"Best lunch in Minnesota" - The Star Tribune
FIKA at the American Swedish Institute is an award-winning café embracing the spirit of the Swedish fika and bringing the best of new Nordic-inspired cuisine to Minnesota and the region. Led by Executive Chef Blake Meier, FIKA offers a seasonally inspired menu dedicated to regional ingredients and Scandinavian traditions.
In Sweden, fika is both a daily break and a national institution. Traditionally involving coffee, pastries and conversation, it is a dedicated time for friends and colleagues to socialize.
Start your day at FIKA and enjoy coffee with fortitude, egg tarts, gravlax smörgås (open faced sandwich), and Swedish-inspired pastries. It is the perfect place for morning and lunch meetings. We are known for our lunches, serving artful salads, house-made soups, signature dishes such as Swedish meatballs and gravlax, modern versions of Nordic open-faced sandwiches and specialty dishes for lunch and early dinner. And don't forget desert. Wednesdays are a great time to visit when we are open until 8 p.m. for for happy hour (or "After Work" as they say in Sweden) and later dining. A finely curated selection of crafted cocktails, beer, wine and house-made aquavit is available.
Dine indoors or outside, while enjoying a full view of the historic Turnblad Mansion. The enchanting courtyard offers some of the best outdoor dining in the Twin Cities. For children there is a fully loaded playcart, so adults can dine while watching the kids play safely.
Tuesday through Sunday the menu is available 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The counter is open with a limited menu during non-menu hours.
On Wednesdays, dinner is served until 8 p.m.
|Tuesday, Thursday & Friday||
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. [11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Full menu available for lunch; 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., serving counter beverages and snacks.]
|Wednesday||8:30 a.m.– 8 p.m. [11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Full menu available]|
|Saturday*||8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. [11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Kitchen open for lunch; 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. serving counter beverages and snacks.]|
|Sunday*||11 a.m.–5 p.m.|
Note: Normal hours and menu change during ASI festival days. (The third weekend in June for Midsommar and the first weekend in December for Julmarknad)
FIKA does not take call-ahead reservations. Please check in when you arrive to be seated or put your name on the list. We are pleased to offer on-site text message paging, allowing you time to explore the historic Turnblad Mansion, ASI exhibitions and the Museum Store before you dine.
Happy Hour or "After Work" Wednesdays (3-8 p.m.)
FIKA, the Store and ASI are open every Wednesday until 8 p.m. Stop by and join the Swedes in celebrating “After Work,” or "Happy Hour" as known in the U.S. for specials on crafted cocktails, local aquavit, fine wine and international beers as well as dinner from the full menu. Stroll through the Mansion and the grounds and shop at the Museum Store.
Pre-Order Special Pastries and Cakes
Pre-order FIKA's famous, traditional Swedish pastries, including season specials like the delectable cardamom rolls and whipped cream semlor buns, or custom birthday or other cakes for your special gatherings. Just call 612-524-5108. For pastries, we ask for a 24-hour notice, a minimum quantity of four and payment when you place the order. For cakes, we need a week's notice. Pick your order up at the counter during business hours.
A Taste of FIKA
"Best Lunch In Minnesota" - Star Tribune
"Minnesota Museum Cafe sets National Standard" - Post and Courier
"A patio straight out of your fairy tale European castle vacation dreams...plus, 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
"Underrated Summer Patios in the Twin Cities" - Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine
"Oh, how Swede it is" - Star Tribune's Rick Nelson