There are many cafes and restaurants at Suomenlinna. They all have their unique story and special athmosphere. You can always find a nice place for a coffe break or an enjoyable meal. Contact us for a booking for your group.
We introduce you here to two cafeterias owned by the Ehrensvärd Society.
For almost eighty years the visitors and residents of the Suomenlinna fortress have been able to enjoy a cup of coffee with pastries in the beautiful Piper’s Cafe. On weekdays a soup lunch is also on offer.
Cafe Piper is known for its outstanding location in the flowering park and lovely terrace with a marvellous sea view.
In summer 2017 Café Piper is open
8.5. – 31.5. at 10:30 – 16:30
1.6. – 13.8. at 10:30 – 19
14.8. – 31.8. at 10:30 – 17
1.9. – 17.9. at 10:30 – 16:30
Oldest cafe in Suomenlinna fortress
Cafe Piper has served visitors at Suomenlinna since 1928. In the 18th century a wooden summerhouse inspired by Roman temples stood in the centre of the park as an important part of the English styled garden. The rocky fortress needed also green areas with recreational possibilities to counterbalance the harsh architecture.
The original summerhouse was replaced by a new building in 1874. This new building was used as the Russian officers’ summer residence and a Roman-catholic chapel.
In 1921 the Ehrensvärd Society made an initiative for starting a cafe in the fortress and was given a permission to build ”restaurant facilities” in Piper’s Park. The old and decayed chapel was torn down with the exception of its cellar and a new building was built in 1928. The new cafe was designed by the architect A.W Rancken.
The cafe and souvenir shop of Suomenlinna Centre
The Suomenlinna Centre welcomes visitors all year round. From the Suomenlinna Centre start the regular guided tours and the Suomenlinna Museum provides interesting facts about the fortress.
The shop offers souvenirs from Suomenlinna as well as literature and postcards. In the cafeteria visitors can enjoy a cup of warm coffee also in the wintertime.