Fika: A Swedish Coffee Ritual that Feeds the Soul

Fika, a Swedish tradition of coffee and amazingly delicious sweet treats. A custom that’s more about the gathering than it is the coffee. A Swedish occurrence that feeds the soul as well as the body. 

Cinnamon Buns on a Wood Table for Fika: A Swedish Coffee Ritual that Feeds the Soul

15 Sweet Fika Recipes

Continue reading to the bottom of the post for 15 traditional and delicious sweet treat recipes to serve during Fika. But first…

What is Fika?

It’s said that “Swedes prefer not to translate the word ‘fika.’ They don’t want it to lose significance and become a mere coffee break.” Yet, they say it’s one of the first Swedish words you’ll learning when visiting Sweden.

Fika is, essentially, taking coffee with a treat. But adherents say it’s more than that. It’s a state of mind.

It’s “an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.”

They call it a “Social Cup of Coffee.”

Sweden.se says the tradition “is much more than having a coffee. It is a social phenomenon, a legitimate reason to set aside a moment for quality time.” Others stress that relaxation also play a tremendous part of the custom.

When Does Fika Happen?

Fika can happen at any time of the day. It can be savoured at home, in a coffee shop, or at work. 

It’s about the gathering. The family, friends, neighbors, or people that matter. It’s about taking time, blocking out the noise of the day, and spending time with each other. A moment of relaxation and friendship.

As well as a warm cup of coffee and an exceedingly delicious treat.

What Do You Eat During Fika?

It’s stressed that “Accompanying sweets are crucial. Cinnamon buns, cakes, cookies, even open-faced sandwiches pass as acceptable fika fare. It comes as no surprise that Swedes are among the top consumers of coffee and sweets in the world – or that Swedes appreciate the good things in life.”

Swedish Kanelbulle Cardamom Buns on a Wood Table for Fika

Sweets to Serve During Fika

Below are traditional Swedish recipes perfect for observing Fika.

Sweets to Serve During Fika

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