Kalle Freese’s spirit animal

We used to love having brunch at Freese cafe – home to some of Helsinki’s best coffee, made by Finnish Barista Champion, Kalle Freese.

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Freese cafe – December 2014

Kalle first fell in love with coffee while living in New Zealand and sadly for us, his cafe closed a while ago due to his other commitments – but we found his legacy last weekend when we visited summer cafe Kahvila Siili.

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Siili means hedgehog in Finnish and the cafe is found in the lovely suburb of Puu-Käpylä, just 20 mins from central Helsinki.

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Puu means wood or wooden and the area is unique for its colourful houses, which were built in the 1920s.

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Red ochre features heavily in the local scheme as it does in many traditional Finnish neighbourhoods.

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We even saw a cat on a lead, not an unusual sight in Helsinki, enjoying the sun outside.

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It was a lovely walk that was made even better once we arrived at our destination.

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The brunch menu, we found, was the same as Kalle Freese’s – delicious crunchy granola with creamy yoghurt, served with seasonal fruit, fresh apple juice and your choice of tea or coffee.

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It also includes tasty avocado on toast and an egg, cooked to 63 degrees celsius and served with thinly sliced fennel.

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There’s also a great selection of freshly baked treats for those looking to have dessert.

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And to top it all off on our way home we came across the cafe’s very own namesake! Not Freese but siili! – a gorgeous neighbourhood hedgehog.

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Kahvila Siili – open only in summer

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4 thoughts on “Kalle Freese’s spirit animal

  1. Charming on all levels…thank you! I can’t wait to spent time in Finland in the summer so that I can fully enjoy walking around this neighborhood.

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