The Oldest Pharmacy in Europe and a kind of Hot Chocolate at Kehrwieder, Tallinn, Estonia

Kehrwieder is located right off of the Town Hall square in the heart of the Tallinn old town. The cobblestone square is lined with restaurants with big terraces that wre filled with locals and tourists enjoying the sun. In the summer the center of the square is filled with stalls selling local fare. At Christmas this transforms into a Christmas market with a giant decorated tree towering in the middle. Just to one side of the square is the Raeapteck pharmacy, the oldest continuously running pharmacy in Europe. It has been in business since the early 15th century. Back then [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:03+00:00April 19th, 2016|Estonia, Tallinn|

Marzipan and a visit to Historic Maiasmokk Café, Tallinn, Estonia

The historic area of Tallinn is quite large. You will not have the time to visit it all if you spend only a day here (all the more reason to plan a few days here). If you are looking for hot chocolates though, they are all in the same area, but the one that most of the locals will probably send you to is historic Maiasmokk Cafe. Maiasmokk is the oldest café in Tallinn. Our guide for Food Estonia told us it had not changed a bit since he started coming here as a child with his grandmother. I’m guessing [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:03+00:00April 18th, 2016|Estonia, EUROPE, Tallinn|

The Old Market Hall and a Hot Chocolate at Petris Chocolate, Helsinki, Finland

It’s Father’s Day in Australia and in recognition of this Rich, who is Australian, has decided to go full into the bad dad jokes. As a new dad, I sense he has been waiting years for the opportunity to share these and all those pent up bad jokes are being released at once. Being in Finland one particular joke got a lot of use, too much use. An empty cup of coffee became a Finnish coffee (get it, finished=Finnish..yeah) a finished sandwich became a Finnish sandwich and a finished hot chocolate became, yes, a Finnish hot chocolate. The first few [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:03+00:00April 14th, 2016|EUROPE, Finland, Helsinki|

Fantastic Oatmeal and Hot Chocolate at Cafe Kuppi, Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is a beautiful city. It is grand yet quaint and charming. The buildings are classic yet they have pops of colours with hints of red, yellows and greens. Big sidewalks give priority to pedestrians, and the people are no-nonsense yet extremely friendly. Here there is no need to rush and it is remarkably easy to walk for hours as every street presents something new and unique. One of the hidden jewels right near the downtown is called Café Kuppi ja Muffini. We would have never thought of stopping here if it hadn’t been for Heather as it was part [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:03+00:00April 6th, 2016|EUROPE, Finland, Helsinki|

The Design District and a Hot Chocolate at Moko Café and Market, Helsinki, Finland

This week is Design Week in Helsinki, and it must be the best week to be in Helsinki (obviously it has taken me a while to post this blog. Just had so many hot chocolates on this trip. Sorry! But there is an open call right now for participants for the 2016 Design Week so perhaps the timing is perfect). Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. It is a [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:03+00:00April 3rd, 2016|EUROPE, Finland, Helsinki|

Hot Chocolate at Karl Fazer, Helsinki, Finland

Karl Fazer was born in Helsinki and studied baking around Europe before opening his own place in 1891. Apart from making candy and chocolate that has become part of the Finnish national identity, he also participated in the 1912 Olympic Games, finishing fifth in the men’s team clay pigeons as a sport shooter. Today when people in Helsinki think chocolate, they think Karl Frazer, and his little pieces of chocolate wrapped in blue paper are both famous and addictive. The store in central Helsinki is a sweet wonderland. They have a large section at the back that serves a breakfast [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:03+00:00March 31st, 2016|EUROPE, Finland, Helsinki|

A Walk Around the Botanical Gardens and a Hot Chocolate at Kaffebrenneriet, Oslo, Norway

Kaffebrenneriet may be a popular chain found all around the city of Oslo, but it is a really good one. We picked their location in Gronlandsleiret as our second home and went repeatedly - I highly recommend that you do as well. It may be a little bit off the beaten path but it is worth the short trip. This is not just a branch of the popular café but also the headquarters for the company which was started in 1994. Originally from San Francisco, owner Thomas had recently arrived in Oslo and was looking for a good place to [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:03+00:00March 29th, 2016|EUROPE, Norway, Oslo|

A Walk Around Trendy Grunerlokka and a Hot Chocolate at Stockfleths, Oslo, Norway

There are a few popular coffee chains in Oslo. One that you see quite a bit is Stockfleths and luckily for us there was one right across the street from where we stayed. The company has a long and rich history. Started in 1895, the company is really focused on high quality sourcing of coffee and tea and provide training and equipment for those who want to learn more about coffee and being a barista. They had great oatmeal, incredible pastries (they had a cinnamon roll type pastry that was just delicious), I had heard that they had a good [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:03+00:00March 21st, 2016|EUROPE, Norway, Oslo|
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