The beautiful Art Nouveau style Kappeli was established in Esplanadi Park in 1867.
In the 1880s the restaurant became a meeting place for poets and musicians. The most famous tale from this time has it that a rather large group of Finnish artists – Aho, Jarnefelt, Leino, Sebelius and Gallen-Kallela, among others, were gathered in the usual way at Kappeli when Jean Sebelius – Finland’s great composer – was required to leave for Stockholm for a couple of days to complete a musical composition.
When he finally returned from his journey the very same group was still sitting together at Kappeli. One of the artists blurted out ” Listen here Jean, either you stay outside or you stay inside, but stop coming in and out all the time.”
There is a good bistro, bar area and fine dining.
I ordered salmon, it is always a favourite in Finland.
I have also enjoyed very good meals at the bistro.
The restaurant is delightfully cosy in winter and has outdoor dining in summer.