People sitting in Fika


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.

The StarTribune "2014 Best of MN"
Best Juicy Lucy - Fika (Available Wednesdays from 3pm - 8pm)

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. The suggested time to take a fika is 30 minutes.

Cost: $9 per guest with a 10 person minimum. Sales tax and gratuity included.

Boxed Lunch
Your choice of ham/cheese, turkey/cheese, chicken salad or vegetarian sandwiches (pick two). Boxed lunches include with whole fruit, bag of chips and house made chocolate chunk cookie. Suggested meal time is 30 minutes.

Cost: $15 per guest with a 10 person minimum. Sales tax and gratuity included.

Ever wonder what your doppelgänger in Sweden would eat for lunch? This is your chance to find out with this contemporary everyday Swedish lunch. This option includes a beef smörgås (open-faced sandwich), a home made soup or salad, depending on season. Served with coffee and water. Would you like to add sweet treats? Inquire with the catering team! Suggested meal time is 1 hour.

Cost: $18 per guest with a 10 person minimum. Sales tax and gratuity included.

Traditional Swedish Meal
With this plated meal, your group will enjoy a dinner that features traditional Swedish dishes. You will start with a preset combination plate of beet salad and cucumber dill salad with baskets of rye bread and butter. An entree of Swedish meatballs, potato puree, Lingonberry and sweet mustard will be served following salads. And last but not least, Chef’s choice dessert will follow the entree. Dinner is served with coffee and water. Suggested meal time is 1 hour.

Cost: $23 per guest with a 20 person maximum. Sales tax and gratuity included.

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 and lingonberries. Top it of with a Swedish dessert of Chef’s choice. Served with coffee and water. Suggested meal time is 1 hour.

Cost: $23 per guest with a 20 person minimum. Sales tax and gratuity included.

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 Amanda VanderPlas at 612-524-5105 or email her

Waitress carrying food


Café Hours:
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.

Fika's Nordic Open Face Sandwich


American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Alexa Wyatt
Restaurant Manager

Blake Meier
Executive Chef

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

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