A Scandinavian influenced coffee sensation has opened in Leeds, Fika North in Headingley, Leeds. The new coffee shop aims to elevate the traditional experience of meeting for a coffee and turn it into a feast for all of the senses.
Fika North (on the corner of Otley Road and Weetwood Lane) aims to provide so much more than ordinary coffee houses by drawing on inspiration from Sweden, embracing a ritual but injecting it with Yorkshire spirit. Fika is defined as a state of mind as opposed to an action, it means making time to see friends and loved ones every day and sharing a cup of coffee or a bit of cake.
With a vegan-friendly menu, cool and contemporary décor and a music soundtrack handpicked daily, owners Gemma and Elis Williams, aim to put pleasure at the forefront of the customer’s experience. All of the ingredients and products will be sourced locally from environmentally responsible suppliers and Fika North will also be serving guest craft ales on draught and organic wine; in a bid to elevate the independent coffee shop offering.
This is the first solo venture for husband and wife team, 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 also love the idea of the ritual and importance of coffee. We want our customers to feel comfortable enough to take time out to enjoy that 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.”