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cafe Carusel

Merisatamanranta 10, Helsinki, Finland
+358 9 6224522
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Ranked #443 of 940 restaurants in Helsinki
Price range: $12 - $16
Cuisines: European
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Helsinki, Finland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I have visited this place for more than 10 years. At some point Carusel became a venue for advertisements - there are changing brand logos (car brands, alcohol) here and there (napkins, side table in entrance etc) which take away from the actual caffeteria experience. Also these make you feel that the owner is just interested in making the easy... More

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Lund, Skåne Län, Sweden
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We stopped by for a cup of coffee a lunch sandwich and a cinnamon bun. It was ok, good but does not stand out. If the weather is nice, it is great to sit outside.

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Espoo, Finland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Visited many many times. Good place for lunch, but best during the summer. Great, big terrace right by the sea. Good selection of coffees and both sweet and savoury dishes. If you visit during a nice summer day, be prepared to wait in line for a while. Eaten lunch several times, food has always been good. Had one the best... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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60 reviews 60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We went there tempted by the radio advertisement, that they have their own bakery. Yes they have it, but its too expensive. Another major minus: the vanilla sauce for the apple pie, it is the cheapest ready made sauce one can buy, and tastes like nothing. Than if you want to have a warm cacao with whipped cream: the whipped... More

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Helsinki
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Had a portion of reindeer risotto. The portion consisted of a bowl of rice topped of with a teaspoon off the meat and all this hidden under a lettuce. The rice was like a thick glue. The large restaurant tables where quite rapidly cleared but no tables were wiped of the guests food remains and crumbs.

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Helsinki, Finland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is one of my favorites in Helsinki. Not because the limited food options or coffee, which are average, but because of the location by the open see. This is a great place to end a walking trip or for a break during a trip. I usually start from the center, walk first to the market square and then follow... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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59 reviews 59 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Been there several times and I like it. It has a huge sunny terrace overlooking the sea/pier. It's always full of people. Easy access with strollers and for disabled. Even dogs are allowed (lots of them occasionally). Self service, good choice of coffee/tea, fresh smoothies and bakery. Wine, beer and even champagne. Excellent location and a nice place to stop... More

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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

PIck a nice, sunny day, head over here, grab a beer or a coffee and sit on the terrace. It is right by the water and the view and atmosphere could not be more delightful. Just be prepared - it is the kind of place where you can find that several hours have passed while you sat staring off into... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The food was decent, but it's the beautiful location by the sea which makes this place great. Especially recommended for stopping for a coffee or drink.

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Helsinki, Finland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Cafe Carusel has a nice location, great views and serves fresh drinks. The terrace, however, is plagued by sparrows that feast on the remainders of the meals that may be left lying around for quite a while by the staff. The sparrows carry the remainders around the terrace, splattering them on the ground, tables and chairs, pooping on the go,... More

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