Gillet Bar & Bistro


Gillet Bar & Bistro, Helsinki

Ravintolakolmio Group


500 sq m, 206 covers

Restaurant concept design, conceptual interior design, refit project design and implementation, advertising fixture design

Top 3

  • Stunning bar located in internal glazed courtyard
  • Stylish and laid-back blend of different moods
  • Perfect for visiting solo, on a date or with a large group

Project team

  • Amerikka team: Teemu Nojonen, Jussi Salmivuori, Taija Maunu, Arno Puukko, Laura Lampo, Topi Vallarén and Heli Siren
  • Ravintolakolmio (client)
  • N2 (graphic design)
  • Photography: Kati Laszka


To coincide with the wider refurbishment at Kasarminkatu 23, the client wanted to replace the legendary Helsinki eatery Cantina West with a restaurant that would offer a more of-the-moment dining experience and have the makings of a new classic. At the heart of the business plan was the desire to create a space capable of hosting everything from lunches to formal special occasions.

Ravintola Gillet
Gillet Bar & Bistro

Several stylish yet laid back venues in one

The Gillet Bar & Bistro comprises a series of spaces, each with their own distinctive lighting, decor and feel, making it the ideal choice for almost any happy occasion. Food is served throughout the restaurant and the dishes are wonderfully complemented by Gillet’s excellent drinks menu. As with all other aspects of the design, the menu has been created with social dining in mind. The courtyard winter garden is the perfect spot for socialising – with high ceilings, lush greenery and a vast bar, it is a visually striking space. The bar serves classic cocktails alongside a choice of mocktails with flavours drawn directly from Nordic nature.

The venue offers the perfect setting for a quick drink or a longer stay, with a variety of spaces on offer to suit your vibe. The Can Can dining room is an Art Deco delight, while Tempero offers plenty of rustic charm and Central American flair.

The process

The team at Amerikka were responsible for the restaurant and interior design concept and project and design management for Gillet Bar & Bistro. We were also involved in ensuring that the project ran seamlessly with other building work within the property and coordinated all work on the advertising displays at the front of the building, including managing the permit application process.

Gillet Bar & Bistro
Gillet Bar & Bistro

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