Café Fika, © Axel G.

Finally, it has reopened! Closed for three years due to work and Covid, the Swedish Institute café, rue Payenne in the Marais, resumed service at the beginning of September. After a change of ownership… and name.

By renaming it Café Fika, the news was right because this word, Fika, expresses the quintessence of Sweden. Fika refers to this coffee break that Abba's compatriots have elevated to the rank of an art of living, a pastime and even an obsession.

It is also a verb fika which expresses the action of drinking coffee accompanied by a pastry, generally a “bulle” (pronounced: “beau-laid”!), that is to say a Swedish brioche with cinnamon or cardamom. But above all it is the moment when the Swedes meet each other, like the French at a café.

Café Fika, © Axel G.

We practice fika in the tea room, at home, in the office with colleagues. When ? Anytime from approximately 10 a.m. to 15 p.m. Fika – both a verb and a common noun – is to Sweden what the pub is to the English or tapas to the Spanish.

Its origin is worker and peasant, just like the snack. Some say it is of prison origin. According to them, the word finds its origin in prison slang where verlan was spoken, by modifying the intonation. “Kaffe” (coffee) became “fika” by inversion of the syllables and transformation of the “é” into “i”.

To find out more, we will refer to the very beautiful work, in English, by Stina Almorth “Fika, made in Sweden” (on sale at the Swedish Institute), a true sociology treatise on the subject.

Café Fika, © Laetitia d’Aboville

The Swedish Institute's new café lives up to its name and some Swedish authenticity. All products are homemade based on a menu created by Maria Printz, a chef-baker-entrepreneur from Småland, the pantry region of Sweden where fresh produce is no joke.

There are salads, salmon or herring toast, meatballs, coffee, elderberry syrup, cakes and traditional biscuits. Everything is served in measured portions, as is customary among the Swedes, always reasonable. The decor, in light wood, evokes Scandinavia, as does the singing accent of the young team of Swedes who provide the service with simplicity and kindness. For a coffee break or a quick meal, we are teleported to the far north.

Fika
Swedish Institute
11, rue Payenne, 75003 Paris
Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 p.m. to 19:00 p.m.
Tel: +01 44 78 80 20 XNUMX

Café Fika, © Vinciane Lebrun

Text: Katia Barillot

23.09.22

In the Mood for Brunch at L’Inouvert

In the Mood for Brunch at L’Inouvert

It's a clear place and well framed like a film photo. Normal, one might say, since this café-restaurant also has a bookstore section dedicated to photography with quality, sometimes rare works – selected by different curators such as Christine Barthe, the photo manager…

Vegetarian restaurant: Bonnard, it’s all good!

Vegetarian restaurant: Bonnard, it’s all good!

You immediately feel at home at Bonnard where you are welcomed by Elise, the French-American hostess, chic and relaxed, in a decor where wood and stone predominate. This is because, here, everything is natural: the decor, the people, the organic wines, the seasonal cuisine. Welcome, then, street…

Divine brunch at the foot of Notre-Dame

Divine brunch at the foot of Notre-Dame

Of course, officially, it is not the Marais. But at Son de la Terre, a barge recently moored at the Montebello quay (5th), the 4th arrondissement is in sight. Moreover, this one is incredible: on one side, it is Notre-Dame flooded with sunlight; on the other, the quays, the book sellers, the walkers, the joggers.

Europeans 2024: Glucksmann in the lead in the Marais

Europeans 2024: Glucksmann in the lead in the Marais

The list led by Raphaël Glucksmann comes first in the two Marais districts with 29,41% in the 3rd arrondissement and 29,41% in the 4th. She is also victorious in the 2nd, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 18th.

In the Mood for Brunch at L’Inouvert

In the Mood for Brunch at L’Inouvert

It's a clear place and well framed like a film photo. Normal, one might say, since this café-restaurant also has a bookstore section dedicated to photography with quality, sometimes rare works – selected by different curators such as Christine Barthe, the photo manager…

Chic vintage boutiques in the Marais

Chic vintage boutiques in the Marais

The second-hand market has always had its fans. There is, however, vintage and vintage. From the sweatshirt sold by weight to the rare restored piece, there is a world of difference. It is second hand fashion, which today meets environmental concerns. Above all, it's a way to create unique looks at a good price.

WHAAAAAAAT?!

 

All your friends tell you about the Marais Mood newsletter but you haven't received it?

Sign up here to receive weekly news from your favorite neighborhood. ☆

Welcome ! You are subscribed to the Marais Mood newsletter!