The Calming Walk towards the Perfect Doughnut

The Calming Walk towards the Perfect Doughnut

While taking part in a conference in Tampere, you might have a few hours of free time. Would you like to take a little walk and enjoy a cup of coffee? I then recommend you turn your steps towards the Pyynikki Ridge (Pyynikin harju in Finnish)!

The beautiful Pyynikki Natural Park

The Pyynikki Natural Park area is just 25 minutes by foot (1,7 km) from the central square. It is a high ridge, which was formed during the ice age. The Pyynikki area is a popular forest park between Lake Näsijärvi and Lake Pyhäjärvi. Visitors and citizens of Tampere alike enjoy the scenery and stroll along the paths there.

Pyynikin Munkkikahvila
There is a famous cafe and an observation tower at the very top of the Pyynikki ridge.

Enjoy the best doughnuts

On top of the ridge, there is an old observation tower with a cafe, that serves probably the best doughnuts (munkki in Finnish) in the world. The cafe is called Pyynikin Munkkikahvila. You can find your way there by typing that name onto Google Maps. I also recommend, that you go up to the top of the observation tower. The view is stunning.

At the Pyynikki park there are walking paths for those who want an easy stroll as well for those who want to challenge themselves a bit. The views are calm and green.

Take a video peek into the cafe

Students at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences did a video shoot at the cafe Pyynikin Munkkikahvila. This video gives you an idea about the atmosphere and the home-like service. The cafe is open daily from 9 a.m. until 8 in the evening. But beware, the 1st of May, (Vappu in Finnish) is a sort of a national doughnut day, when everyone enjoys lots of doughnuts. The line into the cafe can be quite long then!





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