Category Archives: Helsinki

Pink tea pot <3


I hadn’t been to moko market for a while though I had heard that they changed the arrangement and there is more space for KaffaRoastery which is another cafe in the moko market just next to moko market cafe.

近所なのにしばらく行っていなかったmoko market。店のレイアウトが変わり、併設のKaffaRoasteryが広くなったという話を聞いていたのだが・・・。

Today I saw new layout of the moko market and liked it a lot! Moko had been always a lovely place to see all lovely & cute interior decoration items and so on but now it looks more for matured people without losing the cuteness!


I don’t remember how they used to serve tea but, today, my darjeeling tea was served in a pink pot which I liked a lot! It’s maybe a small thing but I felt super happy to see such a lovely pink pot <3 Usually, I drink coffee when I go to cafe but I think I will drink tea at moko (or I will go to moko for the pink tea pot 😉


Where can I find decent Japanese food in Helsinki?

I felt like sushi today. But I was aware of that the best favorite sushi restaurant in the town, Wagocoro, was closed this week. I wondered where I could have decent, not necessarily the best sushi in Helsinki city center. It didn’t have to be sushi but I wanted to have raw fish (sashimi) and rice since I had had heavy meals recently.


There are many many sushi restaurants in Helsinki now but most of them, for me, is not quite right. Often, those chefs never had decent sushi. There was only one place I could think of going today. It was Koto. They have decent variety and decent taste as Japanese restaurant.



So, here’s what I got today at Koto. Salmon is always a good choice in Finland. It’s fatty and tasty. (I love fatty food!)

(色以外)派手さはないものの、やはりフィンランド、脂がのっているサーモンはおいしくて 🙂 今日のお店とメニューのチョイスに間違いはなかったよう。サーモンを選んでおけば、生でも火を加えたものでも、フィンランドでは間違えないね~、という感じ。食べたかったものが食べれて、非常に満足 🙂

Absolutely Lovely Ruoka-Kauppa, “mat”

IMG_2845IMG_2850I’m extremely happy about a lovely deli which opened recently in Punavuori!  Ruoka-Kauppa “mat” is an absolutely LOVELY place to have breakfast, lunch or coffee with lovely pastry or pudding!

Look at these pastries and puddings! Though I didn’t eat them when I went there for lunch, (again my non-grain day!), from the looks, I am so sure they would taste super! (You know I have perfect instinct, eyes and nose when it comes to food!)

Even looking at them and now looking at the photos, I feel joyful 🙂

I don’t think there hasn’t been such a perfect deli (I call it deli for now, but am not sure about precise definition besides they call themselves ruoka-kauppa) in Helsinki before.  This is REAL! (and reminds me of London and Paris. YOU KNOW what I mean!)




In addition to the fact lunch salad was nutritious and tasty, I liked the system that price depends on weight of food you take. For those who have smaller stomach than average, including myself, it’s very nice.

I try to have variety of vegetable everyday but it’s not easy to prepare it. But here, you can have it at reasonable price! I am so happy to have “mat” being less than 5-minute walk from my home.

A friend, who I had lunch with on the day, and I have a plan to enjoy one (or maybe a bit more) of these lovey puddings some time soon! We have something to celebrate and mat’s pudding is super appropriate for the occasion, in my opinion 😉


Andante – One More Lovely Cafe in Punavuori


I love and am loyal to the area where I live, i.e. Punavuori, in Helsinki. And I love the fact that there are a lot of lovely cafe and restaurants in the area and I don’t really have to go far (more than 10 min walk 😉 ) to have great lunch, coffee and puddings 🙂 …well, I might be JUST lazy 😉

Five months ago, another lovely cafe was opened very close to my apartment (less than 5 min walk!) and I started to get familiar with the cafe and the staffs. They are friendly and sensible Chinese boys and girls. (Allow me to say so! You look super young and I think you are!!!)

So far, I tried, Match Latte, which impressed me with the lovely green color

The most beautiful Match Latte I have ever seen :)
The most beautiful Match Latte I have ever seen 🙂

And Cinnamon Latte, which they posted in the FB as perfect for today (typical Finnish November weather, I understood!) . I saw their post before heading to the cafe and thought it was an excellent idea to have cinnamon latte.

Not Cafe Latte but Cinnamon Latte
Not Cafe Latte but Cinnamon Latte

Different kinds of cake looked super yummy though I haven’t tried them yet since I have my own rule about eating sugar and flour… So, I just took pictures to enjoy it through lens.


What I like about Andante is that they have variety of warm drink (and smoothies and juice) and  homey feel. I was a bit (actually, a lot!) annoyed by some family with kids speaking super loud for 15-20 min. while I was trying to work there today. But, usually, it’s quiet with good selection of music. WiFi works comfortably 🙂 They also have wide variety of tea selection and I would like to try them some time soon!

Weekend brunch sounded great according to friends who have had it before. Today, I asked them if they would serve breakfast on weekdays and they are thinking of it.

The cafe is combined with a florist’s, actually, the florist’s had been there for quite some time and cafe opened recently. Flowers and cafe, I love the combination!



Unexpected Location for Fab. Lunch – Ravintola Lähiö

I had no idea about the location when I saw the address. It meant it wasn’t in the city centre of Helsinki. But but but, somewhat the article in the online news made me think I must go there despite the article was in Finnish which I don’t understand as much as English.



Though it’s reached easily by metro from Helsinki city centre, we had a car on the day and drove to Rastila camping site. Yes, it’s located in the camping site, unexpected location for gourmet restaurant. There were many camping cars at the site.





For lunch, our choice was grilled salmon. We knew what to order when we saw the day’s lunch menu online before coming here 🙂 And it was the right choice! I think other dishes are equally good though. Well, we like salmon 🙂


More than salmon, however, I was super impressed by the potatoes under the salmon (Hope you can see them!). I am not a big fan of potatoes. I usually skip to eat it. Often, I even ask the chef not to put any potatoes on the plate. But I, of course, tasted it at this gourmet restaurant.


The potatoes were so delicious that I couldn’t leave any bit on the plate. I was really full but couldn’t stop! It was one of the best potatoes I had ever eaten. (I’ve never imagined I would write about potatoes with this much passion 😉 )

こんなおいしいレストラン、Ravintola Lähiö。キャンプ場まで足を伸ばす価値はある。キャンプ場と聞くとなんだか行くのが大変そうなのだが、地下鉄の駅のすぐ近くでもあるので、アクセスも簡単。かつ、このメインディッシュにサラダビュッフェと食後の飲み物がついて10€というのは、オトク感も高いではないか・・・。


Including salad buffet and coffee/tea, the lunch was only 10 €. Super value!

I recommend to go to Ravintola Lähiö at the camping site 😉





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。



Perfect Sunday Brunch @ Olipa Kerran


If I remember correctly, it was July when we first planned to go to Olipa Kerran and booked a table for a Sunday morning. A friend sent me a link to a blog which wrote about the lovely brunch at the hotel which is located only 5 min walk from my home. The pictures looked irresistible. I immediately agreed with the brunch friends to go there. But that morning, I had a severe headache and couldn’t leave the bed. Sweets friends decided not to go there without me as they knew how much I had been looking forward to going there.

Some of us were away from the city during summer and we finally got there today! I had been excited about it for a couple of weeks since we booked a table (once again). 

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The interior decoration, especially colors, was super lovely. One of us said, “even on a cold and snowy day, if you came here, you would feel warm and happy.” And everyone agreed. There was atmosphere which makes us happy.

Of course, it wasn’t only decoration and atmosphere. Selection of food was one of the best I’ve ever had in Helsinki 🙂 Most importantly, they had lovely lovely LOVELY pancakes with maple syrup! (I admit that pancake was one of the most decisive reason why I so wanted to go there 😉  I am crazy for pancakes as much as I wonder if I would choose pancakes or sushi as my last supper 😉 and as much as I eat it everyday when I visit Honolulu, Hawaii or any other cities in the US 😉 Though there are salad, cheese and other salty dishes, I started my brunch with the lovely pancakes.


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I also loved berry smoothies in tiny glasses. It is very sensible to serve it in a small portion as we could try more variety of dishes when each portion is small 🙂  Bacon, cheese, salad, etc. etc. were also very good. All of us overate with overwhelming joy. (I don’t think I am exaggerating!)  It was a perfect Sunday brunch with great friends.

Olipa Kerran” means “once upon a time” in Finnish. Theme of the decoration is something old. There were some old items in the restaurant.


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Fresh and Healthy Lunch @ Rulla @ Helsinki


I had known about the shop but hadn’t known that they were serving such lovely lunch. When we were talking about going for lunch, I remembered that the friend had mentioned she had been to eat Vietnamese rolls before. So, I said I would like to try it and we went to Rulla today. Their food was fresh and healthy. I liked that we could eat a lot of vegetable, beans and nuts.



At 9.30€, we could choose three different Vietnamese rolls and salad. There were two different kinds of salad you could choose. Both of us chose sweet potato salad. (I chose it as I like it and it is one of the super foods :)) My choices of Vietnamese rolls were salmon+avocado, duck, and spicy shrimp+mango. As soon as we ordered, we said we wouldn’t be able to finish the dishes. Salad was plenty and spring rolls were not that small.




We didn’t find knives and we concluded we had to eat rolls with fingers. I actually had tried to use  two folks to cut the rolls in edible size at first but it didn’t work.The filling came out from the wrap and it didn’t stay as a roll. (would have been the same if I used knife!). Also the wet wipe convinced us it is finger food 🙂


Rulla is small part of an organic shop which not only sells lovely organic cosmetics but also nicely designed clothes and the other cool stuff. We looked at the stuff after having lunch, of course 🙂


For more information check out their FB page ←お店の情報はこちらから

Veggie Week (for me)

This week, I visited two veggie restaurants, one recently opened, another one which I hadn’t been for a while. Both were quite satisfying and joyful 🙂

今週は自分の中でベジウィーク。火曜日には比較的最近オープンしたと聞いたベジバーガーの店、”Soi Soi” へ。この店のことは ヴィーガンの人たちとたまにやってる持ち寄りパーティーのときに教えてもらった。前からあって私も何回か行ったことのあるベジバーガーの店、Vegemesta をもっとよくした感じ、と教えてくれた人が言っていたのだが、店に入って納得。まったく飾り気がなくどちらかというと がらーんとしたお店の中。店の人が一人で注文をとり、料理をし、料理を運ぶ(といってもバーガーとかサラダなのだが)。とってもざっくばらんな感じ。あまり愛想もない感じ・・・でも バーガーの具について質問すると親切丁寧に説明してくれた店の人。

Soi Soi” is located near Sörnäinen metro station. I heard about it from friends who I met at “vegan” gathering. They explained it as better version of Vegemesta (the other veggie burger shop). When I got there and saw how it was like, I understood why they explained in such a way. It was quite laid back “place” (I feel it’s more appropriate to call it “place” rather than “restaurant”.) Menu was on the black board on the top of wall. There was one guy cooking and serving. Absolutely no frill. Yet, when we asked questions about ingredients, he explained what they were kindly and pleasantly.


A friend and I, both, ordered goat cheese veggie burger. The filling which looks like meat pâté is soy. It was delicious and filling 🙂 I so enjoyed it!



The other restaurant I went for lunch on the other day was “Zucchini” which is open only for lunch time (11am – 4pm). I had been there before and liked a lot. A friend and I met up in front of the restaurant at half past eleven and it was already super busy at the restaurant. It looked that all the tables were occupied when we entered in the restaurant, but some groups left just before we got food from the counter. More and more customers came in after us but they all seem to have got tables. Most groups were sharing the tables with other groups of people and we also had another two people at our table. It’s such a popular veggie restaurant with such delicious and healthy food.



We both had French style casserole with smoked tofu. I ate smoked tofu first time and loved it 🙂 It was soooooooo delicious! It’s a lovely restaurant but it’s too busy to stay for nice long lunch. It may be a good idea to go there much later.


Healthy and tasty meal always makes me feel I’m a much better person than before 😉 (You know this feeling, don’t you?!)



Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupCakes!


chocolate & nutella cupcake

I love cupcakes as much as I I said,  “I love cupcakes as much as I believe it has magic to make girls happy;-),” in the post, the cute cupcake shop at Antwerp , which I wrote last summer. And they again made me happy today 🙂




Last week, I noticed the sign, “Cupcakes are ->” !!! on the street that I walk everyday. How exciting!!! I had been looking forward to tasting cupcakes at the new cafe on Fredrikinkatu, 3-minute walk from my flat. (have to say, again, I love my neighborhood!). Today, I had a chance to visit BrkLyn Bakery 🙂

先週、毎日歩く近所の通りに “Cupcakes are ->”(カップケーキはこちら)の看板を見たときの盛り上がりたるや・・・さっそく今日は一仕事終えたご褒美に BrkLyn Bakeryでカップケーキをいただいてみた。



Red Velvet Cupcake

and, loved the Red Velvet Cupcake . I also tasted chocolate & nutella (OMG, nutella!!! I know many friends who are crazy for it ;-)) cupcake (picture on the top) a friend had and ti was also yummy!

私の食べたred velvet カップケーキも、友達に少しだけ味見させてもらったチョコレートとヌテラのカップケーキも(そう、ヌテラ中毒になりそうな友達もいたりするあのヌテラ(笑)もどちらもとってもラブリーな味。一口食べただけでやっぱりhappyな気分。

I’m happy to have another cafe/shop where I can get lovely cupcakea in Helsinki 🙂

My other favorite shops for cupcakes are Kannistonleipomo,



 and Keisari, especially for their inviting presentation of colorful cupcakes!

そし カラフルなカップケーキを素敵にディスプレイしているKeisari。ご参考まで