Helsinki, Uusimaa

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Eccentric and cheap vegetarian cafe/bar at art university

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice, Bar, Other

Kipsari restaurant, cafe and bar is very unique place to visit. They serve vegetarian (vegan sometimes) meal on Weekdays for 4 or 5 euros. Salad buffet meal includes salad table with at least 4 sometimes even up to 8 varieties of salads and sauces, juice/water as drink and self-baked kipsari bread with seasonal vegetarian spread. The warm meal includes the warm meal choise, kipsari bread, juice and cabbage or carrot "salad".

It is possible to buy soda or beer to go with the lunch. Lunch is served from 10 am to 3~6 pm depending on how long does the food last. Vegetarian soup might be served as replacement once the main course runs out (in the evenings up to 8 pm).

Kipsari is closed during the summer months.

Kipsari has existed since 60's. Originally it was an illegal bar and cafe until the end of the millenium, when it was made legal company. In spring 2009, there was improvisational theather performances on mondays at 6 pm (no entrance fee) . Kipsari is student owned company and through out the years it has developed very peculiar own kind of ethnic receipes. It is possible to buy fair trade coffee for 1€. Kipsari is also art gallery. You can visit the white walled gallery at the corner of the cafe. You might want to go to see other free art exhibition at Hämeentie 135 C (8th floor) and at the Arabia factory outlets (2nd floor)

Added by mur on Jul 4 09 (last updated Mar 19 15)

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Arabia district


Take tram 6 from the railway station and go to "Arabiankatu / Arabiagatan" and walk onwards to the building which read "arabia". Go to the end of the building and and turn right. Kipsari is located in the basement of the building, so walk down the metal stairs.

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No Reservations

Not Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive


  • Visa


  • Eclectic (Fusion)
  • Eclectic (Varied)


  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wi-Fi



9am - 8:30pm

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