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Ekberg’s shop gets a facelift

27.3.2018 Text: Violetta Teetor, freelance journalist Photos: Ekberg
Cafe Ekberg Shop Helsinki

In spite of public resistance to change, the Ekberg family have gone ahead with a renovation of the shop next door to their famous café.

The black and white tile floors by Villeroy & Boch from 1915 are the same, chips and all, and lots of the original features have not been discarded. That it’s brighter and more modern has not detracted from the charm it has always had.

On the list you’ll find the flagship products. Champagne Corks, actually rum flavoured, are carefully positioned in the window, as are their famous breads on the shelves. Napoleons are in the new vitrines right next to gorgeously decorated cakes and pastries.

What makes Ekberg unique is that everything is homemade and literally so, made on the premises. They also have a tendency to listen to their customers who point the way to items or services they might like. A one-stop-shop is a case in point. Buying your breakfast loaf without the convenience of adding a cucumber or tomato and some cold cuts to the mix, would mean an extra trip somewhere else. Now, it’s all there.

High quality olive oil and some basil and thyme salt can spruce up what might ordinarily be a fairly plain repast. Salads and ready-made foods are expertly packed in take-away quantities but there’s also a moment to reflect while sipping on a cuppa staring out the large windows watching the pedestrians and cars going about their business.

It’s refreshing to know that the world has not yet been taken over by the giant chains with their generic products, that there’s still a personal element in the everyday goods we consume. Best of all, there’s a friendly face behind the counter who politely enquires, “Good morning, can I help you?”

Ekberg Shop is open Mondays to Fridays from 7.30 am until 6 pm, on Saturdays from 8.30 am until 4 pm

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