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FIKA - The Café at ASI

"Best lunch in Minnesota" - The Star Tribune

Fika artwork

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.


Full lunch menu and table service is Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The counter is open with a limited menu during non-serving hours. On Wednesdays, the full menu and table service is available until 8 p.m. 

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  [Full menu lunch service available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.] 

Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. [Full menu lunch service available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.]
Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Full menu lunch service available from 11 a.m. to  3 p.m.]
Monday Closed

Note: Normal hours and menu change during ASI festival days and events, including the 3rd Saturday in June for Midsommar and the first weekend in December for 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 if there is a wait for a table. 

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.

More Information

FIKA's Menu

Swedish meatballs at FIKA are an iconic Twin Cities' dish.

A Taste of FIKA

  • The New Nordic Gravlax
    The New Nordic Gravlax
  • Swedish Meatballs
    FIKA's Famous Swedish Meatballs
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  • Pastry case at FIKA
    Pastry case at FIKA
  • FIKA's Bloody Swede
    FIKA's Bloody Swede - Named 2017 Best Bloody Mary by City Pages
  • Cocktails at FIKA
    Cocktails at FIKA
  • Dining in the courtyard
    Dining in the outdoor courtyard

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 

Pre-Order Pastries 

Pre-order FIKA's traditional Swedish pastries, including seasonal specials like semla buns, by calling 612-524-5108. We ask for a 24-hour notice, a minimum quantity of six and payment when you place the order. Pick your order up at the counter.