I have been ecstatic over the influx of Scandinavian cafes and design stores opening up in Toronto. Products too: the other day I found find my all-time favourite Danish liquorice, Lakrids, at McEwan's in the PATH, and today I picked up Mikkeller's Book of Beer (Mikkeller is a fantastic microbrewery based in Copenhagen) which I am so excited to read. With that being said, the first spot I hit up whenever I'm in Kensington Market is FIKA.
FIKA is a beautiful Swedish-inspired cafe located in an old turquoise Victorian duplex on Kensington Avenue. In Sweden, the term fika literally means "to have coffee", and the act of fika is an integral part of Swedish culture. This cafe channels the concept beautifully. Dala horses make many appearances throughout the cafe's decor, a Pippi Longstocking doll sits at the cash, and the smell of cardamom and cinnamon buns - fikabröd - make the cafe feel so quintessentially Swedish it's like I never left Malmö.
My absolute favourite fika treat? Their cardamom-spiced latte with a warm cinnamon bun. The best way to spend a crisp Sunday morning in Kensington Market.
28 Kensington Avenue