Fika is both a Swedish verb and noun that roughly means “to drink coffee,” usually accompanied by something sweet.
But it’s more than that. It’s usually social, with one’s family or friends or partner. It’s central to Swedish life, this interlude with coffee and pastry and chit chat. Sandra has lots of fika photos in her Flickr stream.
So I’ve been looking for a coffee shop or cafe here in Austin that will provide a great fika. My requirements:
- Really good coffee
- Really good pastries
- Must be served on real dishware
- Comfortable place with easygoing music and a cozy feel
It’s hard to find this place. We really love Sweetish Hill, because we can walk there, and they have good coffee and excellent pastries. But they’re served on plasticware and paper cups. Sadness.
Here’s what my dream would be: Sweetish Hill or La Boite pastries with Houndstooth or Caffe Medici coffee in a cafe that’s kind of like Les Deux Moulins (from Amelie). Anyone know of a place in Austin that fits the bill? Oh, and can it be within walking distance of my house? K thx. :)