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FIKA - The Cafe' at ASI

"Best lunch in Minnesota" - The Star Tribune

Fika artwork

FIKA at the American Swedish Institute is an award-winning café which embraces the spirit of the Swedish fika, bringing the best of new Nordic-inspired cuisine to Minneapolis-St.Paul, 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 to socialize -- to not so much talk about work, but to sit down with friends and colleagues for a pleasant treat and a chat.

At ASI's FIKA, you can enjoy coffee with fortitude, egg tarts and Swedish-inspired pastries for fika and breakfast. It is the perfect place for a morning lunch meeting. We are also 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. We are also open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays for later dining. A finely curated selection of crafted cocktails, beer, wine and house-made aquavit is available.

Dine, indoors or out, while enjoying a full view of the historic Turnblad Mansion. When the weather is nice, the enchanting courtyard offers some of the best outdoor dining in the Twin Cities. For folks with children, there is a fully loaded playcart so you can eat while watching them safely cavort on the Mansion grounds.


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.
Monday Closed

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.  Before or after, stroll through the Mansion and the grounds or find something special 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.

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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
  • fika
  • Braised Rabbit
    Braised Rabbit
  • Pastry case at FIKA
    Pastry case at FIKA
  • Cocktails and Summer Sangria
    Cocktails and Summer Sangria
  • 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
  • Daim Almond Butter Semifredo Icecream
    Daim Almond Butter Semifredo Icecream