The route of the shore walk leads from Kaivopuisto via Meripuisto and the park of St. Birgitta (Pyhän Birgitan puisto). Take the tram to Kaivopuisto stop (lines 2 and 3, stop 0436) and walk through Kaivopuisto Park to the sea. It is going to be hyggelig!
1. Café Ursula is the most popular living room in Kaivopuisto for locals and tourists alike. This opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city is not far from the city centre. There is a wide range of hearty and sweet delicacies, Finnish food for lunch, a Sunday brunch and of course a selection of coffee and tea. Sustainability, organic quality and regional products are the focus here.
In 1952, the Olympic year, a group of strong women from Helsinki opened the café, whose profits were to be donated to charity. Today Café Ursula has become an integral part of Helsinki’s cityscape and is known to all generations. The restaurant has been generously extended and all guests from near and far are welcome. The Ursula now belongs to representatives of various social institutions who work for mothers, children and elderly people. The great maritime milieu, the delicious food and the friendly service remain in the memory, so that many visitors like to come back again and again.
2. The tour continues along the shore to the maritime terrace restaurant Mattolaituri (“Teppichsteg”), which is located at the level of the passage between the beautiful island of Uunisaari and the island of Harakka. A truly fantastic sea view can be enjoyed with a glass of wine in the beach chair or on the lounge chairs on the upper floor. Breakfast, ice cream, summer drinks and culinary snacks are served. DJs DJ on weekends and spread the atmosphere into the morning hours.
Mattolaituri was founded by Antero and Esko Vartia in 2011 and quickly became the Helsinki summer resort. The stylish and cosy terrace is suitable for more refined parties as well as for breaks on the Gassirunde. The four-legged friends are also very welcome and are supplied with water and dog biscuits.
3. The next stop should be at Café Carusel for a cup of coffee and Nordic pastries. The Carusel is a bakery café for the whole family. Since 1996, the family business has been based on a symbiosis of high-quality raw materials, green values and a cosy atmosphere. The Carusel was the first café in Helsinki to use solar energy. A solar system is installed on the roof, which generates energy for 1 million cups of coffee per year.
4. A wonderful and hyggeliges end for our tour is the Löyly. Simply a must on a visit to Helsinki. It is an architectural eye-catcher and definitely worth a visit. I could sit on the terraces for hours, stare at the sea and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. The building consists of two parts: public saunas and a restaurant.
Löyly is the result of a special ecological project, in which everything has been thought through down to the smallest detail: the sculptural structure of heat-treated pine offers visual privacy, but the slats do not obstruct the view of the sea from the interior, but function like blinds and protect against outside views. There are sheltered exterior spaces between the warm mass and the shell, where you can cool off between sauna sessions. The staggered shell also forms a staircase to the roof and to the viewing terraces at the top of the building. In a sense, the structure forms a large grandstand for the future activities of the water sports centre. The large wooden terrace floats partly above the sea and you can hear the sound of the waves under your feet. The future appearance is not left to chance: When the wood turns grey with time, it should resemble the rocks of the coast. If you want to read more about it, look here.
I wish you a wonderful day in Helsinki and an enjoyable tour along the shore!