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FIKA - The Café at ASI

FIKA has reopened with new hours and procedures!

NEW Hours & Service Changes

  • FIKA is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • Full lunch menu and counter ordering, with food brought to your table, is available from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (the counter is open with a beverage menu during non-serving hours).
  • Upon arrival, check in at the counter to see if a table is available.
  • FIKA has limited indoor and outdoor capacity, and you may be asked to wait.  
  • Please plan to pay with a credit or debit card.
  • Pre-order bakery items by emailing
  • Gift cards for the restaurant are available, and make great gifts. Contact us to purchase and have them mailed.
  • Introducing: FIKA Marketplace

Fika artwork

About the cafe

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.


More Information

A Taste of FIKA

  • The New Nordic Gravlax
    The New Nordic Gravlax
  • Swedish Meatballs
    FIKA's Famous Swedish Meatballs
  • fika
  • 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.