A Helsinki-based reader reminded us of Ateljé Finne—housed in the former studio of sculptor Gunnar Finne—after she visited for dinner.
We first heard about the cafe from Mjölk‘s Juli and John Baker, who stopped in on their trip through Finland several years ago. The building’s layers are reminiscent of its past life as a simple clay studio: large glass doors open into a gallery-white plaster-covered brick, and the fare is as Nordic as it gets: Baltic herring confit, buckwheat crisps, lingonberry mousse, and licorice crème brûlée.
Photography via Ateljé Finne, except where noted.
Follow the restaurant’s artful dishes on Instagram @ateljefinne. And traveling to Scandinavia? Take a look at Finland, Sweden, and Norway in our Design Travel Guides. Here are a few of our favorite stops:
- Agrikultur: 10 Design Ideas to Steal from a Tiny, Newly Michelin-Starred Restaurant in Stockholm
- An Architect’s Estate, Open for Business: Wanås Hotel in Skåne, Sweden
- Jackie Bar: Channeling 1970s Italy in Modern Helsinki
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 11, 2012.