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The Art Of The Swedish ‘Fika’; And 5 Cafes That You Should Check Out

Time to slow down and appreciate the little things that make life beautiful, over a cuppa coffee and a little bite to eat.

What is 'Fika'? Beyond its literal translation of being a "coffee and cake break",  in its essence, is the Swedish lifestyle tradition of taking a moment to step back from the busyness and rush of life, have a cup of coffee and a baked good (even a couple of cookies or a piece of kueh if you prefer) with it.

What makes the Swedish Fika different from just kicking back at a cosy cafe with friends. or leaving the office for a coffee break, is its main intent: To savour the moment of being present, availing time for you to contemplate; giving your mind a break from the demands of the day. In the midst of a fast-paced urban city like Singapore, it is the respite we so desperately need.

'Nuff said, here's 5 quaint little cafes that you can head to for that much-needed me-time.

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Credit: Kurasu Singapore

5. Kurasu 

Kurasu is a stone’s throw away from City Hall MRT, situated at Odeon Towers. With a heavy focus on Japanese coffee culture, you can’t expect anything less than good quality brewed coffee here. Don’t miss out on their special off-menu drink, Iced Dirty Matcha, which is an iced matcha latte with a shot of espresso. The best accompaniment to the serene cafe environment.

331 North Bridge Road, Odeon Towers #02-01, Singapore 188720

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