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Finnish Food Culture: Runeberg Cake


What is it all about?

Every year on 5th February, Finland celebrates its national poet and author of Finland's national anthem - J.L. Runeberg, by eating famous Runeberg cakes (Runebergin torttu in Finnish). This raspberry jam-toped muffin-like cake was invented by his wife, Fredrika Runeberg, and later named after him. 

If you are visiting Espoo during early February, you can taste this famous pastry in most of the local Cafés - here are our 7 Espoo Café tips!

Runeberg cakes in a row

Where to taste Runeberg Cake?

Nokkalan Majakka Café

Local favorite café, located right on the shore of the Baltic Sea, and the beautiful Espoo Waterfront Walkway. In Nokkalan Majakka, you can enjoy delicious pastries, Runeberg cakes, and a breathtaking view over Espoo's seaside all year round!

Address: Nokkalanniemi 2, 02230 Espoo

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Kaisan Café

A famous Café among locals for its own recipes and freshly baked cinnamon buns. However, you will not make a mistake with any of their delicious pastries - including the Runeberg cakes.

Address: Tapionaukio 4, 02100 Espoo (Shopping Mall Ainoa)

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People waiting their turn in front of Kaisan Café
Location: Kaisan Café, Shopping Mall Ainoa

Café Mellsten

Beachside Café has a history going back to the spring of 1994 when it started offering coffee with sweet and salty pastries. Nowadays, it is a lovely place to enjoy the seaside atmosphere over a homemade lunch, coffee, and traditional pastries such as Runeberg cake.

Address: Mellstenintie 6, 02170 Espoo

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Bemböle Coffee House

A traditional red wooden house from the 18th century and home to the popular Bemböle Coffee House. Here, you can choose from good coffee, delicious pastries - including the Runeberg cakes, and traditional home-cooked dishes. 

Address: Bellinmäki 1, 02740 Espoo

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Red wooden house and home to Bembölen Coffee House from outside
Location: Bembälen Coffee House
Photo: Daniela Brezinova

Kanniston Bakery

A bakery since 1914 from the capital, Helsinki, but you can now enjoy their delicious pastries and love for bread in Espoo's Sello Shopping Mall. Choose to pre-order your Runeberg cakes from their bakery or pick them up from the bakery with your friends or family.

Address: Leppävaarankatu 3-9, 02600 Espoo (Shopping Mall Sello)

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Indoors of Kanniston Bakery store with sweet pastry shelfs
Location: Kanniston Bakery

Marian Sweet Pastry Café

With 100 years of experience, Marian Sweet Pastry Café prepares its pastries and Runeberg cakes while respecting Finnish traditions. In Espoo, you can enjoy their products at Shopping Mall Sello and Espoontori Shopping Mall at Espoo Center. 


Leppävaarankatu 3-9, 02600 Espoo (Shopping Mall Sello)

Kamreerintie 3, 02770 Espoo (Espoontori Shopping Mall at Espoo Center)

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Runerberg cakes on discplay together with other sweet pastry
Location: Marian Sweet Pastry Café, Shopping Mall Sello

Gateau Bakery

Delicious taste and the need for a slight touch of luxury in daily life brought Getau Bakery to Finland. With their ''taste first'' motto, you can enjoy their delicious pastries and Runeberg cakes at two Espoo locations - in Shopping Mall Iso Omena and Shopping Mall Lippulaiva.


Piispansilta 11, 02230 Espoo (Shopping Mall Iso Omena)

Espoonlahdenkatu 8, 02320 Espoo (Shopping Mall Lippulaiva)

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Frozen land with wood campfire and kettle on top
Photo: Sami Takarautio