Are you looking for a spot for an aperitif or a cocktail before your dinner, or perhaps a tapas meal in a cosy atmosphere? Helsinki offers different kinds of restaurants, each having their unique touch. Here are our five wine bar recommendations: Ateljee bar, Cafe Kruunu, Fazer CHAMPAGNE, La Maison and Riviera Kallio.
The Ateljee Bar is a legendary cocktail bar, which was established in 1951 at the tower of Hotelli Torni. The bar is on the 14 th floor and provides a wide open scenery all over the Helsinki metropolitan area, as far as the Baltic sea. In addition to the view in the bar, the ladies room on the top floor has become quite famous as well, with large windows and a magnificent view around the city. One of the most popular drinks of the bar is the Aalto-cocktail. The name of the cocktail comes from the vase, designed by Alvar Aalto, the world famous Finnish architect. You can buy the vase as a souvenir with the cocktail.
Cafe Kruunu is situated in the block of Kruununhaka. A cosy bar for around 20 customers specializes in Spanish tapas meals and Spanish drinks. They serve cavas, wines, as well beers from Spain. You can order your meal at a very reasonable prize, and Cafe Kruunu has got a Happy Hour -time every opening day. How about a glass of sparkling cava as an appetizer?
Fazer Champagne can be found on the eighth floor of the well known Stockmann department store in the city centre. You can find several brands of champagne – including vintage – made by selected well known French Champagne Houses. The bar also serves a selection of savoury and sweet pastries. Visit to Fazer Champagne is easy in the midst of your shopping in the city.
La Maison is located in Eira, alongside the lively street Tehtaankatu. La Maison is a bistro which serves menus with 1-5 dishes. Near the entrance, there is a bar, where you can enjoy a glass of wine, especially from France. The restaurant has got a compact bar menu which includes escargots, or Boef Tartar with French fries. You can choose your appetizer drink in the bar and continue with the delicious meal in the dining area.
Riviera Kallio is a combination of a bar and a cinema experience. It is the first one of its kind in Helsinki. You can choose snacks and drinks from the menu and enjoy watching your favourite movie at the same time. Riviera has got the latest international and domestic movies for the spectators in their selection. Some special themes are also in the repertoire, such as ballet or football. This cinema lies in the same premises where the old Riviera cinema did, from 1955 to 1982.
Photos Ideal Helsinki, the wine bars, Featured image Ateljee-bar.
English edition Mirja Honkanen