Scandinavian-Influenced Coffee House, Fika, Opens in Leeds

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A new Scandinavian coffee experience has opened in Headingley, Leeds. Fika North draws inspiration from Swedish coffee houses, combining it with Yorkshire spirit for a unique blend.

The married owners, Gemma and Ellis Williams, say the Swedes define Fika as a state of mind as opposed to an action, where making time to see friends and loved ones and sharing a cup of coffee or a bit of cake is both a ritual and a feast for the senses.

With a vegan-friendly menu, cool and contemporary décor and a music soundtrack handpicked daily, Fika North puts pleasure at the forefront of the customer experience. All of the ingredients and products are sourced locally from environmentally responsible suppliers and guest craft ales are on draught alongside organic wine in a bid to elevate the independent coffee shop offering.

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Outside Fika North in Headingley

“The whole experience”

This is the first solo venture for Gemma and Elis, but not the first time they have worked together. After spending 8-years working in the super yacht industry, the couple saw Fika North as an opportunity to utilise their experience in delivering high levels of quality service and products, with a keen eye for detail.

Gemma said: “Identity is very important for us. We’re proud to live, and have built a life, in Yorkshire and we wanted Fika North to reflect that passion. We want our customers to feel comfortable enough to take time out to enjoy the coffee ritual with family, friends, colleagues or classmates. The idea is that Fika North will become as embedded in the community as the Yorkshire stone from which the building is made! For us Fika North is about the whole experience. From the delicious speciality coffee, tasty handmade cakes, beautiful surroundings, carefully selected soundtrack and relaxed atmosphere. We want each of the senses to be satisfied by the time our customer leaves and makes them excited for the next time they return.”

Fika North, 94 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 4BA. For more info visit: facebook.com/fikanorthcoffee

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