Helsinki, Finland • fazer.com
As a chocolate lover, one of my favorite places so far in Finland is this wonderful place called the Karl Fazer Cafe. Fazer is one of Finland’s largest chocolate companies, similar to Belguim’s Godiva or America’s Ghirardelli. It was founded by Karl Fazer in 1891 when he opened a cafe in Helsinki. Today Fazer has almost 1,400 restaurants in 7 countries and their products are sold to 27 countries. Their flagship store, right off the Esplanade Park in downtown Helsinki, is fantastic. Complete with Fazer’s famous hot chocolate, a large selection of desserts, ice cream, and all different kinds of Fazer chocolate, it is like a dessert-aholic’s cafe dream come true!