It's easy to get used to fika in Sweden. Fika (pronounced “fee-kah”) is a daily ritual that is mandatory for Swedes (and Scandinavians). More than just once a day.
Fika is much more than just a coffee break. Fika teaches us that we should take time out, chat with colleagues, friends or family members over a cup of coffee and nibble on something sweet like kanelbulle. Or if you prefer savory, smörgås - open-faced sandwich - might be more to your liking.
Fika does not include a laptop or scrolling down your cellphone, fika is about people, talking, laughing. When it is fika time, those who happen to be on fika may not answer your call. Because the now that we seek and wish to live in is happening right now and requires complete dedication.
I was thinking a lot about fika when I was in Stockholm, watching people having a fika. It was lovely to see them talking, smiling, with a cup of coffee in their hand. They were not always sitting down, those good looking Scandinavians were standing up more often than not and seemed to be immersed in the moment they were experiencing just then.
My places in Stockholm for fika, taking a break, people, smiles, sweet and savory snacks, gentle atmosphere...
... for big decisions and first well told jokes, places for hellos and goodbyes, places where you ask for pastry recipes and place where you just quietly say "I'm happy" because that's what you really are, these places are...
1. Drop Coffee, Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 10, Stockholm (Metro: Mariatorget)
2. Pascal, Norrtullsgatan 4 (Metro: Odenplan) & Skånegatan 76 (M: Medborgarplatsen)
3. Kaffeverket, Sankt Eriksgatan 88 (M: S:T ERIKSPLAN)