With more companies opting for home-office days for their staff, more people finding their way to entrepreneurship and generally way more flexibility in working for both Helsinki locals and visitors, I bring you the second part of my “Best places to get some work done” series, which is way overdue. Here’s a bunch of new places that my work friends and myself have found to be great spots for an out-of-office day. ONE MORE THING: whenever you go and spend a couple of hours and one of these places, remember to make your stay worthwhile for the owners too – after my last post I found out that one of the places had banned laptops from their café because they lost customers and money by people hogging the tables – so don’t be that guy.
Helsinki Think Corner – Yliopistonkatu 4 – Opening hours: Mon–Fri 8–20, Sat 11–17
As part of the Helsinki University, many don’t know that the Think Corner Café is actually open for anybody. This place is stunning with high ceilings and stunning architecture of wood and concrete, natural light from the ceiling and most importantly – good coffee and proper wifi. Get there easily by trams 4, 5, 7, 9 or by metro to the University of Helsinki.
Paulig Kulma – Aleksanterinkatu 9 – Opening hours: Mo-Fr 7.30 – 20.00, Sa 9.00 – 20.00, Su 10.00 – 20.00
Another favourite for everyone, is Kulma, a cosy and modern café in the heart of the city. The Barista Institute Kulma is really popular, so if you want a proper spot to work, come early. Coffee is very great if you manage to catch one of the nucks on the second floor – that’s the best place. Arrival by trams 4, 5, 7, 9 or by metro to the University of Helsinki.
Harju8 – Harjutori 8 – Opening hours: daily 11-02
Ah the home feels! I popped in here just for a quick coffee the first time, and quickly returned for the memories of cafés in Luxembourg it brought me. Good coffee, delightful service. Get there by metro to Sörnäinen or trams 8, 9, 6, 7, 1.
Sofia Teesalonki – Sofiankatu 4 – Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8–18, Sat & Sun closed
More about Sofia Future Farm here soon – because Sofia is not only this tea salon that is very inviting for a calm work session (and worry not, there’s also coffee) but also a beautiful co-working space, event location and great food options. Great to start the mornings here with really cheap (2€) porridge and hang out. Arrival by trams 4, 5, 7, 9 or by metro to the University of Helsinki.
Rupla – Helsinginkatu 16 – Opening hours: Mo-Fr 8:00-18:00, Sa-Su 11:00-17:00
A local favourite for their breakfast, coffee and occasional office cafés, it’s a cozy space in a convenient location. Get there by metro to Sörnäinen or trams 8, 9, 6, 7, 1.
Lost in Helsinki– Kaisaniemenkatu 3 – Mo-Tu 3pm–12am, We-Thu 3pm–1am, Fr-Sat 3pm–2am, Su 3pm–12am
Bonus, this one came from a reader! Thank you! With this being a good point – most of the places that are good for a work date tend to either close or become noisier at it gets later in the day. Lost in Helsinki might not be the first thing to recommend that comes to my mind, but for the night owls in search of an out-of-office location, this seems to be a good option. Arrive by metro or tram to the University of Helsinki or just walk from the Railway Station.