The very fact that a coffee break with something small and sweet—say, a cinnamon bun or a chocolate truffle—has its own word (fika) says everything you need to know about its importance to Swedish society. Its popularity has created a lively café culture throughout West Sweden, and there’s no better place to enjoy a fika of your own than in Alingsås, often referred to as “the capital of fika.” Just half an hour by train from Gothenburg, the charming wooden center is home to a remarkable selection of cafés— between 25 and 30 at last count—each serving their own specialty treat. If you can’t decide, join a guided fika tour offered by the local tourist office.
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