When walking along the cobblestone streets of Old Rauma, you’ll want to sit down for a nice cup of coffee. Welcome to the most authentic coffee shop town!
Even if I wandered the cobblestone streets of Old Rauma every single day, its’ narrow side alleys and hidden courtyards would still keep surprising me. I have lived in Rauma for over ten years, and yet I keep finding new exciting details that I have never seen before. Whether it’s a lace decoration hanging on the window of an old wooden house or a secret path disappearing behind the corner. It can be a rustic gate with a plaque whose letters I still can’t spell out.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a local or a random visitor. Old Rauma always knows how to welcome you. And it does it well, in its own unique way, every single day. Never, and I mean never, step on the cobblestone streets of our old town without a camera. That’s the most precious tip I can give you.
And it doesn’t matter whether you’re a local or a random visitor, when walking along the cobblestone streets of Old Rauma you will eventually fancy a hot cup of coffee or a steaming mug of tea. And when you decide to have a coffee break I doubt you’d choose just any café you come across.
I bet you’d like to go to a coffee shop that is welcoming you with the smell of freshly-baked Finnish sugar doughnut called munkki and the atmosphere so authentic that you can hear the thousands of stories of the old town echoing through the doors and window frames. You want to go where the tables are decorated with lace and surrounded by stools a little bit rickety because so they should be in an old town like this.
And that is why I want to take you to a coffee shop just like described above, to a café where the old town can be felt. Today I will take you there with photos, but if you ever come for a visit, this is where I would take you for real! And so I have done, many many times.
It’s important that you understand why I am telling you about this atmospheric coffee shop. We have many wonderful cafés in town, and each of them is unique in its own way. But this specific café, kaffebar as we would say here in Rauma, is the place to enjoy your steaming cup of coffee or tea when you don’t want to lose the gentle touch and beauty of Old Rauma for a second during your visit. I’m telling you this because I want my coffee as I want my town.
And that is why I want to take you to my favourite coffee shop in town, to Wanhan Rauman KaffeBar. Today I was brave and tried something completely new to me. Something completely different. Chocolate chai tea.
As much as I love wandering the cobblestone streets of the old town of Rauma, I want to feel its’ warm breath on my skin. I want to smell the history and I want to hear all the secrets only the old wooden houses can tell. I want to play with the beautiful lace decoration because as important as Rauma lace is to this town, I would never be able to make it myself.
And to be honest, I don’t have lace curtains or linens of lace. I want to see Rauma lace where it belongs, in these historic wooden buildings, in the coffee shops they house. In places where I can sit down and rest with an aromatic cup of fresh coffee or a mug filled with steaming chocolate flavoured tea that warms me up so nicely on a chilly winter day.