Lätty Helsinki is a crêperie tent in Fredan tori, the only Italian-style piazza in Helsinki. Lätty, Finnish for pancake, has a simple concept: it makes pancakes on a French crepe pan and offers a range of sweet and savoury toppings. You can even combine the two, such as melted cheddar and fresh cherries. Lätty also serves porridge in the morning, and coffee buns are available all day. Lätty’s owner, vintage dealer Samuli Simula, uses a knife that hangs around his waist to cut any size of bun the customer wants. Butter on top is the finishing touch.
Samuli starts his day at 5:25am by checking the weather. Unless it is a complete downpour, Samuli will erect his tent. During the day Lätty Helsinki attracts customers from throughout the neighbourhood. They may include the managing director of an investment bank who lives nearby or designers from the studio next door. Samuli goes through 10 litres of pancake batter a day, which can last 14 hours. The owner’s passion for what he does can also be seen in his menu, which often includes surprise toppings – sometimes even truffles!
Rumour has it that next September, during Helsinki Design Week, Lätty Helsinki will team up with the neighbouring architectural office to build a small pavilion in the piazza.