For a lady-date with Meghan on Friday afternoon, she suggested a cafe located in Kensington Market, called Fika. I am glad she did because it was a great place to go and enjoy some relaxed time together.
The first thing that struck me upon entering was the wonderful aroma of coffee. Second were the vases of cheerful daisies on the tables, a welcome sight during these darker winter days.
Fika opened 7 months ago and is clearly doing well, as it was filled with a steady stream of customers the whole time we were there, some coming in for take-out and others taking a seat. But although it was busy, it felt comfortable and bright, and we enjoyed a nice chat without feeling the least bit rushed.
I loved the decor, which I discovered by reading up on it later, was inspired by time spent in Sweden by one of the owners, photographer Nikki Leigh Mckean. (The second owner is her husband Victor Barry.)
We both had the most wonderful latte with cardamom in it. With hers, Meghan had a piece of carrot cake, and I went for a chocolate Macaron. (Arriving late to the party in regards to this treat, this was the first time I’ve ever tried a Macaron.) Everything was delicious.
The Swedish word ‘fika’ means ‘to go out for coffee’ and usually involves having a sweet snack as well. So I was happy to fika with Meghan and I recommend you do too, at Fika Cafe, 28 Kensington Avenue, Toronto.
And don’t forget to take a souvenir … their charming business cards, with a little Dala horse punched into them, are just one final detail of this all ’round charming place.