“Fika” is the Swedish term for “coffee break”, to indulge in the ritual of conversation. While the very same idea is quite common in the U.S, a coffee break is virtually protected by the law in Sweden. No wonder they have a special word for it.
We had an eye for this lovely coffee place "FIKA" for long and finally paid a visit last weekend. We were first drawn to it for its selection of font and graphic design, and its coffee turned out totally lives up to its indie brand image.
The place we hit is one of its earliest locations at 28th St/3rd Ave and thus not as spacious as its other new venues. Unlike most traditional coffee shops that let you sit down with a laptop or do some reading comfortably, this FIKA store only offers tiny tables to rest your mug, and the chairs are also petites that you may be better off standing. Maybe it's how an authentic "expresso bar" runs. People still love this place because it makes amazing coffee, along with crunchy almond croissant and beautifully crafted chocolate.
FIKA has grown from traditional coffee shop into new fields, such as serving chocolate, meatball and wine to cater for people's different needs at different times in a day. In particular, its award-winning chocolate is a must-try and has drawn huge attention from media. Its Tribeca location serves as its chocolate factory and must be fun to visit.
So next time when you are in NYC and need a "FIKA", definitely check out FIKA!
GRADED BY SYCOMORE