Fika is a long standing Swedish tradition. More often than not, it is an impromptu or informal gathering of two or more people meeting to indulge in drinking coffee and eating baked goods, and having conversation. During these gatherings, the attendees’ chit chat about any variety of subject matters. It is normal for a person to join his/her colleagues, friends or family members up to two times in a single day for Fika. The Swedes consumed so much coffee that the country consistently ranked among the top coffee drinking countries in the world per capita. So it is hard to believe that coffee was banned five times in Sweden.
During Fika, while any variety of buns are acceptable many Swedes prefer cinnamon sweet buns. In their appearances, these buns displayed individual twirled and wrapped around coils of molded flour bands that collectively are formed into almost rounded-flat dough breads, then sprinkled with refined sugar and or cinnamon dust.
Traditionally, the buns eaten at Fika were handmade and some Swedes still attributed great buns to coming from a true Swedish home as opposed to commercially produced at a bakery. There is even the Home Baking Council. “It goes against the ethos of the Home Baking Council to recommend that you get your buns from a bakery, but most Swedes will insist they know where to get the best ones, like Konditori Brogyllen in Gothenburg and Vurma in Stockholm. For a smart use of day-old cinnamon buns, make a stop at Bageri Petrus in Stockholm, where yesterday’s buns are sliced and toasted – making them perfect for dipping in coffee.” — Try Swedish
Because of the long dark hours during most months, Fika often takes place indoors. But when summer arrive Fika is taken outside. As you can imagine, this is a festive time for the Swedes, and visitors alike. Many establishments, including cafes and bakeries, go to work setting up outside chairs and tables, and locals flock to the parks for picnicking.
Article by: Ana Sabrina Mora