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Where to Have a Coffee Break (Fika) in Stockholm?

Friday, December 9th, 2011

In Swedish, “Fika” means “coffee” or “to have coffee” or simply “a coffee break”. Fika is a popular Swedish tradition to socialize over a cup of coffee accompanied by a pastry, piece of cake, cinnamon roll or other sweet baked snacks. Bullar, a roll filled with cinnamon, cardamom and sugar, is an integral part of the custom. Fika has no fix time. It happens many times daily. The weather is one of the favorite subjects of fika conversations. It could be a quick or elaborate. You need a diverse range of sweets, tarts, pastries and cookies for an elaborate fika. The capital city Stockholm has numerous modern and traditional cake shops and cafes for fika. Read on to know about traditional Swedish bakeries cum cafes.

photo by Ben Cumming

The Garden Café and the Bakery in the greenhouses of Rosendals Trädgård serves freshly baked breads, buns, cakes, cookies, pastries and rolls with coffee / tea. It uses organically produced ingredients to bake in traditional stone oven fueled by birch wood, ensuring high quality bakery items. Rosendals Trädgård, an open garden located at Rosendalsterrassen, promotes organic gardening principles. The garden boasts plants, herbs, flowers and vegetables grown in eco-friendly manner.

Flickorna Helin Voltaire, set in leafy secluded area, is housed in a castle-like structure situated at Djurgården. You can enjoy views of the Djurgården canal during summer coffee breaks. Have fika around fireplace in the winter. There is also choice for al fresco fika. It has its own bakery.

Himlavalvet, located in the Observatory Museum’s garden at Drottninggatan, is a classic café serving homemade waffles, vegetarian items, salads, sandwiches, elderberry juice, good berry pies, ice creams, coffee and cakes.

Sturekatten, a homey café cum bakery of eighteenth century at Riddargatan, is a two-level eatery. Coffee, juices, pastries, rolls, cakes, pies etc. are on the menu. The walls are decorated with paintings, tables are covered with crocheted tablecloths and comfy sofas are perfect for relaxing. The staff wears traditional white / black robes and lace aprons. In summer, you can have fika on the patio.

Vetekatten, located at Kungsgatan, offers high-quality traditional Swedish pastries.   The café menu features wedding cakes, chocolates, pralines, buns, breads, pastries, biscuits, salads, baked potatoes, sandwich cakes and coffee. It also serves gluten- and egg-free goodies. Vetekatten comprises a courtyard, bread shop, restaurant and traditional coffee rooms.

Happy Fika!


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  1. Anonymous says:
    December 14th, 2011 at 17:45

    You should mention the Café & bakery named Saturnus on Eriksbergsgatan 6 right by Humlegården in central Stockholm. Saturnus great food and magnificent enormous tasty cinnamon and cardamum rolls are truly worth to check out!

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