Cafe Engel has a wonderful location in an historical building right opposite the main cathedral in Helsinki.
The view on a sunny summer day is magnificent, and even more interesting on a freezing winter day when the snow is piled up around the Senate Square and on the steps of the Cathedral.
Their cakes are delicious but the best thing about their food is the breakfast and the other dishes on their menu, a menu that has stood the test of time.
The building in which Café Engel is located is one of the oldest in Helsinki. The ground floor was built in 1765 in the place of an old pipe factory. The architect is unknown.
In the 1830´s two floors were added and Carl Ludvig Engel (1778-1840) designed the facade. Engel begun his studies in his hometown Berlin and continued them later in St. Petersburg during the reign of Alexander the II.
He designed many Empire style buildings around the Senate Square including The Dome of Helsinki, The University Hall and The University Library.