Visit Stockholm and you’ll undoubtedly see the coffee shop lined streets filled with locals indulging in coffee and a cinnamon bun at all times of day – breakfast, lunch, dinner and any time in-between. They’ll tell you that they call it Fika, but their wonderful concept is so much more than coffee and cake – it’s a way of life.
In a world which makes out that 24 hour hustle is the only way to stand out and be successful, Swedes take an alternative approach and adopt the belief that taking time to rest and socialise is the best way to reset and strengthen companionship. Fika’s at the heart of their lifestyle and as a result, Sweden is consistently considered one of the happiest countries in the world.
You can’t be blamed if you think we’re too invested in this, but in the modern Western world where loneliness and depression is at an all time high, has Sweden already unlocked the answer to living a more fulfilling and purposeful life? Either way, the incredible coffee and cuisine surely has the power to lift and mood.
We touched down in Stockholm on a Sunday morning and found the city centre streets to be almost empty. As soon as we stepped into Cafe Pascal, we knew why as it was completely packed to the rafters with small and large groups of people showing us how they do it.
We didn’t just stumble upon this spot as we’d done our research and made sure that we were spending our money in the very best cafes and restaurants (it’s not a cheap city to visit). That research paid off as it one of a few close contenders for the best coffee and lunch we had during our 3 days in one of our new favourite cities.
Cafe Pascal implores for it to be Instagrammed with it’s Scandi aesthetic and striking latte art. First of many cinnamon buns aside, we started our Stockholm Fika adventures healthily with a magnificent salmon salad too.
That salmon salad was the first step to realising that Swedes have fish as an integral part of their diverse cuisine. With that in mind and our existing love for Poke, we couldn’t not combine that with more coffee and berry smoothies. Kaffeverket, another highly rated Fika destination fulfilled our wishes in delectable fashion.
Johan & Noystrom
Part of every single coffee photo we took in Stockholm included a cinnamon bun – they’re everywhere! Swedes really do love pastries and competition is fierce for the best in the city. Pom & Flora, Gast and Downtown Camper ensured we were not once left disappointed, but Johan & Noystrom tops the poll for us. Their buns were big enough for the two us whilst the pastry was fluffy but dense in perfect proportion. Having it alongside a filled croissant, avocado rye bread and a specialist brew, it put a spring in our step ahead of a full day exploring Sodermaalm, Stockholm’s hipster district.
Pom & Flora
We could go on and on about the incredible food and drink we had in Stockholm, so if you’d like any more tips/reccomendations, hit us up!