"Best lunch in Minnesota" - The Star Tribune
FIKA at the American Swedish Institute is an award-winning café focused on Nordic-inspired cuisine, created with regional ingredients by talented Executive Chef Blake Meier and his team.
The Swedish tradition of fika is both a daily break and a national institution, usually involving coffee, pastries and social conversation.
Lunch is served Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The counter is open with a limited menu during non-serving hours. On Wednesdays, the full menu and table service is availble 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. [11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Full menu available]|
Note: Normal hours and the menu change during ASI festival days, such as Midsommar and Julmarknad.
FIKA does not take call-ahead reservations. Please check in with the host to be seated or added to the list. We offer on-site, text message paging to allow you time to explore the Mansion or shop at the Museum Store.
Great for Meetings and After Work Wednesdays
The American Swedish Institute is a great spot for morning meetings and lunch escapes. FIKA is open until 8 p.m. every Wednesday, serving the full menu until closing. We have special drink prices for happy hour (or "After Work" as they say in Sweden). A finely curated selection of crafted cocktails, beer, wine and house-made aquavit is available.
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
Pre-Order Special Pastries and Cakes
Pre-order FIKA's famous, traditional Swedish pastries, including seasonal specials like cardamom rolls and cream semlor buns, or custom cakes for 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.