In Stockholm, a fika means to take a coffee break, usually accompanied by a dessert treat. Fika espresso bar and chocolate factory offers a sweet European escape in Tribeca. Swedes take pride in enjoying the slow leisure of sitting down with a good cup of coffee and a delicate chocolate (choklad in Swedish), several times a day. For busy New Yorkers, taking the time to simply rest their feet in one of Fika's edgy orange seats and bite into a luxorious truffle designed by the shop's "master in the art of chocolatering" Håkan Mårtensson, can seamleslly transform a chaotic day in the city into the kind of luxorious afternoon that illustrates the appeal of Europe's slow moving cafe culture.

Fika, 450 Washington St, New York, NY, 212.706.0565

--Video and Copy by Rose Gunson