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FIKA, the Cafe at ASI

Fika artwork

In Sweden, fika is a daily break, traditionally involving coffee, pastries and conversation.  Fika is also a Swedish social institution, a dedicated time for friends and colleagues to chat, not so much about work, but to catch up on life outside of the office and trade stories.

FIKA at the American Swedish Institute, which embraces the spirit of fika, is an award-winning café that brings the best of new Nordic-inspired cuisine to Minneapolis-St.Paul. Led by Executive Chef Blake Meier, FIKA offers a seasonally inspired menu dedicated to regional ingredients and Scandinavian traditions. 

Guests can enjoy coffee with fortitude, espresso, egg tarts and Swedish-inspired house-made pastries for breakfast; artful salads, soups, signature dishes such as Swedish meatballs and gravlax, modern interpretations of open-face sandwiches and specialty dishes for lunch and dinner. A finely curated selection of beer, wine, house-made aquavit and specialty cocktails is available throughout the week.

Are you a fan of pastries? FIKA can guarantee you won’t miss out on your favorite Swedish or other specialties when you call us in advance at call 612.524.5108.  We just ask for 24-hour minimum notice, minimum quantity of 4 and payment due on placement of the order.  Pick up at the counter during regular business hours.

Visit this additional site for more information about FIKA, plus lunch, dinner, desserts and other special options.



Lunch menu is available 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday.

On Wednesdays, dinner is served from 3 until 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Wednesday 8:30 a.m.– 8 p.m.
Saturday* 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday* 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Monday Closed

Dine while enjoying a full view of the historic Turnblad Mansion, outdoor dining in the enchanting courtyard, weather permitting, and a fully loaded playcart for the kids, so you can eat while they safely cavort.


FIKA does not take call-ahead reservations. Please check in with the host when you arrive to be seated or put your name on the list. We are also pleased to offer on-site text message paging, giving you time to explore the historic Turnblad Mansion, ASI exhibitions and the ASI Museum Store before your meal. 

Happy Hour or "After Work" Wednesdays (3-8 p.m.)

FIKA, the store and ASI are open every Wednesday until 8 p.m. Join the Swedes in celebrating what they call “After Work,” AKA "happy hour" by stopping by FIKA on Wednesday evenings for specials on curated, custom-made cocktails, house-made aquavit, a fine selection of wine and local as well as international beers. If you would like to make your "After Work" into a dinner and a stroll through the Mansion, we also serve the full menu. The summer courtyard is an ideal place to dine and imbibe.

Media Attention:

"Best Lunch In Minnesota" - Star Tribune 

"Minnesota Museum Cafe sets National Standard" - Post and Courier

"More than a museum cafe, this bright spot is a serious attempt to integrate local ingredients in dishes that are faithful to the tradition of “fika,” an institution in Sweden." - New York Times

"A patio straight out of your fairy tale European castle vacation, the best gravlax in town and great cocktails." - Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

"Minnesota Museum Cafe sets National Standard" - Post and Courrier

"Fat Tuesday Nordic-Style Means Big, Sweet Buns" - National Public Radio

"Where to Eat Great Meatballs Coast to Coast" - Food Network

"9 Standout Meatballs Across the Country" - Serious Eats

"The Iconic Dishes of the Twin Cities" - Eater

"Underrated Summer Patios in the Twin Cities" - Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine

"Oh, how Swede it is" - Star Tribune's Rick Nelson 

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    Short Ribs Open Face Sandwich at FIKA
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    Pastry case at FIKA
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    Cocktails at FIKA
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    Sea Bass at FIKA