Sharron and Brenda Todd

Two sisters from Brooklyn, Sharron and Brenda Todd founded Brooklyn Cafe in December 2011. Born out of a love for coffee, baking and bringing people together, the sisters packed their bags and moved to Helsinki. The cafe is located at Fredrikinkatu 19 in the Punavuori neighborhood and is dedicated to bringing the community together with freshly baked authentic bagels, cupcakes, brownies and dark roasted coffee. In 2016 they opened Little Brooklyn Café at Korkeavuorenkatu 4 in the Ullanlinna neighbourhood and Brooklyn Cafe Aalto at Aalto University's Otaniemi campus in Espoo.

"Being from New York, people always ask us "why Helsinki?" Our answers can be found on those endless summer nights when one never has to chase the sun or under the quiet night of the first snow. This city has heart!"


We adore everything about this amusement park! It takes you back to being a kid again, strolling along with a cotton candy and going from ride to ride. For a small heart attack, we recommend riding "Kingi." For romantic, old-world charm, we recommend putting your hands in the air and maybe snapping a selfie on the old wooden roller coaster "Vuoristorata" built in 1951. Bonus: It's still hand-operated by a young guy in the back and the wooden rails smell wonderful.
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Needless to say we love a cozy cafe, ride your bikes down to this cool spot by the water. In the summer you can try and show off your SUP skills with a rental place on site. In the colder months, we like to grab a delicious cinnamon bun and steamy cup of coffee inside, while eyeing all of the quirky old trinkets hanging on the walls and from the ceiling. Bonus: You can also bring your own hotdogs and cuddle up around the small bonfire outside to roast on your own.
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This restaurant is the real deal for those who love Asian food. With a mixture of Japanese, Korean and Hawaiian influences, their simple, clean cuisine keeps us coming back weekly. Do yourself a favor and try the Salmon Teriyaki with a side of potato salad and kimchi, thank us later! Bonus: the Chicken Kara-age is to die for.
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