As you might noticed on my Instagram I visited beautiful Helsinki 2 weeks ago. And yes, I loved it! I will show you all the cool places I visited in a future post, but first the most important thing – food!
Vegan food is pretty big in Finland right now (Yey, for that!) and you could find vegan options in almost every restaurant and coffee place. Here are some places I tried and would more or less loved. Yes, there are some places you might wanna avoid if you want to get a great healthy meal.
Oatz in 6k-foodmarket
6k is a foodmarket inside the Kamppi shopping centre. 6K combines 6 different little food corners/restaurants, that offer a variety of dishes for every taste. And my taste took me to Oatz corner where I ordered salad with pulled oats and dry-tomato sauce mmmmm
So what are pulled oats? PULLED OATS™ are Finnish invention and they might become the next big thing that will (or at least should) spread trough the whole vegan community! Because they are absolutely amazing. They are a new kind of plant protein food that utilizes oats, fababeans and pea as protein sources. They taste amazing and I could use them in every meal.
They were so good, that I had to get them twice that week. And this deliciousness next to them is a vegan chocolate cupcake from a little coffee corner on the entrance to 6k. Plus they have great coffee with oat milk for only 1€!
Kamppi Shopping Centre
Mo-Fr 10:00–21:00, Sa 10:00–22:00, Su 12:00-19:00
Silvoplee has the largest buffet selection of vegetarian/vegan dishes in Helsinki. 55% of their food is raw vegan. Buffet holds over 30 dishes that vary daily and their ingredients are up to 65% organic. Sounds good? It really was.
The price of the food is determined by weight:
22,30 € / kg for the food and 17,80 € / kg for the soup of the day
This cake deserves a close-up.
Toinen Linja 7
00530 Helsinki (Kallio District)
Mon–Fri 11–19:00, Sat 11–18:00
Mon–Fri 08–19:00, Sat 10–18:00
In the same Kallio district, next to Karhupuisto park you can find this cute coffee shop where I enjoy this vegan cinnamon roll (2.50€) and soy-cappuccino (3,00€). Next time I definitely need to stop by for lunch.
Viides linja 14 a 1
00530 Helsinki (Kallio District)
M0-Fr 7.30-22.00, Sa 10.00-22.00, Su 10.00-20.00
00130 Helsinki (Design district)
Who doesn´t love a good falafel? Fafa´s is a Finnish chain of restaurants that serve best falafel, pita, salads… I ordered Falafel & Hummus for 8,50€ (5 balls, tomato & cucumber, cabbage & pickles, lettuce, matbuha & tahini) and this one was totally worth it.
Iso Roobertinkatu 2 (and other locations)
Mo 11:00-21:00, Th 11:00-21:00, Fr 11:00-04:00, Sa 12:00-04:00
If you are missing NY and Brooklyn you will love this little caffe owned by two sisters that acctually moved from Brooklyn to Helsinki and opened bakery/caffe. So if you want more scandinavian expiriance and design, this might not be a place for you. But I have to say this soy-capuccino was one of the best in the whole trip. I also went for cramperry cookie that definetelly didn´t dissapoint. So if you find yourself near jump in for great coffee and Death by Chocolate (Vegan) cupcake :)
Mo -Fr 7:30-19:00, Sat 9:00-17:30, Su 10:30-17:30
Now lets check a few of my food fails. I´m not saying this restaurants are really bad, but the meals I ordered were just not the best and not worth my/your money.
Momotoko is a ramen restaurant. But ramen is not what I went for, because there was no vegan option. So I ordered the Vegan bao which is deep-fried tofu, soy-marinated mushrooms, cucumbers, dried onions & teriyaki sauce in 2 bao buns. And no, this was not the healthiest option. Tofu was OK, but the bread was sooo filling and dry and there was not a lot of sauce in there.
Mo-Fr 11:00-21:00, Sa 12:00-22:00, Su 12-20:00
Naughty burger of the month is acctually a VEGAN burger. They sure get some points for that. It´s made from deep fried oat & fava bean patty, vegan herb-aioli, onion jam, ‘porkkala’-carrot, lettuce, vegan parmesan, gluten free vegan bun and will cost you 13€.
Mo-Sa 11:00-22:00, Su 12-19:00