With snow starting to fall, it seemed like a decent opportunity to pay Nordic Affar, near the top of Leith Walk, a visit.
The place had previously opened as a specialist purveyor of Scandinavian ingredients, presumably seeking to support our insatiable desire for hygge or lagom or the latest poorly understood term of the week.
Whatever the case, that desire proved entirely satiable, so it chose to reinvented itself as a cafe deli with a focus on fika.
That means the fare is mainly focussed on coffee, buns and waffles.
I’m a big fan of cardamom buns so ordered one of them from the friendly counter woman. I added an espresso which was fine but not much more than that.
The bun was rather more enjoyable with the aromatic cardamom perfuming a gloriously knotted bun. It was very good and chased away the wintry conditions outside with satisfying sweetness.
So overall, Nordic Affar with its cool, spare interior and simple offering is well worth a look. Their coffee could use some improvement but it’s otherwise a place of considerable charm. I look forward to popping again next time the cardamom bun longing strikes.
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: cardamom bun
I drank: espresso
I wore: warm pinstripes
Total bill: £3.30
Address: 19 Haddington Place, Edinburgh EH7 4AF