Casual cafe serving vegetarian and vegan lunch plates on weekdays 11am-4pm. Est. since mid-2000s. Open Mon-Fri 11:00-16:00. Closed entire July month.

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42 Reviews

First Review by Stevie


Points +132

18 Sep 2023

Finally cannelloni!

I went there for lunch during the week. It's super central, the decor is cute and the staff friendly and polite.
The lunch deal was completely vegan (please ask) and was 13 € including water and delicious bread. There were also other combinations for different prices.
I had been waiting for so long to have vegan cannelloni and they were amazing. The veggies stew was made with wine I think and reminded me of my great aunt's. Yummy!!

Pros: Simple food, Friendliness

Cons: Limited outdoor seating



Points +528

Mostly Veg
06 Sep 2023

What a treat

When you’re in the center and hungry around lunchtime - just go there already!! Just casual feel good vegetarian food, generous portions and a neighborhood vibe. Seems to be a lunchtime spot for nearby workers, I would be going there too ((;

Lunchtime menu was 12,7


Points +21

Mostly Veg
01 Sep 2023

Cozy little lunch place

Vegetarian food in cozy old fashioned athmosphere. Very nice service, regular lunch spot to locals who work in neighborhood.

Pros: Friendly and kind-hearted people working there, Easy going basic vegetarian lunch, Interior is cozy with old furniture


Points +661

11 Aug 2023

Very old school

Old school vegetarian food from the era when there were no fancy vegan sausages, beyond burgers and what have you nowadays. The grated veg patty (ie. "raastepihvi") was good in its own right as well.


Points +262

19 May 2023

Vegan Options. Just Ask.

The owner or manager was extremely gracious and helpful as our guide

Updated from previous review on 2023-05-19

Pros: Many choices, Vegan options, Quaint


Points +312

17 May 2023

So fresh and delicious

Home cooked goodness! Fresh herbs and Whole Foods. Yum


Points +12725

15 Oct 2022

Classy place

The food here is very good and healthy; one of my "go-to" places in Helsinki


Points +44

10 Aug 2022


The stuff is very friendly, good service and the food is delicious.

Pros: Leckeres Essen, gutes Personal


Points +764

09 Aug 2022

Very good for quick lunch

We came here for a quick lunch date and loved this place. Food is very fresh and tasty just like it‘s made by mom at home😄They always offer a vegan option on their lunch menu so you can easily „veganize“ their vegetarian lunch.


Points +18

07 Mar 2022

Delicious homemade food!

Really cosy and lovely cafe where you can find the vegetarian menu of the day, today was fully vegan 💘. Really good quality and price!! I loved it.


Points +100

16 Jun 2020

Wonderful food and staff

I love this place, the food is always great the dessert are amazing and the staff is lovely!


Points +34

25 Oct 2019

Perfect, healthy food

A very nice vegetarian italian style restaurant with vegan options. Very friendly staff. Very good and healthy plant based food of high quality without to much oil. It's like homemade.

Pros: Halthy whole foods, Not to much oil, In the city centre

Cons: -


Points +7367

07 Aug 2019

Cozy and warm

This place has a very special, home atmosphere. The food is homemade, healthy and very tasty. The price is reasonable, too.

The only downside is that is not fully vegan.

Updated from previous review on 2019-08-04

Pros: homemade food, price

Cons: limited vegan options


Points +32

06 Jun 2019

Отличный вкусный ресторанчик

Очень вкусный обед за 12,5 евро, что в этих краях весьма бюджетно. Приветливый персонал.

Pros: Вкусно, большая порция


Points +68

04 Jun 2019

Local favorite

Home made like cuisine. The staff is super friendly. I’d say the price valuation here is closer to $/$$$!

Pros: Healthy size dishes, Vegan option usually available, You can ask for seconds!


Points +47

03 Jun 2019

Great food

Friendly staff who translated the Finnish menu of the day for us. Easy to get vegan option, price is good and food was amazing.

Pros: Vegan option and friendly staff


Points +47

10 May 2019

Excellent lunch

Great food. We had the set lunch for 10.50 euro. The quality was good and you could choose how much you wanted.
Very busy by 1200. Seems lunch starts early in Helsinki.


Points +146

03 May 2018

Healthy, balanced meal

I go to zucchini when I want a healthy, balanced vegan lunch. Usually the food is made with cheese on top or something like that, but there is always a vegan option (usually without cheese but with for example tofu instead). Orders are made at the counter. Not top notch gourmet but simple healthy food in a home-made style. The place is very busy.

Pros: healthy, balanced vegan, always a vegan option

Cons: busy


Points +33

02 Jan 2018

Good choice for lunch!

I often have my lunch here since they serve good quality food with a good location. They are serving one lunch option w/salad and an optional soup per day with a vegan meal always available. Also cakes, coffee and wine. No trendy smoothie/salad place but a decent meal!
Price around 10€ which is almost a bargain for the location.

Pros: Tasty meals, Excellent service, Decent portions (you can ask for more)

Cons: Only open for lunch


Points +366

15 Sep 2017

Fair price for a good meal

We were lucky and everything was vegan on that day. The portions were large and the food is good. Nothing too special though, and as it's cantina style, nothing is actually freshly prepared.

Pros: Fair price , Nice staff , Cozy atmosphere

Cons: Cantina style


Points +205

31 Aug 2017

Great veggie cantine

Zucchini is located near the Esplanade in the heart of Helsinki.
It's a small-medium size restaurant, where you would often end up sharing a table with total strangers, but that's part of spirit of the place!
There is usually a daily lunch deal that consists in a big plate full of veggies (around 10€, which is quite decent considering the prices in the city). It tastes amazing,
It's definitely not your romantic hideout, but it's warm, good, healthy.
Staff is very nice.
There are not that many veggie options in Helsinki besides burgers & "junk food", and this place is highly recommended!

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-31

Pros: Taste, Location, Price

Cons: You can have to share a table


Points +132

20 Jun 2017

Great place

I have eaten at Zucchini many times and every time the food was delicious! I especially appreciate how they manage to make even simple dishes (like macaroni casserole) taste really good just by seasoning them well. The staff is friendly and efficient, and their prices are very reasonable. Portions are quite large and always include some salad as well. Ask for the vegan option (they always have one), if the lunch of the day is not vegan. The only downside is that it’s a very small but hugely popular space so maybe try to come before 11.45 or after 12.45.

Updated from previous review on 2017-06-20

Pros: delicious food, friendly staff, good concept

Cons: gets easily crowded due to the small space


Points +240

12 Sep 2016

tasty food and friendly staff!

I love this kind of concept, they have a menu of the day, no menú. The good thing about this is that you'll have a great price and all the food is very fresh, very tasty!
Will come back! Apart from that, all the staff is very kind and the restaurant super cozy

Pros: great food, friendly staff


Points +98

16 Aug 2016

Excellent food - Big portions

This is a "canteen-style" restaurant. You come in, pick up a tray, and tell them what food you want. They serve you, you pay, and you eat. I think they have one starter and one main dish every day, at least for lunch. It's 12€ for both. I had the soup and green curry today, and both were by default vegan and really excellent. Also the portions are huge, and are very nutritionally complete with healthy carbs, a ton of cooked vegetables, and also raw vegetables with the side salad. It's very close to the center also, so I will definitely go back next time I'm erring in the center. The place was absolutely packed, and the staff was very friendly. Overall, highly recommended! :)

Pros: All the mains seem to be by default vegan. Friendl

Cons: Nothing.


Points +132

15 Aug 2016

good vegan meal

Had soup and the main lunch and it was good. With the main course comes also a little bit of salad. Everyday a changing menu. Very friendly staff who explains everything for everyone over and over again. Go check it out!


Points +60

11 Aug 2016

Amazing food, staff, atmosphere

Make sure to stop by here for a wonderful and filling vegan meal for around €12!


Points +21

16 Mar 2016

Amazing food

I went there for a lunch with a friend while ago. The food was absolutely amazing and had so much flavor to it. The portion sizes are qenuine. As a rather small eater I had to ask to give me a smaller portion and even they mentioned that I could come to ask more if I was still hungry.
The servers were super friendly too and I would recommend anyone going there!

Pros: Food was amazing, Geruine portion sizes, Friendly service

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