Best Karelian pies in Helsinki

Karelian pies.
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Karelian pies are to Finnish food traditions what pizzas are to Italian. Authentic thin-crust, hand-made Karelian pies can be found in many places in Helsinki – both handmade on the spot and transported fresh from Karelia. Timo Santala has tasted them all and lists the best Karelian pies in Helsinki and where to find them.

Kotileipomo Anna-Liisa Sorsa

Anna-Liisa Sorsa’s traditional barley-filled Karelian pies are handmade in the small community of Liperi in North Karelia and are considered by many to be the very best of their kind. In Helsinki you can find them at Marian Konditoria inside Hakaniemi Market Hall, and Kahvila Mutteri in the Lauttasaari district. You can also buy fresh-frozen A-L Sorsa Karelian pies from Sesonkipuoti in the Redi Shopping Centre in the new Kalasatama district.

Männikkölän pirtti

Männikkölän Pirtti’s handmade traditional Karelian pies are long, narrow and delicious. They are baked in Nurmes in the heart of North Karelia, and you can find them in Helsinki at Café Strindberg and the breakfast buffets of the Hotel Haven and F6. You can also buy bags of them from Kalaliike Marja Nätti inside Hakaniemi Market Hall and the Old Market Hall, as well as from Laivurin valinta and K-Supermarkets inside Postitalo and in the Arabia and Lauttasaari districts. K-Supermarket Mustapekka also sells them frozen.

Konditoria Hopia

Konditoria Hopia is a cosy café that has operated out of the same premises on Hesperiankatu since 1949, and its Karelian pies have almost iconic status in Helsinki. Hopia bakes fresh Karelian pies daily using the same original recipe that Emma Hopia brought with her from Sortavala in Karelia to Helsinki almost 70 years ago. The log walls, wooden tables and Kalevala-inspired frescos create an authentic atmosphere, or you can visit its newer outlet in the Kumpula district.
Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 9, Töölö
Intiankatu 25, Kumpula

Karjalanpiirakkaleipomo Arffman

Arffman’s is literally a “Karelian pie bakery” that delivers its genuine handmade pies to the S-Markets at Sokos and Bulevardi, K-Markets in Kamppi, Erottaja, Esplanadi, Redi, Hertta, Arabia, Aurinkolahti, Myllypuro, Kauklahti, Vuosaari, Töölöntori,  and Jätkäsaari, and the Food Market Herkku in Helsinki centre, usually on Thursdays and Fridays. You can also order them directly from the bakery in batches of 20 or more.

Helsinki Homemade Bakery

Klaus Ittonen once sold Karelian pies on bicycle in summertime before opening his own artisan bakery at the start of this year on Cygnaeuksenkatu in the Etu-Töölö district. Karelian pies are baked twice daily using organic flour by Malmgård. Helsinki Homemade Bakery’s Karelian pies are small, round and crispy on the outside – no wonder this relative upstart has attracted so many loyal customers already!
Cygnaeuksenkatu 6

Kanniston Leipomo

Founded by Alma Kannisto in 1914, Kanniston Leipomo also makes Karelian pies by hand. This traditional bakery has opened several new outlets in recent years, so in addition to its café and shop on Kankurinkatu in Punavuori, you can also enjoy their delicious Karelian pies on Runeberginkatu, Annankatu, Yliopistokatu, Kaarlenkatu, Siltasaarenkatu and Munkkiniemen Puistotie.
kannistonleipomo.fi

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Karelian pies are to Finnish food traditions what pizzas are to Italian. Authentic thin-crust, hand-made Karelian pies can be found in many places in Helsinki – both handmade on the spot and transported fresh from Karelia.