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From mid-January until Easter, bakers at Fika Café churn out dozens of semlor (sing. semla) buns daily. Semlor are typically eaten on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday as a final indulgent treat before lent. These buns traditionally are made for only two months of the year or only on the week of Shrove Tuesday (thankfully Fika Café isn't too strict about this).
Fika is a cute café hidden among thrift shops and restaurants on Kensington Ave. The café is in the heart of Kensington Market and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Throughout the winter months, Fika is kept busy with line ups and pre-orders for this seasonal semla bun and other freshly made Swedish inspired pastries.
Semlor are small yeasted Swedish wheat buns flavoured with cardamom, stuffed with marzipan (almond paste) and topped with whipped cream. A semla is $4.50 and well worth it.
“Fika" was originally used as a Swedish verb meaning “to go out for coffee,” but can also be used as a noun: “coffee break.” Fittingly, this cafe is perfect to grab coffee or a pastry, catch up with a friend or sit and do work for some time. The semlor are made in house daily in the café’s quaint kitchen and make for a delectable midday snack without being too heavy. Semla pairs well with an americano or one of the cafés many tea lattes.
The Café is accepting email orders for 5 semlor or more sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fika Café is the only place downtown Toronto that sells semlor. These pastries are here for a limited time so do not miss out on trying them.