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First Visit to Nordic Affär


Today it’s been snowing for several hours, but the snow hasn’t settled since it’s too warm and wet. At least I’ve had the pleasure of admiring the big snowflakes falling from the sky through the office window and luckily my blog has its own snowfall 🙂

The Nordic Shop I’ve mentioned before finally opened its doors on December 4th, so just had to pay a visit as soon as I could. It’s just a small shop at the top of Leith Walk, but to me it is yet more proof of how the Scandinavia boom and Scandinavians are slowly taking over the UK 😉


As expected, there were more Swedish products than Finnish, but the Swedish owner who I had a little chat with said that she’s open to suggestions and only trying products out to see which ones do well and which don’t. She asked me if there are any Finnish foods in particular I’d like to have included in the product range, so I wrote down Vaasan Ruispalat (rye bread) for her. She also said that she’s been surprised by how many Finnish people there are in Edinburgh – I wasn’t the first one to write down Finnish rye bread 🙂 Forgot to mention Karelian Pasties, so will have to do that next time I go there. I’ve also decided to try and make them myself, so perhaps I can just start doing that if it’s not too difficult…


The owner said that she orders her products from Scandi Kitchen in London when I asked her about logistics. Makes sense, as it would be way too expensive to import from Scandinavia.


Back home crisps is more of a treat that we often have with a dip mix mixed in with a Nordic kind of sour cream – something you can’t buy here. I’m not a huge crisp fan so not too bothered about these – my attention was elsewhere…


As I’m going to Finland in just two weeks I tried to restrain myself and only buy the most necessary: sweets. So I celebrated the Finnish Independence Day by eating salmiakki (salty liquorice) haha.

They also sold some children’s books that Matthew was eyeing for educational purposes (and also for the little one some day in the future I guess), but we didn’t have enough cash to buy them at the time. Will be interesting to see how the shop does and if they get more Finnish stuff. At least I now have a place where I can buy salmiakki and Finnish chocolate whenever I want, and that’s already a huge thing!

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

<p>I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!</p>

  • Sharon

    I love those Geisha chocolates, one of my favorite for sure 🙂

    December 12, 2014 at 5:08 am
    • ninaaikas

      Me too 🙂 Where have you tried it?

      December 12, 2014 at 9:15 am
  • Otto Williams

    Hey Nina! Would you mind if we shared your blog post on Facebook, and used a couple of your photos for our Facebook page? They’re fantastic! Kind regards, Otto

    January 17, 2015 at 10:56 am
    • ninaaikas

      Hi Otto!Thanks and no problem at all, glad if you find it useful 🙂 Go for it!

      January 17, 2015 at 11:03 am
  • Linn

    Hi Nina! This made my day! I’m moving over to Edinburgh in two weeks time. I’m Swedish and Im together with a N.Irish man. I’m pregnant with our 2 nd baby and I’m craving Swedish food! 😉 Can’t wait to visit your store. At the minute we are in Glasgow so will not be to far to move town but we can’t wait! Where is the store? Many thank Linn

    January 19, 2015 at 5:59 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Hi Linn! I was also very happy to hear that a Nordic shop was opening up here in the Burgh, think I’ll actually go there today ? the store is on 19 Haddington Place on Leith Walk,hope you enjoy and find what you’re craving for!good luck with the pregnancy too,I’ve got less than 3 weeks to go now ?

      January 20, 2015 at 9:43 am
  • Anonymous

    Moi Nina! I also requested Vaasan Ruispalat, so hopefully they will be stocked soon (after all it’s the most popular bread in Finland) 🙂 Great shop and looking forward to my next visit.

    February 21, 2015 at 6:31 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Fingers crossed – it would be a dream come true to be able to buy Vaasan Ruispalat here!!:)

      February 21, 2015 at 7:03 pm
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