Cargo Coffee and Kitchen

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Ruoholahdenranta 8, Helsinki, Finland

Coffee cafe built out of shipping containers with a terrace on top. Offers soup lunch on weekdays 10am-2pm with two options of which one is always vegan and gluten-free. Has vegan a la carte options. Everything is lactose free. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-10:00pm, Sat 10:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-4:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Beer/Wine, Take-out, European, Finnish

11 Reviews

First Review by rville

Great food, nice staff - Edit

We came here once for lunch and once for dinner and always got very good food and the staff is very friendly. The glutenfree Spaghetti were the best!

Pros: Modern, Tasty, Cozy atmosphere

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Great find - Edit

I found the description of the restaurant very interesting and it made me curious. I was pleasantly surprised how something simple like a container can be converted to into something trendy and efficient. In true Scandinavian style every corner was used to its maximum. They even have a roof terrace, a fair amount of high chairs for children and a restroom adequate for disabled people not forgetting the baby changing facility. All dished are vegan. Soup of the day is served as self service once your order is placed, in the center of the restaurant. An assortment of things you might want to add to your soup is placed right next to it.
You can help yourself to gluten free bread and the complementary water. I had a delicious sweet potato dish accompanied by a lovely salad. Not forgetting the lovely cake.
The place was buzzing and I now why it is so popular. Friendly staff, free wifi and a lovely seating area not just inside but also outside weather permitting.

Pros: Free wifi, disabled toilet , Baby highchairs

Cons: Can become very crowded when the outside space can

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Vegan breakfast! - Edit

The vegan breakfast was top notch, came with a fresh pressed juice and coffee. Excellent homemade hummus was great too!

Pros: Food, Price

Cons: Nothing!

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Good food and drink, open late! - Edit

Food and drink are of good quality. Nice place to have a quiet drink or a meal. Good for young families as well. Bonus is slightly late opening times - suits the slightly less organised individual....

Pros: Good food, Good drink selection, Later opening hours

Cons: Moderately pricey

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Lovely food & wine in a container restaurant - Edit

Great vegan selection and almost everything else is possible to make vegan. Lovely shiitake noodles and risotto.

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Best vegan lunch in Helsinki! - Edit

My favourite place to have lunch in Helsinki. Soup and the side dishes have always been delicious and nutritious.

Pros: lovely place, good vegan lunch, nice staff

Cons: far from the center

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Could be better - Edit

There are two cargos. The main one, and a second smaller branch in Mikonkatu. I only went once to the main one for breakfast. The breakfast plate was 15€, and was small for its price. It had a half avocado, three thin slices of tofu, a toast with hummus, and a salad leaf. Then on the side was a oat yoghurt with nuts and blueberries, a smoothie, and a coffee. In terms of food combining it's not great, a lot of liquid with big smoothie and coffee and yoghurt, mixed with solid foods (tofu, bread, avocado, hummus). Also sugar, caffeine, and non-sweet foods don't usually go well together. I would have happily gone without the coffee and yoghurt for example. It really depends on what the client wants, but there should be the possibility to choose. 15€ was too much for what it was, although there were many different things included, I was hungry again only two hours later. I would have prefered more GF toasts, more hummus, more salad leaves, more tofu, and perhaps some other dips. I believe their à-la-carte is very good though. The Mikonkatu branch offers salads and non-GF sandwiches and wraps along with smoothies. A salad is 11€, but I think 10€ would be a fairer price. And it's very hard to eat it in take-away because the salad isn't already mixed, it's layered, and it's impossible to mix it without the salad falling out, as the container is cylindrical. So it's best to eat on the spot or at home on a normal plate, unless you wanna eat your salad layered. Their sandwiches are good, but I wish they were gluten-free.

Pros: More options in main cargo than Mikonkatu branch.

Cons: On the pricy side.

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Nice terrace - Edit

Nice place with lots of vegan options & great terrace. The only downside is that the place is quite expensive.

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super convenient in the evening - Edit

It was great to find this place using HappyCow late in the evening after a concert and feeling hungry. Staff was super friendly and the food was great although there were not so many options to choose from. I had a seat on the outside on top of the "cargo container" and although there is a busy road nearby I found the atmosphere OK with a view to the harbour and small parklike area.

Pros: opening hours, friendly staff, good food

Cons: traffic, slightly expensive to my taste

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getting better all the time - Edit

Cargo now has almost all the items on the menu either vegan or veganizeable. Vegan burger with sides was good, as was the risotto. Breakfast was probably the best I've had in any restaurant. They use a lot of herbs and local plants in the meals, which to me is a big bonus - so many untasted flavours in the world (and Finland)! Staff is cheerful and easy to talk to. Highly recommended!

Pros: + lots of tasty vegan options, whether it's breakf, + nice staff

Cons: + maybe few of the meals are a bit on the expensiv

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nice and quiet - Edit

Every day there are two soups for lunch. One with animal products and one is marked with a 'v' standing for vegetarian or vegan. Just ask to make sure. Breakfast is also available for vegans though I didn't try it. The cafe is very quiet and the staff was friendly. The food was delicious and costs around 9€.

Pros: quiet, reasonable price, friendly staff

Cons:

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