The Do’s and Don’ts of a Fika

Pop on over to the local Ikea, listen to some ABBA and grab a kanelbullar: it’s fika time!

A Swedish Coffee Break (Fika)

One of the greatest aspects of a fika (a Swedish coffee break) is its informality. The following are tips to have the best fika, but feel free to incorporate your own ideas into your coffee break.

Do

Invite your friends out to enjoy a fika! That cutie over there catching your eye? Most Swedes say their first dates are fikas because it’s more casual than a dinner date. (My bf took me out for a fika on our first date 😉 )

Don’t

Don’t order any kind of fancy coffee drink. No whipped chocolate mocha cupcake iced lattes here! A simple cup of coffee or tea is all you need.

Do

Order a kanelbullar, a semla or another fun Swedish treat. They pair perfectly with a cup of warm coffee.

Don’t

Don’t rush your fika! While Swedes are known for their punctuality, they never look like they are in a rush. Sit back, take a breath and take a sip of coffee.

Do

Learn how to order coffee like a local: Kan jag ha en kaffe? [Can I have a coffee?]

Don’t

Don’t forget to thank your host or hostess, Tack!

Lyndsay Burginger

It’s always entertaining when Lyndsay’s in the kitchen. She’s even been known to belt out Broadway show tunes while making dinner (a handy whisk as her microphone, of course). She currently writes for her personal blog, LyndsayPaige.com focusing on recipes based on literature. Lyndsay is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.