A Finnish blueberry pie? A fluffy cake right from a local bakery? Or maybe a warm toast with savory filling? Tampere has a lot to offer even to the most picky candy hounds and coffee lovers. There are dozens of cafés, bakeries and coffee houses in Tampere!
Where to start? Surely, in the waffle cafés. That is the place where guests from Helsinki head straight from the railroad station. The good news is that Tampere has two of them. The foundation was set by the café Vohvelikahvila on the bank of Tammerkoski in 1992. For 22 years, their waffles have been made following a secret recipe that the owner does not give neither to guests, nor to journalists. When it’s warmer outside, you may enjoy the waffles on the terrace opening to a view of Cathedral’s spire. The other café is located on Tuomiokirkonkatu.
Next door to McDonald’s on Tuomiokirkonkatu you can find an entrance to a totally new world of flavor. Pyymäen Oma is a bakery, a coffeehouse and a lunch restaurant all wrapped in one. There’s been a bakery at this location for half a century and there’s an abundance of sweet and savoury pastries on offer. Pyymäen Oma remains loyal to the classics and traditional recipes while thinking about the new trends at the same time.
One of the best views to Hämeenkatu opens to the people enjoying their coffee at the tables of Pella’s Café. This European-style meeting place at the heart of the city offers mouthwatering delicacies, also gluten and dairy free! Pella’s also serves a lovely brunch on the weekends.
Probably the most poetic café in Tampere is Kahvila Runo (the poem). Inside you can find two floors of cozy space filled with books and coffee aroma. This is one of the few places in the city, which does not offer Wi-Fi and intentionally so: people come here to have a chat and rest in the company of a good book. The café regularly hosts poetry nights and small exhibitions, as well as sells local hand-made items. A wide range of baked goods deserves a special attention. According to a visitor on Tripadvisor, “a cake baked here is to die for”.
Fazer Café is a modern classic café where you can enjoy the view to Tammerkoski rapids, traditional breakfasts and lunch during weekdays, as well as one of the tastiest and most stylish brunches in the city during weekends. The Fazer Café sells bread, pastries and cakes as well as chocolate and sweets.
The newest café – and probably one of the most interesting – is the Tramway Café in Keskustori central square; a café built inside a tram! The Tramway Café offers lovely coffee from morning to evening all year round. In summertime refreshments and local sweet and salty pastries can also be enjoyed on the large terrace.
In Tammela district, close to Tammela market square, a versatile breakfast is served at Café Aamurusko. The café also serves special lunch; oven baked potatoes with different fillings from salmon to goat cheese. The morning paper and the café’s comfy couch are a good combination to start the day with.
If you are looking for historical places, you should visit the boutique-café Lapinniemen Ansari (literally the Glasshouse of Lapinniemi), and it’s no coincidence that it’s named in such a manner. The building (built in 1913!) was once a greenhouse for a wool factory, cared for by the wife of the factory owner. Thanks to the original purpose of this building, during the day it’s as brioght inside the café as it is out on the street: the glass roof creates a feeling of an open space. Here you will find a vast selection of cakes and pastries that just melt in your mouth, Italian parila breads, special coffees and gourmet teas. You can also enjoy a soup lunch every day of the week. There is an ice-cream bar and a wide range of coffee and tea. The café also sells hand-made accessories and gift items.
Café Tallipiha is a fascinating café in the charming Russian style wooden house, in the idyllic Tallipiha Stable Yards in Finlayson area. Mouthwatering savoury pies, delicious cake and pastries in the atmosphere of the historical milieu have won the hearts of the locals as well as visitors from all over the world. Come enjoy traditional Finnish pastry or have a plate of inexpensive home-cooked soup for lunch.
Café Amurin Helmi, located in the Amuri Museum of Workers’ Housing, is a lovely café with a historical feel. Here you can enjoy a slice of traditional bread or a delicious cinnamon bun. Try the soup lunch, it’s a favourite of many locals!
Best doughnuts in Tampere — this reputation was earned with the ginger sugar doughnuts baked following a secret recipe at the café of the Pyynikki Observation Tower. You can often see a queue outside the tower: people are allured not only by the spectacular view from the tower. You can also find these doughnuts from the café Munkkikahvila located in Keskustori.
For those looking for something really Finnish, head to Bakery Café Puusti and try their cinnamon rolls. In this unique city café you can sense the atmosphere of grandma’s house as well as the urban beat of the city, as it’s located by the Tullintori shopping centre, opposite to Tampere Hall and Sorsapuisto park. The cinnamon rolls are baked using real butter, organic flours and ceylon cinnamon.