Feel at Home at French Cafe, Chofé











Last week, a friend of mine asked me if I had been to the cafe Chofé in my neighborhood. I hadn’t been there and so decided to check it out soon.


So, I went there this evening. On the way, I was destructed by the shop which sells my favorite tea, Whittard of Chelsea (the very first time to see Whittard in Finland, yay!) and realized that the cafe I was supposed go to meet friends was just next door.

家からカフェに向かう途中、私の大好きなイギリスの紅茶Whittard を専門に扱う店を発見して(フィンランドで初だと思う!)、気を取られていたのだが、実はChofé はその隣の店だった。

Chofé had nice coffee, French I guess, and lovely sweets. I noticed some cakes were baked by a pâtissier who I know. I asked the guy at the counter where the other sweets were from and got to know they were from Sven’s bakery which is also in my neighborhood. (I LOVE MY NEIGHBORHOOD, PUNAVUORI!)

I liked what I had, a cup of cappuccino and chocolate & almond tartelette 🙂 The chocolate was so so so yummy. After eating a piece, I was tempted to have one more though I managed to resist 😉

In addition to the coffee and the sweets, I really liked the atmosphere of the cafe. It was so relaxing. Friends and I felt at home and talked a lot trying out different sofas and chairs in the cafe. Among the chairs I tried, I loved the rocking chair which was made in Eastern Finland. Several days ago, I was thinking about my grand-ma’s rocking chair which I liked and wish had it at home now.



In the Facebook, I posted that I was at the cafe and a friend who lives in Austria and happened to be in Helsinki noticed it. And he came to see me! It was such a nice surprise : ) I enjoyed the evening at the lovely French cafe 🙂

そんなわけで、すっかりリラックスして、お店で販売しているデザイングッズを見たり、席を変えて違う椅子やソファに座ってみたり、東フィンランドで製造されていると教えてもらったロッキングチェアに座ってみたりしながら、友達とゴシップに花を咲かせていると・・・ オーストリア在住で、たまたまヘルシンキに出張中の友達にバッタリ。Facebookで私がここにいるのを知って、たまたま近くを通りかかったので会いに来てくれたのだ。なんともうれしいサプライズ!とても楽しいカフェでの時間だった。