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“Bakery Goods Taste Just Like Grandma Used to Bake Them” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Esplanad

Cafe Esplanad
Pohjoisesplanadi 37, Helsinki 00100, Finland
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Ranked #162 of 1,010 Restaurants in Helsinki
Price range: $12 - $22
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Turku, Finland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Bakery Goods Taste Just Like Grandma Used to Bake Them”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We visited the cafe with friends on a sunny and busy Sunday afternoon. Managed to find a table for a group of five easily, although there were a lot of people at the cafe. It took some time to queue for cakes and coffee, but the service personnel were efficient and very friendly and we didn't have to wait too long, though.

My sister and I had a chicken salad, all the ingredients were fresh, the chicken had a mouth-watering flavour. The roll accompanying the salads was seasoned with herbs and tasted very good, too. My friends had the traditional sweet "korvapuusti pulla" cinnamon roll and it tasted like home-baked. My husband was happy with the selection of ice-creams.

We found the place a good value for money and the atmosphere was delightful even though there were a lot of people coming and going.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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The Netherlands
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200 reviews 200 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 94 cities Reviews in 94 cities
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
“Coffee, soup or lunch, very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Esplanad can be crowded. People know that food is good. Try the salmon soupe, creamy and well-filled. Sweets and salads are fine too. Helsinki inhabitants as well as tourist know the place!
Not very cheap, but good value!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Very tasty lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

This is a favourite with locals and tourists, and as such is very crowded and noisy! But a lovely selection of salads, sandwiches and the cakes look amazing. A very nice lunch spot when in central helsinki

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Perfect morning”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

It was so nice to sit and have breakfast while facing the road in the sun. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was relaxing.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Helsinki, Finland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Dirty!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

This place has a great bakery and great salads. But that is all. Service is poor: queing, dirty tables, no or really slow service.
This would be so nice place if there could be proper table service.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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