People sitting in Fika
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of our guests and out team, Fika has closed to public until further notice. We would like to thank you for giving us a wonderful opportunity to serve. But now we must urge everyone to stay home and be a part of making this health crisis as brief and manageable as possible. Thank you and remember, we value you, and looking forward to welcoming you back soon!!


In Sweden, fika is a daily break, traditionally involving coffee and treats. In truth, fika is about much more than caffeine and carbohydrates; it's a Swedish social institution, where friends gather to chat about life and current events.

FIKA is the American Swedish Institute's Nordic-inspired café inside the Nelson Cultural Center. With the historic Turnblad Mansion in full view, guests dining at FIKA can choose from a seasonally-inspired menu dedicated to regional ingredients and New Nordic cuisine.

FIKA offers family friendly meals and every week in summer (beginning Memorial Day) you will find something new and surprising while dining outside in the courtyard. Our outdoor play cart gives ASI's youngest visitors the tools to encourage a sense of wonder and enrich their visit.

City Pages "Best of Award"
Best Place to Eat Out with Your Kids - Fika

Beautiful appetizer on a very fancy plate


We celebrate Sweden’s legacy of food every day.  You’ll always find Gravlax, Swedish Meatballs, Cardamom Buns and Swedish Pastries on our otherwise seasonally inspired menu. Traditional holiday indulgences are one of FIKA’s hallmarks as well.  Stop by during Lent for Semlor, (cream-filled buns) or on March 25th for Våffeldagen (Waffle Day).  Kanelbullens Dag (Cinnamon Bun Day) is October 4th, and you can try Lussekatter (saffron buns) on St. Lucia Day, December 13th.  We throw a festive Kräftskiva (Crayfish party) in August, and host a Lutfisk holiday dinner in November. See Menu

Chef Blake Meier


Chef Blake Meier has been working in the culinary industry for more than a decade at places including Porter & Frye, D’Amico catering and Metropolitan Clubs. As part of Graves Hospitality, he worked at Cosmos, managed the opening and ran operations at Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse.

Blake got his first job in a kitchen at a fast food restaurant washing dishes. He quickly moved up the ranks to bussing tables and wait-assisting. Meier became a chef at D’Amico catering in 2009 where he worked his way through college and earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the Art Institutes in Minneapolis.

At D’Amico, Meier fell in love with the art of cooking. In 2011, Meier earned a position at Porter & Frye (now Monello) working with James Winberg. He has also been involved in several freelance graphic design projects, including creating the logo designs for Travail Kitchen and Amusements.

When the new Twins stadium opened, Meier was recruited as the sous chef in the Metropolitan Clubs. After three seasons, Meier accepted a position at Cosmos in the Graves Hotel. Starting as a daytime line cook, his dedication, passion and creativity quickly propelled him to chef de cuisine. Working under executive chef and mentor John Occhiato, he became adept at seasonal menu development, sourcing local ingredients and successfully implementing a fine dining, coursed dinner.

Couple enjoying beverages at Fika


Fika has garnered lots of favorable press since we have been open. The New York Time said we are "more than a museum cafe", Food Network "Minnesota's Most-Iconic Dishes" and Fika was also featured on Good Morning America’s list of things to do in Minneapolis. See More Press

Cookies on a tray


If you are planning a group tour of the museum and cultural center, let FIKA enhance your visit with several dining options:

Fika is a social institution in Sweden. It means “having a break,” most often a coffee break. At ASI, you will enjoy one of our house made pastries and a delicious cup of our Tiny Footprint Coffee.

$9 per guest with a 10 person minimum.

Ever wonder what your doppelgänger in Sweden would eat for lunch? This is your chance to find out with this contemporary everyday Swedish open-faced sandwich combo lunch. This option includes an Egg Salad or Seasonal Smörgås, and a seasonal home made soup or salad. Served with coffee and water. Would you like to add sweet treats? Inquire with the catering team!

$19 per guest with a 10 person minimum.

For group larger than 20 guests, you can enjoy a traditional Smörgåsbord. This buffet is filled with cucumber dill salad, beet salad, rye bread and butter, mashed potatoes, Swedish meatballs, lingonberries and Chef’s Choice Swedish dessert. Served with coffee and water.

$25 per guest with a 20 person minimum.

Optional Enhancements
Assorted Coke Products and LaCroix Sparkling Water $3.50 Each
Swedish Thumbprint Cookies or Kokostoppars $34 per Dozen

Sales tax and service charge included.

Inquire with the catering team for more options.

We suggest 30 minutes for a fika and 1-hour for lunch.


Catered Affairs
The historic Turnblad Mansion and contemporary Nelson Cultural Center are the perfect settings for weddings, corporate meetings, private parties and special events. For more information, please visit our in house catering company Slate and Stone.

**Inquire with the catering department to add additional beverages. To discuss your group dining options, please call Cailin Oakes at 612-524-5105 or email her

Waitress carrying food


Café Hours:
Lunch is served Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The counter is open with a limited menu during non-serving hours. On Wednesdays, the full menu and table service is available until 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 8:30am – 5pm (full menu 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Wednesday: 8:30am – 8pm (full menu 11am – 8pm)

Sunday: 11am – 5pm (full menu 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Closed Mondays

After Work Wednesdays!
3pm – 8pm
Swedes celebrate happy hour by going out for an "after work", and while you might not have the chance to make it to Stockholm for your own Swedish happy hour, there's After Work Wednesdays at ASI!

FIKA does not take reservations.

FIKA is closed the following holidays: New Year's Day, President's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Please Note: Normal hours and menu change during ASI festival days and events, including the 3rd Saturday in June for Midsommar and the first weekend in December for Julmarknad.

Fika's Nordic Open Face Sandwich


American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Carolyn Tichich
Restaurant Manager

Blake Meier
Executive Chef

2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis MN 55407-1090
612.871.4907 | Fax 612.871.8682

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