Continuing on my Helsinki vegan guide, let me tell you about the cafes in town! There are around five fully vegan cafes in Helsinki and you need to check these out. We have a couple of art cafes – who doesn’t love some art along with a cup of coffee? Then we also have a yoga café – yoga, coffee and vegan desserts – another combination of things I love! Find below the list of our favourite vegan cafes in Helsinki:
Iso Roobertinkatu 16, 00120 Helsinki
*note* other locations in the Helsinki Central Railway Station, Kamppi and Kallio!
Round is the first donut café in Helsinki. Donuts and coffee? Hell yeah! How lucky are we to have a vegan donut café in town!? Even though I’m not a huge fan of donuts myself, who can resist this trendy little café? It’s located in one of the loveliest streets of Helsinki known as Iso Roba and I make sure to drop by for a coffee if I’m around. They stock a variety of donuts with different flavours and toppings so there’s a treat for everyone’s taste!
Call me boring but I love a classic chocolate donut – I wish they always had that one. We’ve tried a choco-donut topped with popcorn, strange to me! And then the super sweet apple cinnamon and caramel hazelnut donut, among other flavours. Donuts come at a price of around €4 per donut. You can buy a combo box too. Currently they also serve bagels/brunch and their own made ice cream at some locations.
They are open Monday to Saturday 9:30AM-9PM and on Sundays 11AM-6PM. They hold giveaways and discounts every now and then via their social media channels. For more info, check their Instagram page: Round HKI.
Maneesikatu 1-3, 00170 Helsinki
Located in the elegant Kruununhaka district downtown, this makes a perfect location for travellers. You’ll find the entrance at the corner of the street, welcoming you into this cosy little art café. The space isn’t too large, there are 6-8 tables, surrounded by art works on the walls. They have galleries by local artist on display.
This place is relatively new to the scene. But it’s so cool to have another vegan café in town! They have all day breakfast, toasties, speciality coffees and serve only plant milk including oat and soymilk.. because who in the world still consumes milk from an actual cow?
We went with the breakfast combo of croissant, muesli + yoghurt, cinnamon bun (pulla) with a cappuccino. You can choose 3 items for 8€. I shared breakfast with J and also ordered a cheese toastie for myself. The service is nice, portions are just about enough, toasties are very homemade style – would indeed recommend this café! Open on Wednesdays to Sundays for brunch.
Mannerheimintie 13 b, 00100 Helsinki
Among the good news this year was that this Helsinki based cute little villa café known by many, became fully plant-based! Kahvila Rakastan means Café Love, and it’s located near the Finnish National Museum and Oodi library – a lovely place to meet up with friends!
This is the only place I know in Helsinki that offers traditional Finnish Karelian pies (see pic below) and have different versions of it – all veganised. Here I tried the rye-potato pie topped with tofu ‘egg’ and seaweed caviar.
It was a savoury treat – very salty but nice! They also serve soup lunches and other plant-based pastries and small bites. Highly recommend this place when in Helsinki! Open Tuesday to Sunday 10AM-5PM.
Eurantie 8-10, 00550 Helsinki
This is a yoga studio & vegan café, where I’ve actually been for yoga classes and after, enjoyed a wholesome lunch combo! Sometimes, of course, I’ve just popped in for a coffee and bite too – they always have some cakes and treats. They also do All Day Breakfast, lunch bowls and bagels.
Open on Monday to Friday 8 – 17:30, Saturdays 9 – 15.
#5 Be Mine Healthy Friends
(Temporarily closed) Although not a typical café, it’s a lovely kiosk downtown, serving up different beverages and health food. They opened in early 2021 and are known to be fully plant-based, and focus on serving diet specific meals e.g. low carb, keto (whatever that means) : )
On menu is a selection of whole food and poke bowls and wraps, with choice of vegan protein (falafel/tofu/soy mince). I’ve had the Oh My Buddha! bowl and Toona wrap – filling and tasty. They use fresh and unprocessed ingredients which makes me happy. It might feel a bit dry due to this but you can always ask for more sauce.
Don’t forget to check out our Helsinki vegan travel guide, with a map and list of all vegan-friendly restaurants!
Vegan cafes in Helsinki
This was our guide to vegan cafes in town! I’m sure more will come up and we had such amazing places over time (anyone remember Tartine, the French vegan café? I still can’t believe they shut down. Well, let’s hope they open again some day!)
In memory of Tartine Helsinki (RIP).
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Last updated on September 28th, 2023