As the night time temperatures have dropped to below freezing, and autumn is in full effect, I've also managed to catch the season's first cold.
Laying low and hoping for quick recovery, I can't help that my thoughts go back to the not so resent, sunny summer days.
As in all the capital's of the Nordic countries, also Helsinki, my home town, has long and beautiful sea front. For several kilometers, there is a lovely walkway to stroll, and stop in any, or all, of the cafes on the way. When in Helsinki, my favorite thing to do on Sundays, is to meet up with my brother, walk down the waterfront, stop at one of the cafes while chatting and enjoying the beautiful view . And there's a variety of cafes, something for everyone and every occasion!
The Mattolaituri is an upscale Champagne bar. It has layered terraces over the seaside rocks, for outside seating that are facing the sea. On a sunny day, a very attractive place to chill and enjoy the sun, wine, and scenery with your friends.
The newest addition of the cafes is Birgitta by the Hernesaari. A bit out of the way, but well worth the trip. With a unique kiosk type cafe, small glass walled inside seating area, and a large outside terrace with a view to die for, it would be the winner in my book.
But the menu, the abundance of choices, and the appetizing catering can easily compete with the setting of the cafe.
Luscious sandwiches, filled croissants, delectable and delicate pastries ~ your choices are plentiful and attractive. The brunch we had by the sea was as tasty as the view was beautiful. And we got lucky with timing, when we happen to catch the best table in the front!
So if you are lucky to still enjoy the warm temperatures and sunny summer like days, go out of your way, find the unique local establishments, and enjoy your weekend!
I'm a chef and a pastry chef, and I love food. Preparing a meal for someone is a show of love; for your craft, for the ingredients, and for the ones eating.
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