It’s saturday so I have a chance to visit this second french getaway in Helsinki. On weekdays it’s mainly for people who doesn’t work 9-5, unless they come for lunch. Nothing wrong with coming for lunch, the smell is butterly divine. But I’m here for breakfast and I’m longing for a coffee. A moment of trouble. I don’t see any rye bread or other sandwiches for that matter. I know this i french but I love my sandwiches, and I really don’t even want to help it. The frenchman behind the counter sees my despair and suggests he makes me a baguette the french way. He tells me not to worry. I see no reason to resist.
Some seconds later I sit on the sofa beside the window looking out over the light and peaceful space. First he brings me my latte, a moment later I get a half baguette filled with salad, ham and cheese. I like it the french way but I’m glad I’ve had my morning run. It’s huge. The latte is really good. Next week they’ll have soya milk he promised. And yessss, they understand the importance of bringing a small chocolate with every coffee. Very much appreciated.
I sit for hours, read, write, eavesdrop and allow my self another coffee to be able to dream fully. Meanwhile people pop in for a freshly baked bread from Frambois bakery or take some croissants to enjoy at the breakfast table in a Munkkiniemi home. Coffee and chocolate cake seems to be another winner. The owner couple are so hearty to them all and french words are all over. Does everybody in Munkkiniemi speak french? Around the tables they all seem so pleased. They plan family life and a trip to the Espoo woods. A father lectures his grown up daughter and then it’s Nokia strategy conversations on the phone. All equally important. This is Café Bistrot.
Coffee 1, 80 €
Latte 3,60 €
Filled half baguette 6,50 €
Yummy breads from Frambois 2,50-3,90 €
Lunch + pastry + coffee 13,20€
@Laajalahdentie 17, Next door to famous Ukkomunkki. From the end of Munkkiniemen Puistotie turn right and walk 100 m up.
Open mon-fri 9-17, saturday 9-15, sunday closed😦