Fika in Stockholm

I have to get my daily fix of caffeine wherever I go. I also make it a point to hunt down the must-have local desserts to complement the coffee, more so when their consumption is part of the country’s culture.

The Swedes have fika – a time when friends gather over cups of coffee and favourite pieces of sin. Like how the English have their tête-à-tête about weather over scones and earl grey, and Singaporeans bond over their toasted kaya bread and kopi kosong whatever time of day. So, fika SJ and I did whenever the tummy churns.

We had heard about how wonderful Swedish cinnamon buns were and so had ourselves bite into some on a Sunday fika. Hmmm. Not too sweet…good. It had a hint of ginger…maybe that was the selling point. Otherwise, it was alright.

For our fika today, we waltzed into Vate-katten, a bakery established since1928. The interior retained bits of its past but had been largely modernized. What caught my attention were the little odd nooks that the proprietor cleverly turned into pretty seating areas – patrons could squeeze into some and have their rendezvous without others realizing their presence. But I like the courtyard best.

There was also quite the impressive display of baked goodies to choose from. I was overcome by gluttony so I picked the largest slice of cake they had. It turned out to be a fantastic choice – almond and raspberry sections of glorious cake fused together by light, fresh cream and wrapped in a thin layer of not-so-sweet lime marzipan; Princesstärta (Princess Cake) is its name. Sooo gooood!

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Paired it with fragrant earl grey tea, and we were in seventh heaven. ‘Tis the satiation of a mid-afternoon craving for sweets.

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