A fika at Leja’s Café… or what is that strange word?

Posted by Jenny Grotherus

8 January, 2013 - ,

You might recognise the name Leja’s Café from the Ska Vi Ta En Fika collection, also known as Fika. It is not only a beautiful vintage paper. It is also an actual café, situated in Maja Design’s home town Uddevalla, Sweden. disk2

Leja’s Café is one of the places where Marie, designer and founder of Maja Design, gathered her inspiration for the Fika collection. She was inspired by the vintage style, homemade cookies and joyful atmosphere. Last week we grabbed our coats to get some fika at this famous café… But first an explanation of what that little word is all about.

Very few of Maja’s collections have been loved by so many as the Fika collection. Just as many has scratched their heads in wonder of that strange word.

I’ve worked in international environments for years and seen co-workers from all over the world be amazed by this Swedish institution. There’s simply no word in English to describe it. So no matter if you are from India, the US, Brazil or Poland it’s just fika.

Fika is simply enjoying a cup of tea or coffee together with friends or co-workers, often with a cake. Most people are very careful about their fika. We even have fika breaks by law twice a day at work! If you meet up with friends for a fika you should not be surprised if you are staying at the café for the rest of the evening. “Ska Vi Ta En Fika” means something like “Let’s have some fika”.

But let’s go back to Leja’s Café… We can see the lights in the windows when we cross the square. You can really feel the wonderful smell of coffee when you enter the café. The place is crowded. Everybody knows that this is the place to be if you want the best fika in town. KollageLitetAll cookies are handmade, looks and tastes like heaven. It’s not easy to make a decision when you finally reach the counter. We decide to have some apple cake with vanilla cream and cappuccino. applecakeThe last available table is calling for us and we slowly set course against it. You can hear people laughing, talking about today’s news. A girl is showing her latest purchase, a man is just enjoying a book and a cup of tea. There’s room for everybody. The families, the singles, the friends and the co-workers. Everybody’s enjoying the atmosphere in the candle lights while the darkness spreads it wings outside.

The cake really is something extra. Best one I’ve tasted in years. Still I can’t help myself. My neighbour is eating the most delicious chocolate muffin and it smells so good… Maybe a second round?Chokladmuffins

Marie really loves to fika. There is no coincidence the Fika collection was made. All thirty (sixty if you count the backsides) papers has been carefully hand-drawn into the tiniest detail. The papers includes Marie’s personal favourite recipes together with her beautiful illustrations. They come in several different colour schemes so there is room for everybody’s favourites. Speaking of favourites. Here’s mine…blackberrypieNext week I’ll give you a little tour of our Maja adventure over at CHA. All vintage style of course…Jenny

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  • Ohhh! Thanks for sharing the story behind this collection Jenny! I have indeed wondered at the unusual name and just so enjoyed hearing the back-story! I reminded me of the ‘cafe-clatch’ we would have in the afternoons when we’d visit my Oma (Grandma) in Germany, the beautiful tortes and cakes with the rich strong coffee! I’ll be playing with this beautiful vintage collection with these thoughts in my head! xo

  • CamillaE says:

    Åh min gud! Nu är jag verkligen fikasugen!!! Jisses, så mycket gott! Och tusen tack för historien bakom. Det var jätteroligt att läsa.

  • mm Jennifer Snyder says:

    Ohhhhh Jenny, thank you for letting us peek in on that wonderful Cafe and inside the inspiration of those gorgeous Fika papers. That cafe is divine and Marie’s papers are perfect to capture that little slice of Fika heaven.

  • mm Rachelle Sigurdson says:

    Love how you gave us the history on the Beautiful Fika Collection!!! Yummy photo’s & Story!!!

  • Thank you for sharing this story, it explains more to us. I wish Icould try this yummy cakes.

  • Asta Sol says:

    Nu vet jag vad Fika betyder. Var tvungen att undra mig det namnet när jag letade på vad du skrev scrapbook.com. Trodde du pratade om cookies, fikon kex ännu. Du kommer att förlåta detta försök att skriva svenska, men det var Google som gjorde det för mig. De är inte helt klar på denna hahah. Hälsningar från Island.