Swedish Fika in the UK
In Sweden, taking a break to have a coffee and a cake is a very, if not the most, important part of the day. We call this 'fika'. Fika is a social institution, it really just means taking a break to enjoy meeting friends, family, colleagues or loved ones over a great cup of coffee and a Swedish cake.
There are plenty of opportunities to try a Swedish Fika in the UK. Across the country more and more Scandinavian cafes are popping up, serving those amazing 'just out of the oven' sticky cinnamon buns and freshly brewed coffee.
For tips of where to Fika during your trip to Sweden check out the links to the left.
Below are a few places to Fika in the UK:
Fabrique with its heavenly sourdough bread and Swedish buns made it into the Financial Times top 5 best bakeries only a few months after opening its doors to the hip and trendy Shoreditch crowd! This is what the FT had to say about it: "Stylish and serene, this bakery and café with its clean white tiles and perfectly crafted breads is a haven of Scandi cool in Hoxton. Its cinnamon buns are the best this side of the North Sea". Well, we're not going to argue about that!
London E2 8HZ
The newcomer to the London bakery scene! The lovely Bageriet is a slice of Swedish cake heaven right in the heart of London. Make sure you try their velvety soft and delicate Vanilla hearts and you can order a Princess Cake here too!
24 Rose Street
London WC2E 9EA
Nordic Bakery is a lovely Scandinavian-style café right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of London. Try their open rye bread sandwiches, hearty cinnamon buns and cakes, served with excellent coffee. Nordic Bakery can be found in Soho and Marylebone in central London.
Golden Square, London
14a Golden Square
Soho, London W1F 9JG
New Cavendish Street, London
37b New Cavendish Street
Marylebone, London W1G 8JR
Dorset Street, London
48 Dorset Street
London W1U 7NE
Scandinavian Kitchen is all about food from Scandinavia. Try a few open sandwiches on rye bread or just browse their grocery store with over 600 products from all over Scandinavia.
61 Great Titchfield Street
Not a cafe but if you fancy trying your hand at making your own Swedish cake head for Totally Swedish in central London and now also in Barnes. Here you can find numerous Swedish delicacies and ingredients to many Swedish cakes.
32 Crawford Street
66 Barnes High Street
Fika promises to be your home away from home, where lots of lovely people come to eat, drink and relax in whatever way makes you happy. Stop in for a fika at Fika on Brick Lane in trendy East London.
161a Brick Lane
City of London
Peter’s Yard Edinburgh
Peter´s Yard coffee house and bakery is near the University in the new Quartermile development in Edinburgh. This modern incarnation of the traditional coffee house is a place that celebrates the tradition of Fika, a place where the most important thing is to have a break, have a coffee and enjoy each other’s company. They serve a range of artisan bread, crispbreads, pastries, jams and ice cream.
Peter’s Yard Coffee House and Bakery
Quartermile, 27 Simpson Loan
Edinburgh EH3 9GG
Nordic nosh in the quaint town of Totnes in Devon. This Danish owned cafe serves Scandinavian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
12, Ticklemore Street
Svea Cafe in Cheltenham offers a mixture of traditional and contemporary Swedish food in a typical Scandinavian environment. Classical Swedish cuisine homemade on the premises and a Smorgasbord available on first Saturday of each month!
Svea Cafe and Restaurant
24 Rodney Road
We have probably missed a few other Swedish Fika places. Do you know of any other Swedish/Scandinavian cafes around the UK or indeed the World?
If so email us and let us know!