• Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 9 reviews )

Mannerheimintie 3 B, Helsinki, Finland

Serves meat, vegan options available. A student restaurant, but there are vegetarian and vegan dishes every day. Has multiple locations. Open Mon-Fri 10:30am-7:00pm, Sat 11:30am-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Buffet, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by luvs2travel

Student Restaurant but anyone can eat there - Edit

There are many unicafes throughout Finland. They always have at least a vegetarian option, and the bigger ones always have a vegan option. The food is cheap especially for students. They also have fair trade coffee, hot chocolate, and teas. They also take nutrition into account when planning the meals.

Updated from previous review on 2017-05-16

Pros: Cheap, Nutritious, Ethical

Cons: Quality could be better

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depends on which unicafe you go - Edit

when it comes to the quality of food at unicafe, I'd say it really depends on which unicafe you go to.
I'd say at all of them you'll get decent food, usually one vegan dish per day, but don't expect too much. however, there are some that offer an additional salad bar, where you can fill a big bowl with different veggies and take a glass of tofu or seitan with it. those are for instance the main unicafe in the center or then one called "olivia" close to hakaniemi.
in any case there are many different unicafes all over the city and I'd recommend checking the unicafe page to see where what is served (including the opening hours) :)

Pros: at least one vegan option, cheapish, can be actu

Cons: quality and taste experience depends on where you

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Always vegan option - Edit

Very cheap and food is okay if u think price. They also have self made hummus or other paste for bread. Lunch 2,6€ and coffee 0,90€. They also have sometimes cake etc. what is vegan. If I dont have lots a money and Im in hurry I always go hear. Food is very basic, no fast food like many other veggie restaurants.

This is much better than Fazer amica!!!!

Pros: Cheap, Vegan option always, atmosphere is nice

Cons: Too much people

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Cheap but not that exceptional - Edit

If you are a student in Helsinki you can eat at Unicafé quite cheap. Just 2,60€ for main dish, salad, bread and drink.
There are several "restaurants" where you can get the food provided by Unicafé, also in Espoo and Vantaa. Check out the website www.unicafe.fi to get the daily menu in the single locations.
If you like legumes, that this is the right choice for you. But if you expect that the dish called "vegetable temptation" is full of temptation, you will be disappointed. Proper food to stuff yourself, but nothing for gourmets.

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Casual food for good price, serves everyone - Edit

Not only students but also the big public can go there and eat. You can check the daily menu's online and choose from many locations. Vegan options are clearly marked and available in many of their outlets. You can have a nice peek into Finnish student life and see how they are pampered compared to many other countries. Not junk food but healthy casual food for good price.
You order the portion from the counter and pay for it. After that you can take as much salad and bread as you want. There are also vegan spreads available.
They serve you in English as well.

Pros: daily menu's online , many locations , good prices

Cons: no gourmet options

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If you like "industrial" food - Edit

Cheap price, for students real cheap and for others little cheaper than normal, but not really proper restaurant. If food is just energy go here, if you want to enjoy your food go some other place.

Pros: cheap

Cons: industrial food

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Some tips - Edit

http://www.unicafe.fi/en Here you can find the menu of the day in English and addresses of all the unicafe restaurants.

During summers most of the Unicafes are closed but in the city center Unicafes called 'Ylioppilasaukio' and 'Porthania' are open. Ylioppilasaukio is the only unicafe open on saturdays.

And the price: 5,65€ for lunch. Not too bad in Helsinki.

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More on unicafe - Edit

Note they also label what is vegan and there are many throughout Helsinki.

Good food, easy on the budget.

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Cara Cara 25 Oct 2009 - OH - and if you are having trouble finding one you can check on this website for locations http://www.unicafe.fi/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=95&Itemid=81 they are near/in the university buildings.  

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A good value in an expensive city - Edit

We ate lunch only once here. We had the vegan tofu and vegetable casserole, and it was really good. The place has a cafeteria-style set up and appeals to lots of college students. You have to bus your own dishes when done. Even though Helsinki is rather compact, if you have trouble finding Unicafe on a map of the city, ask one of the many tourist helpers for assistance.

Pros: great food, good value

Cons: limited hours, can be hard to find

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