Relax as Swedes
Fika is a time-honored tradition practiced by almost every Swede, which could also be called a coffee break. But there is much more to it - a time spent away from worries and hanging out with friends, colleagues or family. Fika can happen anywhere you are - at home, in a cafe, in the office, in a car or at a gas station on the go. Some offices in Sweden pride themselves on mandatory fika breaks. Therefore, fika could be called a form of communication that does not go without a few things - Swedish sweets and a cup of coffee.
What to choose
The combination of sweet pastries and coffee is popular all over the world. However, few countries in the world like coffee as Swedes. The country ranks first in terms of coffee consumption worldwide, with one Swede consuming about 8.5 kg of coffee per year. But for a real Swedish fika afternoon, coffee alone is not enough, we suggest a few traditional pastries in this country:
- Cinnamon bun: cinnamon bun is the most popular delicacy among the locals;
- Toscabulle: a bun that looks like cinnamon bun but is flavored with almonds and cardamom;
- Chokladbollar: small, mild-tasting chocolate balls covered with coconut chips;
- Semla: Bun with marzipan and whipped cream;
- Ballerina kex: biscuit with chocolate filling.
Best places to experience Fika in Malmo
Take the DFDS ferry to Karlshamn and visit Malmö, Sweden's 3 largest city. Here you will find some really great places where you can experience fika.
Visit cozy bakery Bagaren & Bonden. Here you will find traditional baked goods and aromatic coffee. The bakery’s founders make sure their baked goods are made from products supplied by local farmers.
Address: Hermansgatan 3, 212 11 Malmö
The Slottsträdgårdens Café, located in the oldest city park, will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city and you will be able to enjoy the cozy environment, nature and local delicacies.
Address: Malmöhusvägen 8, 21118 Malmö
The Malmö Saluhall Market, located at an abandoned train station in 1995, offers not only delicacies and coffee but also fresh produce sold by local farmers. Address: Gibraltargatan 6, 211 18 Malmö
Best places to experience fika in Stockholm
If you're traveling to the country's capital, don't miss out on these cafes:
Wiener Cafeet - a café dating back to the 1900s, reminiscent of Vienna or Paris. Here you will find freshly baked cakes and fragrant, tonic coffee.
Address: Biblioteksgatan 6-8, 111 46 Stockholm
In the family-run Café Pascal you will taste coffee made from carefully selected and processed coffee beans. The mouth-watering freshly baked delicacies will be perfect with coffee.
Address: Norrtullsgatan 4, Odenplan
Romance lovers are welcome to visit Gamla Orangeriet, a cozy café in the conservatory, which is tempted daily by the smell of freshly baked cakes and buns, which is hard to resist.
Address: Veit Wittrocks väg 7, 114 18 Stockholm