Two weeks ago I visited New York with my family, and I was so happy to discover quite a few Scandinavian spots in town. I did not have time to visit all, but I made sure to stop by FIKA for a coffee & cinnamon bun and I did not regret it.
What does FIKA mean?
Fika is a Swedish word and concept that can be described as making time for a coffee break. This is often accompanied by pastries or sweet treats while in good company and is an important part of the Scandinavian culture. Having a daily FIKA is a way of life in Sweden but also in the rest of Scandinavia, it offers a way of both relaxing and staying connected. We do love our coffee and enjoying it slowly! Did you know in fact that Scandinavian’s are on the top of the list of coffee consumers in the world?
If you want to find that Scandinavian feeling in New York be sure to visit FIKA, you can find several different locations all across Manhattan – each one providing a window to the Swedish coffee culture. Swedish tradition and appreciation of a coffee-centric lifestyle served as inspiration for founder and co-owner Lars Åkerlund when opening the first cafe in 2006, who saw an immediate love connection between Sweden and New York.
“At FIKA, the ambition is clear. Making sure the time you spend with us leaves you smiling and fulfilled. Everything we serve is made in-house, by hand, with the highest quality and care in mind. Whether you are stopping by for your daily breakfast, sitting down for a business lunch, or treating yourself to an afternoon pastry and caffeine kick – we commit to making it one of the best moments of your day.” – FIKA
I visited the FIKA in Bryant Park, which is one of the larger cafes in the chain. It was open and spacious with a minimal interior style and a great selection of coffee, Scandinavian bites & chocolates.
Their menu is heavily inspired by Swedish heritage and flavors, but with an innovative and modern twist. They pride themselves on sourcing the finest coffee beans, roasting them to perfection, and creating the most delicious savory and sweet foods. I can confirm both the coffee and cinnamon bun were delicious! You can see their full menu here.
FIKA AT SAKS, FIFTH AVENUE, 5TH FLOOR
611 Fifth Avenue 10022, New York
FIKA 28TH STREET,
407 Park Avenue South, 10016 New York
FIKA 58TH STREET
41 W 58th Street, 10019 New York
FIKA 7TH AVENUE
155 7th Avenue, 10011 New York
FIKA BRYANT PARK
114 w 41st street, 10036 New York
FIKA GRAND CENTRAL
380 Lexington Avenue (41st street), 10168 New York
FIKA PEARL STREET
66 Pearl Street, 10004 New York
FIKA TOWER & BAKERY
824 Tenth Avenue, 10019 New York
FIKA TRIBECA & CHOCOLATE FACTORY
450 Washington Street, 10013 New York
// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad