What is FIKA?

Would you like to do FIKA? FIKA is a wonderful Swedish...

Would you like to do FIKA?

FIKA is a wonderful Swedish tea custom.

Take a relaxing break with family, friends, colleagues, etc. in the morning or early afternoon while drinking coffee or tea.

Many Swedish companies encourage their employees to take fika twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Fika of 15 minutes x 2 = 30 minutes is paid. What a wonderful habit!

For Swedes, fika is more than just a break, it is an essential tea time to improve the quality of life.

Enjoy conversation over sweets such as cinnamon buns, pastries, and cookies, and enjoy a relaxing moment to the fullest.

Syltgrottor och Kaffe
Syltgrottor och Kaffe

coffee to slow down

Swedish American writer Anna Brones, who wrote my favorite recipe book, fika, says this about fika:

" In many places in the world, coffee is often equated with speed. we drink it to wake up, we grab a latte on the go, and if we need an afternoon pick-me-up, we reach for the office coffee pot. "

"In Sweden it's practically the opposite, more commonly representing a pause in the day, a time to slow down. Breaking for coffee is an excuse to enjoy a break from what you're doing; it's important to make time to enjoy life."

Anna Brones & Johanna Kindvall
"fika" The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break
Published by TEN SPEED PRESS

Syltgrottor och Kaffe
Syltgrottor och Kaffe

"In many cities around the world, coffee seems to be a drink associated with speed.

For example, you can drink a cup of coffee while rubbing your sleepy eyes to wake up in the morning, grab a take-out latte on the way to work and walk into the office with coffee in a paper cup, or grab a cup of coffee in the afternoon to wake up when you're feeling sleepy. An office coffee pot that will help you...

People often drink coffee to "speed things up."

Coffee in Sweden is the opposite. It has the meaning of taking a break during the day.

Fika is meant to slow you down, not speed you up.

Drinking coffee is a simple way to enjoy a break from whatever work you're doing. Fika symbolizes the importance of making time to enjoy life. ”

Anna Brones & Johanna Kindvall
Excerpt/translation from “fika” The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break

Syltgrottor och Kaffe
Syltgrottor och Kaffe

Ska vi fika?

I think coffee is a great way to slow down. When I think about it, coffee seems to be more flavorful and enjoyable than usual.

Swedes often say the phrase "Ska vi fika?" It means "Shall we have some tea?"

It makes me smile when I think about how many people in Sweden say this word every day around 10am and 3pm. Probably around 70% of the total population!

I hope fika will spread in Japan as well.



  • Reopened on February 5, 2024!

    Feb 4, 2024

    Fikahuset reopened on February 5th...

  • “First, make yourself sustainable” We donated a portion of our sales in 2023 to a Swedish NPO nature conservation group.

    Jan 9, 2024

    Thank you for your continued...

  • Reopening of Fikahuset is scheduled for January 2024

    Nov 25, 2023

    Fikahuset was able to safely...



something to read

  • 今日は北欧ワッフルの日(Våffeldagen)

    Mar 25, 2024

    今日(3月25日)は、スウェーデンではワッフルの日(Våffeldagen)。この日は北欧の多くの人がワッフルを焼いて食べます。 なぜワッフルの日と呼ばれるの?実はキリスト教の聖母マリアの受胎告知の日と関係があります。ハート型のワッフルメーカーで香ばしくカリッとクリスピーなワッフルを焼くポイントもお伝え。

  • 今日はスウェーデンのお菓子 Semla セムラの日

    Feb 13, 2024

    Semla(セムラ)って? 今日は、スウェーデンでは Semla(セムラ)の日。 セムラとは、カルダモン入りのふわふわのパンの中にアーモンドペーストと生クリームが入っている、とってもおいしいスイーツです。 アーモンドペーストと生クリームをパンでサンドしたようなかたちで、とてもフォトジェニック。...

  • What is FIKA?

    Jan 3, 2024

    FIKA is a wonderful Swedish...