The Top 5 Fika Spots in Lund
Upon moving to Sweden, one of the very first things you will learn is that Fika is a Swedish institution. Fika, as defined by the official website of Sweden, is “much more than having a coffee. It is a social phenomenon, a legitimate reason to set aside a moment for quality time. Fika can happen at any time, morning as well as evening. It can be savoured at home, at work or in a café. It can be with colleagues, family, friends, or someone you are trying to get to know. It is a tradition observed frequently, preferably several times a day.” – not to mention the necessary accompanying sweet treats. All this leads to the Swedes being consistently one of the top 10 coffee drinking nations per capita in the world. Therefore, it is vitally important to know the best places to indulge in your daily fika in your area!
Here is the essential guide to the Top 5 Fika Spots in Lund.
5: Det Lilla Caféet På Hörnet
‘The little café on the corner’ is classy, comfy, and despite its location just off Lundagård, never seems to be busy. A good place for whether you’re on your own or in a group with some great healthy sandwich options.
Where: Kyrkogatan 17
Photo Credits: @detlillacafeetpahornet IG
4: Ebba’s Pantry
A very popular spot near the central station and Stortorget. Ebba’s is super-cosy but also one of the larger cafés on this list. This does not necessarily mean it is spacious but there is always somewhere to sit, complete with an outdoor area at the front and back if you’re brave enough. Not cheap but the food and drink are correspondingly excellent. The Oreo brownie is a must!
Where: Bytaregatan 5
3: Hoppipolla Café
What Hoppipolla lacks in space it more than makes up for in charm. As Lund’s hidden gem that shares its name with a Sigur Rós song, it is reminiscent of an over-decorated college dorm. Knickknacks such as miniature versions of popular games like pool and bowling are placed on the tables, books are stacked haphazardly in the corner, random bits and bobs adorn the walls and the ever-pleasant owner will always throw in some words of Italian in conversation. It also offers outdoor seating when the weather is good. Whilst having a more limited food choice than some, all the points here are going for style. The coffee is good and very reasonably priced. Try the ‘nutellino’. Bellissimo.
Where: Kiliansgatan 17
2: Le Croissant
A close-run thing between here and Hoppipolla for 2nd place but France marginally nudges Italy to victory in this case. While the name may be a little uninspired, the food selection in Le Croissant is unparalleled and that propels it to a lofty 2nd place on this list. Comfortable, stylish, popular amongst the locals and with a weird bathroom straight out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, this centrally located café is a must for fika. They also serve a variety of alcohol, if that is your thing.
Where: Lilla Södergatan 2
1: Old Town Cafe
Quiet and unassuming, Old Town Cafe offers comfort, a cozy ambience, and great food selection (both sweet and savoury) that is compounded by the lovely staff. This, coupled with its central location, makes it the undisputed prime fika location in Lund. It is small, however crucially has a large corner table flanked by 3 cushioned benches that is perfect for larger groups, giving it the upper hand on basically every other café. It has a relaxed atmosphere usually sound-tracked by light acoustic covers or reggae, which makes it ideal for after-class discussion or study. Alternatively, sit and watch the world go by through the large windows that peer out onto the street. Try not to spend too many hours chilling here…
Where: Kyrkogatan 23
Photo Credits: Old Town Cafe FB
Honorable Mentions: Pâtisseriet and Coffee Break
*All Photos Credited to Trip Advisor unless otherwise stated*