Not too long ago I mentioned in this post that Brussels is currently experiencing a coffee revolution. Well, I have a new specialty coffee spot to share in case you needed any further proof: Fika. Why “fika” you may ask? I was introduced to the concept of fika when I first visited Stockholm and happen to cherish this concept. It literally translates as “coffee” but the act of having a fika is much more than that. Most fika breaks revolve around a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. It’s a pause in the day to sit back and relax – pretty sweet, right?
Fika is located just off Place Saint-Boniface, not too far from a few other favourite spots of mine, like Osteria Bolognese, Maison Renardy and Comptoir Florian. Opened by Joana Soulard who used to work at Cafe du Sablon and Cafe Capitale, it’s a project prepared with love by a coffee aficionado. I always admire people who take risks and follow their dreams, so a big thumbs up to Joana for that. Fika is small, minimal and charming – an aesthetic true to its Scandinavian name to a certain extent. Personally, I really love the floor tiles, a typical feature of “maisons de maître”, and am looking forward to enjoying the little terrace in the back once the weather gets warm.
Fika supplies their coffee from Cafe Capitale as well as April Coffee Roasters, Patrik Rolf Karlsson’s roastery who started his own company after working for years at da Matteo in Gothenburg and Five Elephant in Berlin. Remember how I told you that I’m on the way to become a certified barista myself? My studies have really sparked my interest in the specialty coffee industry, so I was really excited to try what Fika offers. My partner in crime had a flat white (bonus points for the cute latte art!) while I ordered some filter coffee which was right up my alley: light, fruity and floral. What kind of let us down though was the cinnamon bun which didn’t taste very fresh. All pastries on offer are apparently homemade, so hopefully they will take note and improve in the future.
I liked Fika overall and would probably go back my coffee fix-up. If you try it as well, leave me a comment to let me know how you liked it and don’t forget to share a picture with me on Instagram using the #seemybrussels hashtag. I’m curious to hear your views!
|Address: Rue de la Paix 17, 1050 Brussels, Belgium|
|Telephone: +32 2 5028885|