Café FIKA

The idea for café FIKA, a little piece of Sweden in the heart of Paris, came about when two food-loving travellers, Caroline and Damien, discovered the culture of Sweden.
A cup of coffee with milk and a plate with biscuits on a wooden table between light and shade.

These two Parisians, who had been catering for cultural events for over ten years, fell in love with Sweden and its cuisine when they toured the country together. They especially loved the concept of fika* and brought it back with them, making it into the theme of their courtyard café at the Institut Suédois.

Traditionally, fika is a snack break that takes place several times a day. In the olden days, it would punctuate long days in the fields, because the summers were too short to stop for a proper sit-down meal at harvest time. From breakfast buns to family teatime with breaks in between, there might be up to seven fikas a day!

Fika remains a moment of calm in a busy day, and at the Institut Suédois the emphasis is firmly on quality. Caroline and Damien offer a fika for every time of day in the heart of the Marais: pastries and hot beverages in the morning; salads and open sandwiches for a light lunch; delicious afternoon snacks; and pre-dinner drinks and nibbles in the early evening – all featuring fresh seasonal produce.

 Opening hours

  • Wednesday – Sunday / 10:00 – 19:00
  • Friday / 10:00 – 20:00

*a fika is a light, friendly morning or afternoon snack.