But first coffee…
In London, we love a cup of the hot stuff. But we have noticed that too many of us are rushing around with a cardboard-cupped coffee, hastily sipping on public transport and forgetting to take time to enjoy the true meaning of a coffee ‘break’.
If like us, you prefer your cuppa without the slight after-taste of cardboard – then maybe it’s time to adopt the Swedish concept of Fika. For Swedes, the coupling of a coffee and sweet treat is a daily duty, and whether spent with friends or solo; it is always a true ‘break’.
If you’re hitting London, here are our top 5 Scandi cafés to get your Fika fix, and enjoy a true coffee break!
1 – Blåbär
Blåbär’s mission is to encourage people to ‘Live a Life More Nordic’. This means you can relax and enjoy a true Scandi Fika. Everything across the two floors of their Putney café and lifestyle store is purchasable, so that gorgeous mug you’re sipping from can make its way home with you!
A firm favourite among Londoners, Nordic Bakery has four cafes in London: Covent Garden, Soho, Marylebone and Baker Street. They describe themselves as ‘A beautiful Scandinavian café & peaceful meeting place in a frantic city’ – which to us sounds like a no-brainer!
A traditional Swedish bakery, Fabrique are 100% committed to using only the best ingredients and traditional methods to give their customers a top-notch Fika experience. Their four London venues are perfect for taking five away from the big bustling city.
Based in Shoreditch, Curious Yellow Kafe doesn’t disappoint with its friendly atmosphere and traditional Swedish delicacies. They are open till 11pm on weekends, so feel free to bring along friends and family for an evening meal!
A restaurant based in Paddington, KuPP presents gourmet Scandiavian food and drink with a modern ambience. Popular with the after-work crowd, you can visit KuPP for Fika and drinks into the late afternoon, or pop in for a cuppa over the weekend.