Elisabeth Heinrichs / February 23, 2012

Enjoy brunch at Café Piritta in the green heart of the city!

Do you already know where to have brunch this weekend? If not, here’s a hint for you!

Café Piritta delights both with its location and program variety! The café, located next to the Tokoiranta shore, is accessible from four directions: Hakaniemi, Kallio, Kluuvi and Töölö. I would recommend visitors to approach the café either from the Töölönlahti bay or then along the Kaisaniemenranta shore since in that way the green heart of the city, with its fantastic outdoor possibilities, is best seen. During summertime there is also a lovely waterbus connection to the café from the Market Square (initially starting from café Ursula which has the same owner, Oy Ursula, as café Piritta).

While approaching the café from Töölö, the first thing that strikes one’s eye is the area’s beautiful but at the same time ascetic, almost rough, view. The view, where the city horizon opens up above the train tracks, is impressive.

The Töölö bay, which one walks around in about half an hour, is one of Helsinki’s most popular outdoors areas in the center of the city with its pastel color tree villas (of which the blue one is probably most known since it functions as a café during summertime). Despite this, the area can be considered very calm and serene.

Café Piritta’s brunch is currently most popular among by families, people who like to stay outdoors and friends who like to have some piece of luxury in their life by enjoying sparkling wine brunches together. From this, one might draw some conclusions about the brunches’ three main target groups, but I do not see any reasons why visitors couldn’t be added to this list, on the contrary I would suggest it.

Café Piritta’s weekend brunch always includes the following:
-bread, cold cuts, cheese, vegetables and boiled eggs
-a variety of warm breakfast alternatives
-sausage, bacon and omelet
-fruit salads, yoghurt, muesli
-desserts
-coffee or tea and fresh juices

The price of the brunch is 17,90€, with sparkling wine 19,90€. When an adult buys a buffet an under 5-year-old eats for free. 5-12-year-olds eat at half price.

The Karelian pasties, sausages, berry juices (e.g. cranberry juice), carrot cake, black bread and muesli give some taste bites from the Finnish cuisine.

The weekend brunch is served both on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am-2pm. A rarity in the city is that the café opens also on Sunday one hour prior to the brunch, so this is a place for early risers!

Otherwise café Piritta’s spring looks full-packed with programs and theme evenings! In March and April there will be concerts, jazz, café tango and improvisational theater. April’s treat is definitely the 30th of April when Helsinki celebrates the spring season’s biggest party – Vappu! Café Piritta promises that at that party there will be speeches, sparkling wine and choir singing.

If you still haven’t got familiar with the brunch supply of Helsinki, please ask for a list of them from our tourist information, or pick one up when you’re in town!

  • http://beautifulhelsinki.wordpress.com Debra Kolkka

    I’ll try it in spring when I am back in Helsinki. I like the sound of the water bus. I wandered around this area recently and took some photos for Beaitiful Helsinki.