Café Majurska: a place which I didn’t want to leave. Old furniture, many handicrafts and yummy cakes and pastries make you feel like visiting your grandma.
When I traveled to Lappeenrante, which is situated in South Karelia next to the Russian border in south-east Finland, the weather was awful. It was constantly raining, I felt depressed about the grey sky and I felt a bit homesick, too. But then I discovered the Café Majurska (Kahvila Majurska in Finnish) and this made my day. The café is located at the fortress Linnoitus next to the port of Lappeenranta.
Lappeenranta lies on the shore of the Lake Saimaa, the biggest lake of Finland. In times of the military use of the fortress the rooms, which house the café today, had been a club for officers. But nowadays it is a wonderful and cosy place to stay for a while.
When you enter the café you are overwhelmed by the warm atmosphere and you will definitely feel like being at home or at your grandma’s home. The three rooms and the terrace are stuffed with different old furniture and the walls are full with old pictures and handicraft items.
You can choose cakes, pastries, quiches and sweets from the buffet where you also find a samovar standing. The prices are reasonable in accordance to the Finnish price level (e.g. Green Tea 2€, cocoa with cream 2,50€). Next to the café rooms, there are also several small shops which sell nice Finnish handicrafts.
Opening hours summertime:
Mon – Sat: 10 – 19
Sun: 11 – 19
Opening hours wintertime:
Mon – Fri: 10 – 17
Sat: 10 – 16
Sun: 11 – 17