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Helsinki: Best places to get some work done (Part 1)

Being full-time self-employed or freelancing comes with pros and cons. Working at my own schedule and pace, wearing what I want and being where I want are my favourite perks. However I’ve discovered at times that working from home isn’t the best option for me, especially on days when I really need to get busy and things done. I love spending my mornings at home, I’m slow then, and need plenty of coffee to get started. But as soon as I’m starting to try to get productive, often the fridge or the couch seem like more inviting options, so the safer way is to move somewhere else for the day.

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During intense research, I’ve discovered the very best places in Helsinki to work from! Whether you’re a freelancer, visiting the city, a student or have out-days from your office, finding a good place to focus and avoid procrastination can be hard to come by, if you’re not all too acquainted. So let me help you fix that.
Criteria:

  • strong wifi and power plug availability
  • good coffee and snacks
  • general atmosphere such as mood and lighting
  • location / accessibility
  • prices

In no particular order:

Why join the navy when you can be a pirate

Annankatu 28

IMG_1742-ANIMATIONstrong wifi and power plug availability: strong wifi can be accesses in the premises with the provided passcode, it has never let me down so far. Plugs are around too.

good coffee and snacks: yeah so their offer of food and drinks is what makes this place stand out for sure. WJTNWYCBAP is not a regular café, also not a bar or restaurant, but also a juice bar combined with all that. A long and tasty list of freshly made juices and smoothies, in addition to a tasty lunch offer, sandwiches and good coffee (and those post-work drinks) make this a place where I hang out a lot. Juices are really that energy kick that you need to get things done.

IMG_1739general atmosphere such as mood and lighting: again, big windows and seats right at them are important factors for me, and a plus for the place for sure. No comments from my side about the music during the days either, just remember that it’s a popular afterwork-spot as well and get can pretty busy after 16:00. The seats aren’t the most comfortable but you’ll live.

location / accessibility: Just a few minutes from Kamppi (talking about the mall area), it’s quick and easy to get to. Depending on what direction you come from it’s probably not the most likely spot for you when you come from Kallio, as it is seemingly a bit out of the way but not really.

prices: it’s not cheap. Juices are between 4 and 8€ and can set you back a little quickly, but it’s worth it: quality is high and you’re guaranteed to be happy.

Café Roasberg

Mikonkatu 13

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strong wifi and power plug availability: the password-protected wifi has it’s ups and downs, but when it works it’s reliable and powerful. Electricity plugs are available in the back corners and by the door, another reason for why the window bench spots are my preferred choice (easy access to them).

good coffee and snacks: regular coffee is not the best in town to be fair, but their espresso drinks are delicious and made with love. Staff is very friendly and accommodating too! Their lunch offer comprises of two different soups (although I usually go for those because of the bread) and salads with toppings of your choice. Sandwiches and sweet treats are available all day long. I hear their afterwork hours are nice too, so you can get a glass of wine with your to-do list.

general atmosphere such as mood and lighting: I particularly love the big windows that brighten up the place. Music playing is generally good for working, although sometimes they suddenly go crazy with some odd 80s playlist but that shall be forgiven. The big benches by the windows are obviously my favourite spot, as you can cuddle up with some nice pillows.

location / accessibility: Located very close to the railwaystation, there is super easy access through various trams, busses and the metro, so that’s a plus. Bike parking spots are on the other side of the street too.

prices: if you go around lunch time you can get coffee with your meal and nobody will keep you from getting a refill there either. If you spend a couple of hours there, that’s certainly what I would recommend if you have a budget.

Bergga

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strong wifi and power plug availability: stable and reliable, even for calls. Snatch the window spots as those are close to the power outlets.

good coffee and snacks: both are delicious, coffee is great and I particularly enjoy their breakfast offer, more specifically the bagels. Their soup lunch is also much loved and there is a nice selection of beers if you have a bad day and chocolate won’t do.

general atmosphere such as mood and lighting: guess what? This place has big windows! Basically, your place needs big windows and plenty of light to make it on this list. Bergga is popular for working people, you’ll see plenty of laptops around, mostly on weekdays.

location / accessibility: the Kallio neighbourhood has plenty of connections but trams 3 and 9 stop right in front of the door at the Karhupuisto stop. The metro is just around the corner as well.

prices: As the former working-class district Kallio is generally a tad cheaper than central Helsinki, the same with Bergga.

Cargo

Ruoholahdenranta 8

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The name suggests: this place is built from cargo containers, but it’s a permanent construction on the West end of Helsinki.

strong wifi and power plug availability: wifi is strong as a bear and plugs are all over.

good coffee and snacks: Cargo changed its concept recently to being a solely vegetarian restaurant, which makes their lunch extra special. Delicious soups complement the coffee (which is great too) and the evening menu.

general atmosphere such as mood and lighting: the downstairs part is very bright and has a modern, clean Nordic feel to it which somehow boosts my productiveness a lot, maybe because it feels less distracting. In the summers the rooftop terrace is extremely inviting to lounge about in the sun over a cooling drink – not necessarily supporting the whole working-thing, but definitely good for your soul.

location / accessibility: I live closeby, so for me the location is great. It’s at the end of Baana, an open former railway road which is connecting the central railway station with the West harbour area. From one end to another it takes about 10 minutes by bike, a bit longer by foot. Trams 6, 8 and 9 run near to Cargo as well. So the connection is great even though it might seem out of the way for some.

prices: I’m happy to pay for good coffee and good working vibes, so I do recommend this place for sure. The lunch is worth it every time, it’s fresh, healthy and local.

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Jerry / Pako Arjesta
    April 7, 2016 at 10:03

    Thanks a lot for this :)! I have waited a list like this forever so I’m very glad it’s out there now. It’s actually pretty hard to find a suitable place for working, so you just made my search a lot easier :).

    • Reply
      kathrin
      April 7, 2016 at 10:06

      Haha, I’m glad! Happy to help. It’s indeed difficult sometimes, especially when you’re really busy there’s no time for compromises! Also when visiting places it can be a real struggle to find something quickly!

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    Noemi
    April 7, 2016 at 10:48

    Thank you! I was trying really hard to find places like these, as I am studying and being home can be distracting. Then someone sent me a link to your article 🙂

    I am looking forward to try all of them, but Cargo above all, as it’s close to where I live and is vegetarian! Can’t wait to read part 2 now 🙂

    • Reply
      kathrin
      April 7, 2016 at 10:51

      Oh, so happy to hear that! Hope you enjoy the places as much as I do! Good luck with studying! 🙂

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    Alex
    April 11, 2016 at 12:08

    Also the famous HUB13 on Kaisaniemenkatu 13A 🙂 Day passes are even more affordable, and there are always interesting events going on!

    • Reply
      kathrin
      April 11, 2016 at 12:23

      Thanks for the comment! The place is on my list of things to check out for the follow-up post 🙂 Have a great week Alex!

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    Michel
    April 17, 2016 at 10:07

    Hola Kathrin!! , great review, I need some spot for sundays. I just landed Suomi yesterday. I wil try Kahvi Charlotta then the other ones.

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      kathrin
      April 17, 2016 at 10:13

      Glad to hear! And good call – I should edit the weekend-situation for those, so thanks for the idea! Enjoy Helsinki and good luck with your work-endeavours! 🙂

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        Michel
        April 17, 2016 at 12:46

        Nice spot (Kahvi Charlotta), I liked the place! Its cozy, nice coffee!!!

  • Reply
    evelyn
    April 18, 2016 at 07:22

    love the place! look so comfy and the place is so good for do your assignment!
    have a great day
    xx,
    http://evelyn-halim.blogspot.co.id/

    • Reply
      kathrin
      April 18, 2016 at 19:41

      Yey, glad to hear that! Which place was your favourite?

  • Reply
    Daniel Costa
    June 21, 2016 at 01:39

    Really helpful list. I particularly like Cargo to work.

    • Reply
      kathrin
      June 21, 2016 at 06:48

      Glad you found it helpful! Cargo is lovely. Maybe I should head to that rooftop today…

  • Reply
    Marlena
    July 16, 2016 at 12:17

    Thank you. This is so helpful as I can hardly find good places to do blogging work. Many cafes in Helsinki are great but quite noisy.

    • Reply
      kathrin
      August 7, 2016 at 17:00

      Thank you so much, glad you found it helpful!

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    Eric Seufert
    September 2, 2016 at 09:42

    Thanks, this is really great!

    • Reply
      kathrin
      September 5, 2016 at 14:44

      Thanks Eric, I’m glad! 🙂 Hope you enjoy(ed) Helsinki!

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  • Reply
    Leevi Aroviita
    January 28, 2017 at 23:18

    Thank you so much for this list! Really good review and nice places! I actually got so inspired of your post so I made an video about cafes in Helsinki. Feel free to check it out!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47INYUWBBi8&t=73s
    cheers, Leevi

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