It’s no secret that Stockholm is one of my favourite cities. I’ve been there a couple of times and no visit had a lack of fika.
What is fika? If you’ve never heard of this Swedish concept, let me tell you one thing: fika is much more than having coffee. To fika is to take a break from the daily grind and relax with a cup of coffee and a sweet treat.
It is a social phenomenon, a legitimate reason to set aside a moment for quality time. Accompanying sweets are crucial. Cinnamon buns, cakes, cookies, even open-faced sandwiches would be a passable fika delight. You can fika at home, or outside with friends, at work with colleagues. It doesn’t matter where it happens, as long as you take time to fika.
I totally embraced this tradition when visiting Sweden and loose the count of fika stops I have. But then you can never have enough fika, can you?
Vete – Katten | 1920s-style cafe in central Stockholm is one of the scores of well-preserved, tradition-packed coffee shops where you can sample traditional Swedish pastries of superior quality.
Chokladkoppen | Cosy little café at idyllic Stortorget Square, just a stone’s throw from the Royal Palace in the medieval Old Town. Exquisite sandwiches and pastries, and in summer a popular alfresco section.
Kaffekoppen | Another little cosy café with lovely food and cold and hot drinks in a unique building at Stortorget 20 in the heart of the charming square at the centre of Gamla Stan.
Café Mariaberget | I’ve discovered this cute cafe on my walk around Monteliusvagen. Great coffee and cakes plus you can get to be friends with the owner’s pug who loves watching people and chilling outside.
Johan & Nyström | This cafe looks like a magazine ad for Scandi design. They offer a varied range of coffee drinks and pastries, though I’m partial to their delicious cinnamon bun.
Drop coffee | Another beautiful and minimalist coffee shop in Södermalm offering award-winning coffee.
Fabrique | With multiple branches throughout the city, Fabrique bakeries are famous for their kanelbullar-swedish cinnamon bun and the freshly baked bread!
Grand Cafe | This is one of my favourite spots when it’s funny. You can fika here while watching the waterfront, passing boats and super-trendy Swedish people. What’s not to like?
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Have I missed your favourite? Let me know in comments!