A hot cup of tea. A cinnamon bun, fresh out of the oven. A strong espresso. A chocolate brownie with whipped cream. Let us tell you more about the importance of the Swedish fika.
The concept of fika is a very Swedish thing. Locals know exactly what a fika is, in fact it is a common occurrence in their day to day lives. Some people even have several a day, and for some it is a must. So what exactly is fika?
Actually, we prefer not to translate the word fika but would love to describe it for you. Fika is much more than having a coffee. It's when you set aside time to sit down, have a drink such as coffee or tea and is often accompanied by sweets or open sandwiches. So you could say it's a social gathering and a legitimate reason to set aside a moment for quality time.
Fika can happen at any time, morning as well as evening. It can be savoured at home, at work or in a café. It can be with colleagues, family, friends, or someone you are trying to get to know. It is a tradition observed frequently, preferably several times a day.
Luleå is full of places to enjoy a fika at. We even have to cafés listed in White Guide.
Börje Olssons Konditorier. The well-renowned bakery, established in 1958, serves good coffee, fresh, hearty sandwiches and pastries of their own production. They have an extended assortment with light food, wine and beer. There are also plenty of options for those who have allergies.
Friends Fika & Food. Here you can meet with friends regardless of whether you’re feeling peckish for a fika, hungry for a pleasant lunch whilst out shopping. The goodies from the fika counter are delivered daily from their own bakery and the assortment varies by season and according to the baker’s current inspirations.
Enjoy a fika outside!
Pack your thermos and something warm and soft to sit on and have your Swedish fika outside. If you don't feel like making your own lunch/fika pack you can always ask a café to make your order to go. We can almost promise the coffee will taste even better after a hike in the Luleå woods or along the famous Ice track during the winter months.
Local food dictionary
MUURIKKA: Portable griddle pan, reminiscent of a wok, suitable for cooking outdoors over an open fire.
PALT: Balls/dumplings made with potato, flour and salt, and, depending on the chef, maybe filled with salted pork. Served with butter and lingonberry jam. If you eat too many, you will become drowsy, or as the locals would say, end up in a palt coma.
SURSTRÖMMING: Fermented Baltic herring, served with boiled potatoes and onion, rolled in flatbread. The smell when opening the can is very peculiar but the taste is known to be far more pleasant, mainly salty.
KAFFEOST: Coffee cheese, also known as Finnish squeaky cheese, for the squeaking sound it makes between your teeth when diced and submerged in a hot cup of coffee, instead of pastries. Also makes a good dessert, lightly fried with warm cloudberries.
GÁHKKU: Chewy sami flatbread, preferably made on a muurikka. Closely related to the other Swedish flatbreads klådda and glödkaka (lit. ‘ember cake’).
SOUVAS: Lightly smoked reindeer meat, often salted for preservation. Excellent for outdoor cooking.
TJÄLKNÖL: Frozen wild game, cooked as a steak, on a low heat for many hours, then placed in a salty brine and refrigerated for a few hours before being served as cold cuts.
KÅSA: Traditional drinking or serving container made out of wood, for drinking coffee out in the forest.