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“Cafe Krypta”
Review of Helsinki Cathedral

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Ranked #6 of 317 things to do in Helsinki
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Reviewed August 21, 2014

This little coffee and tea shop is a wonderful place to get away from it all. A peaceful sanctuary serving excellent coffee, tea and home-made pastries, sandwiches, and savory pies, it is in the crypt of the Lutheran Cathedral and can be accessed by the lift in the north end of the cathedral or by going outside along Kirkkokatu. There were two art shows of paintings going on in the crypt, both nicely arranged outside of the cafe space. The cafe sound system was softly playing some very beautiful music from the "Cantores Minores", the cathedral's boys choir, giving the stone and brick crypt an atmosphere of solace. The proceeds of the sale of the food and drink go to the boys choir, so not only is it good food, but it is for a good cause. When you get into the cafe space, there is central table laden with sweet rolls, water, candy, fruit, and many, many coffee cups. The servers were very good, and spoke English to us and German to another couple. Although we didn't try the sandwiches, we tried a couple of the savory pies and the sweet rolls. The savory pies were briefly warmed in the microwave before serving. We went at about 11:30AM (it opens at 11) and were the only ones there until noon, when about ten people came in. It is too bad it is not given a place in the restaurant section of Tripadvisor because it out-classes many coffee shops, is very cheap (the most expensive thing is the cheesecake at 4 Euros), is very clean, and, by the way, has great restrooms (everything stainless steel and immaculate).

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Reviewed August 19, 2014

Truly beautiful cathedral - an absolute must see attraction in Helsinki! It can get very busy, though, so you may have to fight through the crowds!

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Reviewed August 16, 2014

Compared to the rural timber cross shaped church this was beautifully presented good lighting, light and airy, lovely plaster work and on a huge scale. Well worth a short visit. the outside can be seen fro several trams notably 2, 7b

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Reviewed August 14, 2014

Imposing building dominting the square and features alot in the recent history. Being Lutheran it is comparatively plain inside but worth spending time on a visit.

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Reviewed August 13, 2014

A very popular tourist spot in Central Helsinki.
Very busy as near to where open top tourist buses stop/start.
Great sight and well worth taking photo shots.

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