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Stockholm: Where to Fika

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.

F&B-Fika-7Cafe Pascal

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. 

F&B-Fika-6Cafe Pascal

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.

F&B-Fika-4Gast

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. 

F&B-Fika-2Kaffeverket

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. 

F&B-Fika-3Gast

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. 

F&B-Fika-5Johan & 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.

F&B-Fika-1Pom & 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! 

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14 Comments

  1. February 24, 2020 / 5:07 pm

    Mmm the pictures alone make me want to visit Stockholm just to eat! Where are you thinking of going next? 🙂

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:43 pm

      Stockholm is a great place to visit! We were hoping to head to Turkey next, but we shall see now.

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. February 24, 2020 / 5:28 pm

    I never been to Stockholm nor did I know they served such lovely cuisine.😋 I like that they’re focused on slow living and take value in a great cup of coffee. The food looks exquisitely fresh and you guys captured mouth watering images🤤 I guess I need to add this to my dream destination place🤣

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:44 pm

      You have to, if you love that slow paced lifestyle or coffee in general, this is the place you need to be at!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. February 24, 2020 / 5:42 pm

    Reading about the cuisine is making me want to visit Stockholm, love the accompanying images too. I like that they encourage slow living, being present in the moment and find joy in the little things. Definitely adding Sweden to my travel list.

    Tx. // Tajinder Kaur

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:45 pm

      You have to, we loved it there – honestly such a great place to visit!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. February 24, 2020 / 5:52 pm

    All looks absolutely delicious. I’ve visited Sweden, but much further north, near Ostersund, and we did enjoy coffee and a cinnamon bun. I had no idea it was a Swedish institution, nor that it was called Fika. Good to know!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:46 pm

      You learn something new everyday right!
      We’d love to see more of Sweden one day.

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. February 24, 2020 / 6:06 pm

    I’ve never been to Stockholm and I haven’t heard of Fika but oh my goodness your photos are making me want to put that right so much! Everything looks absolutely delicious, I think I’m forever spoiled for a latte and toasted teacake in this country now, haha x

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:47 pm

      You honestly have to visit Stockholm and enjoy a coffee and cinnamon bun – FIKA is life!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. February 24, 2020 / 7:06 pm

    Have you read the book Lagom? There’s a whole chapter on Fika and I thought it was such a lovely concept. It’s no wonder the Swedes are so happy! All this food looks incredible too xxx

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:48 pm

      No, we have not! Defo will pick it up though – we love the concept and hope to introduce it more into our everyday life!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:48 pm

      Now you have no excuse not to visit!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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