A Nordic Lunch at FIKA

It’s not often that I get the chance to enjoy New Nordic cuisine. One afternoon during my Minneapolis weekend, I went to the American Swedish Institute to have lunch at FIKA, a small Nordic-inspired cafe inside the Nelson Cultural Center.

American Swedish Institute

In Sweden, Fika is a daily break that traditionally involves coffee and treats. FIKA offers more than that and you’ll find a seasonally-inspired menu dedicated to regional ingredients and Nordic cuisine with a contemporary twist.

Lunch at FIKA

The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday. The space is open and bright. I was seated right away.

Dining Area

I was tempted to have a cocktail, but opted for a lemonade instead. They even offer house-infused Skaalvenn Aquavit that’s made in Minnesota.


I immediately knew that I had to try the Meatballs. I haven’t had Swedish meatballs in a long time.


The juniper-spiced meatballs were juicy and tender.  They were served with cucumbers, potato purée, lingonberry, and mustard.

Cucumber, Potato, Lingonberry

There were a couple specials that day as well. The Salmon Cakes were wonderful.

Salmon Cakes

They were served with a lightly dressed watercress salad with radish and elderberries.


The cakes had a crisp outer crust and went perfectly with the tasty sauces.


I was super pleased with my lunch at FIKA. The service was great and I really enjoyed the food. The place was filling up as I finished my meal and I understood why. Good stuff!


American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 871-4907

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