogno serves an Italian-style brunch for 25€ on Saturdays between 11:00 and 14:00. In addition to the starter buffet with Italian pancakes and focaccia, there is a choice of a vegetarian, fish, or meat main course, followed by dessert served to the table. Customers can also order classic brunch beverages like mimosas, bellinis, or even negroni sbagliato for an extra 6€, Pol Roger Champagne for 10€, or Prosecco Superiore for 21€
Moko Market Café
Perämiehenkatu 10 & Vilhonvuorenkatu 11
With two locations, in Punavuori and Sörnäinen, Moko Market Café serves brunch on Saturdays with two seatings: between 10:00 and 11:30, and between 12:00 and 13:30. Prices are 19.90€ and 21.90€, with children between 5 and 12 charged 10,50€. The brunch includes oven-fresh bread, Karelian pies, mini croissants, Nutella, butter & egg butter, cheese & smoked ham, Moko’s own mixed berry jam and orange marmalade, brie & grapes, peppers, pickles, sausages & meatballs, spinach-feta omelette, chickpea hummus, salmon, shrimp or chicken salad and vegetable salad, salad dressing, curd cheese, natural yoghurt, Moko’s own homemade crunchy granola, fruit-shots, fruit plate, homemade chocolate mousse, berry pie, apple pudding and vanilla sauce.
Karl Fazer Café
The options vary from weekend to weekend at the Karl Fazer Café, which serves brunch on Saturday from 9am until 2pm, and on Sunday from 10:00 until 14:00, for 23.90€. That said, you can expect to choose from a rich selection of Fazer bread and rolls, mini croissants, small rice pies and egg butter, cheeses, cherry compote, smoked ham, vegetables, yogurt, granola, cereals, fruit salad, salmon, Skagen frankfurters, tarragon mustard and ketchup, Spanish omelette, a variety of salads, pancakes with garnishes, fresh juices and smoothies, coffee and of tea.
Located in the upmarket Punavuori district, Il Birrificio provides a weekend brunch for 25€ on Saturdays from 11:00 until 13:30, and Sundays from 11:00 until 14:00. Their brunch comprises buffet tables for starters and desserts, a dish from the brunch menu (Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, Eggs en Cocotte with goatcheese, Eggs en Cocotte with Salmon, Avocado and Portobello sandwich, Birris Sausage Platter. Also included are coffee or tea, juice or a beer from Birris own selection, and all options are available as gluten-free upon request.
Kiila Food & Bar
There are no details on the official Kiila site, apart from that brunch is served on Saturdays from 10:00 until 15:00, and on Sunday from 10am until 4pm for 22.50€, with children aged 4-11 years old charged at 12€.
Situated on the trendy Five Corners in Punavuori, Ravintola Primula serves brunch on Sunday with seatings at 11:00 and 13:00, for 23€. There are fine starters and dessert buffet tables, and a choice of main courses that Eggs Florentin, Eggs Benedict, Smoked Salmon Plate, French toast, Huevos rancheros, the Punavuori plate (toasted country bread, ham, a poached egg and Comte cheese), the Kungliga Segelklubben plate (toasted country bread, slightly salted beef, roe and sour cream), the Viiskulma omelette (ham, onions, tomatoes and Comte cheese), and a Kids choice.
Kortelli, Kamppi 5th floor; Kolmas Linja 17 & Tehtaankatu 34 D; Tuulikinsilta 5
With four locations in the city, Sandro serves their Marrakech Madness Brunch every weekend at each Sandro. A huge selection of salads & warm dishes and of course the beloved dessert table. And not to forget about a glass of Mimosa to start with! Seatings are at 10:00, 12:00, and 14:00 in all restaurants on both Saturday and Sunday, apart from in Kortelli where Saturdays seatings are at 11:00 & 13:00. Brunch is 29.90€, children between 5 and 12 are half price, and those from 13 to 17 get a -25% discount.
Krog Roba – Hotel Lilla Roberts
Pieni Roobertinkatu 1-3
Tucked away on a peaceful side street in Helsinki’s famed Design District, Hotel Lilla Roberts is one of Helsinki’s newest design hotels, having opened in the summer of 2015. In a historic building, originally built as a power plant in 1908 by Selim Lindqvist, Lilla Robert’s Art Deco styling has made it a popular addition to the city, with their Krog Roba restaurant a focal point. On Saturdays and Sundays Krog Roba provides a delicious brunch from 12:30 until 15:00 for 29€, with a 50% discount for children between 4 and 12 years old. The brunch menu features the best of both traditional and modern Nordic cuisine, sourcing the kitchen’s ingredients from in and around Helsinki; most of the meat comes from farms around the capital, the fish from the Baltic Sea, and seasonal vegetables from local farmers.
Pieni Roobertinkatu 2
Restaurant Pastis describes itself as a “little piece of France in the heart of Helsinki city”. Their aim is to offer French classic delicacies, which are hand made, fresh and tasty. Everything is made from hand-picked high quality ingredients from Finnish producers as well as from a selection of international producers. Brunch is served on Saturday from 11:30 until 14:00, and costs 29€.
Located near the tip of Töölönlahti, just behind the Finnish National Opera House, Töölönranta provides a Sunday brunch between 12:00 and 14:30, and again between 15:00 and 17:30. The prices are 33.50€ and 37.00€, with a children’s brunch available for 16.75€. The buffet includes green salad and cranberry vinaigrette, Greek salad, forest mushroom salad seasoned with horse radish, Tabbouleh salad with shrimps, Herrings with mustard and Baltic herrings with lemon, Gravlax à la Töölönranta, roast beef with basil pesto, small blinis with red onion and roe mousse, pickled cucumbers with honey, scrambled eggs with chives, dill potatoes, and foccaccia with tapenade.
Klaus K / Livingroom
Klaus K Brunch consists of high quality local produce. Brunch menu changes slightly every week according to seasons. Every dish is prepared with care and tenderness from the scratch. The atmosphere is relaxed and food offering is plentiful. Starters and desserts are served from the buffet and main courses are on display in carvery. You can choose the dishes and amounts yourself. Brunch is served on the weekend between 12:00 and 15:00, for 35€.
The Brasserie Kämp brunch includes beetroot salmon, smoked beef, salads, cheeses, fresh fruits, delicious desserts… and more! Brunch is served every Sunday, reservations are taken for 12:00 and 15:00, served until 16:00. Prices start at 39€ for their traditional brunch, 45€ with a glass of cava, and 56€ with a glass of champagne; children between the ages of 4 and 12 are 16:50€.
Ravintola Lehtovaara provide a Sunday brunch from 13:00 until 17:00 for 39€. It includes a generous appetiser table brimming with traditional herring, raw pickled fish, smoked salmon, roast beef, country pâté and other delicacies with various trimmings and sauces. They offer three main course options served at the table. Dessert-lovers can fill their plate with cake, pies, confections and pudding. They also aserve their legendary Cœur de filet Provençale.