Time to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. The concept of ‘fika’ is an important part of Swedish culture. In case this word is new to you, it simply means taking a coffee break accompanied by sweet or savoury pastries together with friends. To help you discover fika, we have selected a few items to get you started.
Left to right: Tray from BahKadisch | The Little Book of Fika by Lynda Balslev
This fun tray with ‘In Sweden we call it a fika’ written on it is the perfect starting point for your break. Created by illustrator Karin, the owner of BahKadisch, this item has travelled the world teaching a lot of people about the Swedish coffee culture. The design is also available on mugs, kitchen towels, postcards and prints.
BahKadisch, ‘Swedish Fikabricka’ tray £18.72
The Little Book of Fika: The Uplifting Daily Ritual of the Swedish Coffee Break, written by Lynda Balslev, is a book that offers a lovely introduction to the tradition of fika, including interesting facts, quotes, helpful tips, and 20 delicious sweet and savoury recipes so that you can establish your own fika practice.
Andrews McMeel Publishing, The Little Book of Fika: The Uplifting Daily Ritual of the Swedish Coffee Break by Lynda Balslev, £6.99
Left to right: Toy set from Kids Concept | Coffee set from Stelton
What better way to start the day than with a nice cup of coffee? Now, with this cute little wooden, Swedish-style toy set, your little ones can join in on your morning routine too. Designed in Scandinavia by Kids Concept and lovingly hand-crafted using the finest wood, this beautiful set is great for fika time at home or for picnics in the park.
Kids Concept, Swedish fika coffee set, £36.95
Made in matte black stoneware with a shiny glaze, the Theo coffee maker is both rustic and elegant. It is part of the Nordic series inspired by the Nordic landscape and design values, while representing the Scandinavian way of living with a ‘less is more’ attitude. Turn it on and your home will soon be filled with the lovely scent of freshly brewed coffee.
Stelton, ‘Theo’ slow brew coffee brewer, £62.95
Stelton, ‘Theo’ tea mug, £20.95
Stelton, ‘Theo’ tray, £31.95
Porcelain series from Rörstrand
Mon Amie was designed by Marianne Westman in the early 1950s, and has become one of Sweden’s best-loved tableware collections. With the classic floral pattern, distinct blue colour and clean, modern lines, the porcelain series is the perfect way to make your table ready for enjoying coffee and cakes with friends or family.
Rörstrand, ‘Mon Amie’ coffee cup, £17
Rörstrand, ‘Mon Amie’ small plate, £16
Rörstrand, ‘Mon Amie’ jug, £43
Rörstrand, ‘Mon Amie’ cake stand, £66
TEXT: INGRID OPSTAD