We were visiting my husband’s family this past winter and stopped in for a visit. To be honest, it was about the third time “checking” on the place that we were able to enter and enjoy — holiday hours were in effect. Thankfully I had us on a sort of “stalking mission” as I really wanted to experience Cafe Art. I had read the hype (residence of several top Finnish Barista champions) and I love to experience local coffee shops/cafes — especially when abroad.
The day we visited was cold and crisp, just like I like them. We purposefully crossed Turku’s snowy square determined (or at least I was) to enjoy a coffee at Cafe Art. We pushed open the door to the cafe and smiled. Our cheeks were pink and our noses a bit runny from the cold air, but that all added to the fun of the adventure (not sure äiti/mom agreed). The cozy old house with its many rambling rooms to explore has a bank of windows that face the Aura River with only a walking path between the two.
We ordered our drinks and got a table by the window. I was almost giddy having my latte while watching the people outside and looking at the river. It was beautiful! I could have stayed for hours. The coffee was tasty — they cap it with a nice design made in the foam (light snacks are also available, yum). The most fun for me, though, was peeking into the Finnish cafe scene and drawing from its energy. I wandered through the various rooms, a sun room, an art room, a back room, a front room…all good and with slightly different feels. This place has it all, even its own micro roastery business, Turun Kahvipaahtimo, which supplies beans to shops all across Finland.