• BLOG
  • Best Vegan Café & Lunch in Rovaniemi – WOODSS

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    One of the funniest things about winter in Lapland is how quiet the nature is, for many months. No birds or other animals – all sleeping or escaped to the south to sip drinks by the pool – and all the sounds softened or fully muted by the snow and cold. In the winter, you also can’t smell the nature. It’s all frozen and sleeping under the thick and fluffy layers of snow and ice.  And when the spring finally arrives… Just wow, all the smells and sounds, in good and bad.

    The past years I have found myself smelling the nature and hearing the birds even middle of the winter, by escaping to Switzerland. And luckily – for the ones without a basecamp in Switzerland – nowadays in Lapland you can also just escape to the new vegan café in the middle of Rovaniemi. For the sounds and a bit of the smell too, thanks to the soundtrack and the plants in the café. Oh, and especially escape here for the taste of nature.

    If and when you are traveling to Rovaniemi or past it, and looking for a good vegan café or just generally a good café, and the feeling of being in the forest when it’s not all frozen, go check WOODSS in the Lordi’s Square, right in the city centre.

    Recently opened cafe serves vegan pastries including delicious raw cakes, coffee drinks made with oat and soy milk, good selection of loose leaf tea, the it drink of today aka the Kerkkä Latte (spruce sprout latte), lunch and toasts and smoothies.  many with natural and local ingredients by Arctic Warriors.

    Yes, it’s very green, it’s very hipster and very vegan. Nevertheless I would say a visit here wouldn’t be a bad idea for a basic eater either. And on top of it all, it’s also an excellent place for little work and studies; either in the café side or in the quiet working corner (left from the counter).


    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Where: WOODSS, Koskikatu 14-16, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

  • Bern
  • Sunday Breather – Velo Cafe Interlaken

    Tiina Kivelä

    Took a little breather and went to Interlaken for a long weekend getaway.

    Nah, who am I kidding. I had some things to do and sort out over there, so rather than a good breather, it was a hustle kinda break, including a bit of a disastrous bike transport across half the country and lots of rain. Nevertheless, past Sunday was more than relaxed in there, thanks to a beach hangout and Sunday afternoon coffee in the newest (and long waited) café in town, Velo Cafe Interlaken.

    Open every day (9am to 10pm), serving excellent coffee and drinks and homemade cakes (when a carrot cake is named rabbit cake I’m more than sold), having fixie on the wall and a nice little terrace – not to forget the overall looks seen in the pics – the café has very high hipster vibes. Sometimes though, hipster – or may I say well thought – is more than a good reason to love madly.

    Thanks for the coffee! Someday, I’ll be back for the after ride drink(s).

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Velo Cafe, Unionsgasse 10, Interlaken (map)

     

     

  • BLOG
  • Welcome Home – Tervetuloa Kotiin

    Tiina Kivelä

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    This week I was Home for two nights. In other words, I stayed few nights at Hostel Cafe Koti in Rovaniemi. Fun fact: almost exactly 9 years ago I moved into a house just 50m from here. Back then, this Hostel building was a bank, and on the other side of the street, where’s now an construction site for a new apartment complex, was the coolest rock club in town, “Tivoli”. During those 9 years we’ve all gone through some major transformations indeed and except Tivoli (RIP) I think we’ve all changed to better.

    Nowadays, in Koti, a sign behind the bar says “welcome home” and I have to say I really felt like home in here. For me, it’s not just the familiarity of the town I’ve lived in for 5 years. It’s also the mix of languages, other travelers, the stylish contemporary design which still has something left of the good old days. Moreover, the staff is awesome and entrepreneurs young and innovative, so why not to love this and feel home? I chose the private twin room, since it was a work stop for me (and since I still haven’t found a flat from this town) but for the more social travelers  on tighter budget I can also recommend the dormitories, which offer both mixed and only women/men rooms.

    THERE’S SAUNA TOO

    When in Lapland, of course a hostel has Sauna too.  Koti’s sauna is warm every evening and open for every guest without extra charges (times: women 19-20, men 20-21).  From the top floor you may also find a roof terrace called Mökki (Cabin) with wooden hot tub, bar and special events like dance lessons, live music, outdoor cinema, yoga and flea markets.

    Hostel is stylish and has a very young contemporary, even a bit hipster feeling, but don’t let it scare you, older guests like the place too and the café and terrace attracts both locals and tourists. I’d give five starts for the whole experience and if you are interested, click here for details and book your stay directly (direct booking saves you some money). I got some discount for this mention, but let me tell you I’d pay the full price anytime. So much I like feeling home away from home.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    FI: Hetki Kotona. Osoitteessa Hostel Café Koti, Valtakatu 21, 96200 Rovaniemi