Fika is a Swedish word used both as a noun and a verb.  As a noun it roughly means the same as coffee break; as a verb it is used to describe the actual action of taking a coffee break (that is, to drink coffee).

Traditionally fika is accompanied by some sort of snack food, the most common being baked goods (particularly cinnamon rolls). Although in some cases biscuits, cookies or even tea sandwiches are used.

You can fika at:

  • work by taking a coffee break
  • a café or konditori (a patisserie-based coffeehouse) with someone as a coffee date
  • home

Fika is social institution in Sweden and it’s regarded by Swedes as an important part of their culture.


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