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  • Writer's pictureTini Ismail

Hemlängtan? Inga problem...

The one place you will feel at home....

Photos courtesy of Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro

I remembered many, many years back when an ex-colleague found out about Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro through her friends, she was buzzing about it. She "strongly adviced" that I checked it out because she was aware of my obsession with everything Swedish (still obsessing!).

As exciting as it sounded, I have always been a little skeptical about the authenticity of places that claimed to be from a certain country. Don't get me wrong. I have been to eateries that claimed to be "authentic" only to be disappointed. HOWEVER, this is NOT one of such places.

Genuinely Swedish

The only thing you'll be saying when you step out...... "Faaaan! Vad helt underbart gott! MUMSIGT!"

The Dinner

The year was 2010. A good friend had flown in from Belgium for a short visit to Singapore. This was my first experience at Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro. The moment I entered through the doors of this bistro, for that split second, I thought I was back in Sweden. The white walls, wooden furniture, the photos AND that tin of surströmming on the wall...! Oh no! You don't see a tin of surströmming in every household in Sweden! Not everyone likes it. It was the calm, cozy and homely ambience reminded me of the time I spent at Murbo Gård and somehow I knew this place was going to be awesome. Food came and we NGAAAAP....nom...nom...nom....Bbbbbrrrrrpppp...we didn't even stop to take photos of what we ordered.

Well, this place had gone through some renovation since and it feels even more homely. Even their menu has evolved towards healthy eating. The staff are friendly and helpful as they have always been. I have brought a couple of visiting Swedish friends over and they were impressed! Oh by the way, "TOA" is short for "toilet" or "washroom" just in case you are wondering.

Köttbullar, Pyt i Panna, Pannbiff...all here!

This two-storey HALAL Swedish bistro opened its doors in 2008. Their selections of true blue Swedish cuisine such as havregrynsgrött, köttbullesmörgås and korvstroganoff, and dessert (kladkaka!!!) will certainly fill you up and leave you happy. If you are more conscious about what you eat, the "Be Well" menu offers a variety of delicious hearty whole-food just for you.

Perfect spot for a date, catching up with friends or for a private wedding reception upstairs.

Konditori - Artisan Bakes

Following the success of this cafe and bistro, the dynamic duo owners opened Konditori in 2016 which is located near the Sultan Mosque. This confectionery is such a delight! The first thing that caught my eyes the moment I entered were the three rows of SEMLOR calling to me! It is the only pastry shop that sells semlor all year round! YEAH! Other favourites such as cinnamon buns, strawberry cream cheese danish, a selection of croissants, and fresh brioche, sourdoug, and many more mouth-watering fresh bakes are available.

So whenever you're craving for some home-cooked Swedish dishes OR feeling too lazy to cook or if you're simply curious about what the Swedes eat. Head down to Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro and remember to grab some kanelbulle and semla for fika before you go home.

Due to the current Covid19, do take note of their operating hours during the circuit breaker period.

Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro

257 Beach Road

Singapore 199451

+65 6396 9096

Konditori - Artisan Bakes

33 Bussorah Street Singapore 199451

+65 6209 8580

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