SCANDINAVIAN FIKA BARS
2030 Dundas Street West
Norra Storgatan 16, 252, 20
FIKA LONDON @FIKALONDON
161 Brick Lane,
London, United Kingdom
Ryesgade 118, 2100
København Ø, Denmark
Photo Credits: @lekerbaer
Crisp white walls, traditional baked goods and some 60's soul. All of these things are what you will encounter at Kaffebar, located in the Trendy Junction area of Toronto. Roasting Pilot Coffee and seasonal drinks upon the warmer weathers, including coffee slushies, affogato and iced tea.
Kim Samuelsen, the owner showcases her Norwegian roots through this minimalistic, charming coffee bar in the heart of Toronto's junction.
"Coming from Scandinavian heritage I wanted the place to represent my version of coffee culture. Kaffebar is the Norwegian word for coffee shop and I wanted the name to influence the traditional fika culture. You will also find many cardamom-based treats and desserts such as cinnamon buns, skolebrød, meringue cake and lemon poppyseed loafs."
A must see when you are in Toronto. Come with friends and split a tea or cookie over a latte, americano or a staple shot of espresso.
Kaffebar have also hosted a handful of speakeasy's titled Sacred Oak. These events feature an array of in-house made bitters, syrups and infusions.
Weekends have a light feel to them when A great cup of java, roasted in the back of the Helsingborg flagship store.
Owners Anne Lunell and Charles Nystrand founded the shop after winning the Swedish Barista Championship back to back in 2006 and 2007. With beans sourced from the likes of Colombia and Costa Rica and continue to practice and work with quality productions.
“We have been up and running for 8 years. The process of buying coffee is easier now compared to when we started. We are looking for unique and complex coffees that showcase the absolute best of their origin," says Anne.
Check out Koppi's website for their web shop and if Anne or Charles will be popping up for a cupping in your city.
Not your traditional white Scandinavian minimalism, Fika London gives a new twist to the coffee and catch up phrase. Nestled in the eclectic streets of Brick Lane in Shoreditch, London guests will experience the dark rooms, animated images and a rooftop terrace filled with coloured pillows and trees.
Come for lunch, and/or brunch and taste one of the traditional twisted dished such as Lingonberry chicken, and pulled ox cheek. Or come with friends and enjoy a mix of coffee and wine
Embracing the Swedish culture, Fika London even features special menus during the holiday season. This includes events like the Crayfish Party Menu in August. They even host social events such as Speed Fika in February and mini craft and design markets.
The Fika London Mantra:
"Having a ‘fika’ is good for you.whether you’re bored or over stimulated, busy or twiddling your thumbs – it’s good to remove yourself from your everyday routine to relax, unwind, catch up with friends and be re-inspired."
Leckerbaer (meaning a shop that only sells cakes and sweets) is a charming little pastry shop situated in the Østerbro district of Copenhagen. Here you can find mouth watering butter cookies, desserts, cream puffs, brownies, blondies, cookies and small treats (to name a few). All these options and more to pair with your necessary cup of java.
The shop was founded by Michelin chefs Jakob Mogensen and Gabi Bär Mogensen. Jackob and Gabi met in Spain in 2007, and eventually settled in Copenhagen and opened the delicious shop.
There is even an option to purchase Leckerbaer's products as a take away or even"dough to go”. This allows you to bake the biscuits at home for special occasions or, whenever you feel like a buttery cookie (always).
"Every day there are eight cookies in the counter, each with their own history, taste and appearance. The cookie menu changes according to season, and cookies can be enjoyed as a sweet treat with your coffee or as petit fours after a dinner party."