To us cake-eating mavens, fika (meaning a coffee break) is one Swedish culture we absolutely adore.
Now that Stockholm is crammed with cafes and bakeries that churn out great coffee and delectable pastries, locals and globetrotters are spoiled with choices of places to go for fika. We have curated a list that includes some of our favourite venues, where we think are perfect to fika with friends and family.
For a community of pastry-obsessed aficionados, Fabrique needs no introduction. The bakery has become an Instagram sensation thanks to its celebrated version of the cardamom bun (Kardemummabullar in Swedish), along with other crave-worthy baked goods, like sourdough loaves and cookies.
On the lookout for some seriously flaky and delicious pastries? Head to Café Pascal. The meticulousness in their baking process is evidently shown through their jewel-like baked goods that make you want to bury your face in them. Find them in 3 locations across town: Sturegatan 8, Skånegatan 76, Norrtullsgatan 4.
At Cafe Petissan, old-school versions of Swedish cakes and buns are served in an old-school setting that is reminiscent of sitting in a sweet Swedish grandma’s kitchen. If a cosy, nostalgic vibe is what you are after, this place is for you.
Vete-Katten is well-liked for its good selection of soups, salads and sandwiches, but what most people comes here for is its freshly baked bread and pastries. Get yourself a big cup of Joe to pair with the sweet Manjari Dôme or Carrot Cake. Vegan and gluten-free delights are also available.
Brighten your day by simply stepping into the sun-lit, modern-meets-vintage dining room of Karla Café. Here, diners will find decent breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner options that are a mix of Swedish and global classics. For fika hours, don’t miss out on trying their Seed Pie, Saffron Cake, and Sarah Bernhardt Cookies.
Fika like the locals at Café Schweizer. Having opened in 1920, CS is the OG in Stockholm’s cafe scene. The cafe offers an array of sandwiches, pastries, and cakes in a vintage setting adorned with food and fruit throughout – a true eye candy for Instagrammers.
Enjoy a traditional Swedish fika at this traditional cafe. Sundbergs Konditori located in Gamla Stan is one of the oldest cafes in Stockholm. If your fika sesh needs old-school feels, this is the place to be.
For a change of scenery to your fika o’clock, switch up from traditional Swedish sweets to American-inspired pastries and cakes at MR Cake. Led by the Instagram-famed pastry chef, Roy Fares, the venue churns out American-style baked goods that represent his vision for Sweden’s current and future pastry scene.