Iconic places in Helsinki: Fazer

Fazer Cafe's main counter, behind the glass on display is a huge variety of cakes, pastries, sandwiches, smoothies and more. The floor and lower half of the counter are black and white marble, and several people are working behind the main service counter.
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Ever since it first opened in 1891, Fazer’s café has been a gathering place for friends, families and relatives who want to spend some special time together.

Eero Paulamäki, Master Confectioner at the Karl Fazer Café, maintains the international spirit of Fazer by seeking inspiration from abroad – just as the company’s founder Karl Fazer had done. Karl was the son of Edouard Fazer, a furrier who emigrated to Finland from Switzerland at the age of 23. Fazer studied baking in Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg before opening his own French-Russian confectionery at Kluuvikatu 3, which his father owned.

These days Eero Paulamäki is responsible for overseeing that the café’s display cases feature new designs and flavours on a regular basis – pastries and chocolates that live up to the company’s iconic advertising slogan: “Say Fazer when you want something good!”

Ever since it first opened in 1891, Fazer’s café has been a gathering place for friends, families and relatives who want to spend some special time together. Many older locals remember their grandparents buying them ice creams at the legendary café when they were kids. Some of the classic confectionaries that were served on the opening day, including Bebe, Kinuski and Tumma, are still sold to this day alongside more recent arrivals, such as Finland 100 confectionaries, pulled oats and avocado sandwiches, and other trendy snacks.

The same attention to detail is paid to the café’s window display and interior décor as was done by Karl Fazer’s wife Berta Fazer, who travelled extensively and was very particular about style and colours. The biggest change to the interior was made in 1931, when a contemporary functionalist style was introduced. This look was restored during the café’s renovation in the 1990s, at which time table service was discontinued.

You can find Fazer Cafés in Helsinki from these addresses:

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Ever since it first opened in 1891, Fazer’s café has been a gathering place for friends, families and relatives who want to spend some special time together.