In Sweden, fika is huge. What’s fika, you ask? Pronounced fee-ka, the word is used as both a noun and a verb. At it’s most basic, fika can be translated as a coffee break. But it means so much more than that. You can fika at work, on a date or with friends. Generally, you will drink coffee, have a pastry such as cinnamon rolls and chat. Fika is such a cultural institution in Sweden that even this non coffee drinker has learned not to turn down a fika invitation – it’s an opportunity to interact with friends and co-workers on a social level.
For a little more insight into fika in Stockholm, check out this video that Alexander Farnsworth created.