Sunday, September 07, 2008

Why It Is So Cool To Live In Linköping - Part 4: Åbacka Cafe

In our occasional series virtually touring Linköping, and choosing a few of the many reasons why it is just so cool to live here, we’ve discovered one colossal cathedral, an oh-so-Swedish 19th century-style restaurant, a “jätte roligt” woodcarver’s shop in Linköping’s Old Town and now we arrive to the premiere location to “fika” in all of Linköping….

Åbacka Café.

Åbacka Café, though opening only in 1998, sure seems like it was opened in 1898 or even 1798. This fika fare delight found just across the river from Linköping Centrum captures all-too many aspects of Swedish life in one quaint, you guessed it, röd små stuga (little red house). Some examples of quintessential Sweden uncovered in this quaint riverside hideaway:

  • If you don’t know where it is, you might just miss it because it is so unassuming.

  • The humble exterior masks the tasty treats and friendly service found just inside.

  • Coffee, buns, pastries all around and, best of all, waffles. That’s right, waffles. Did I get your attention, America?

  • The hours are a bit challenging – you need them more than they need you.

  • Though open and accessible year-round, Åbacka Café is best enjoyed in the summer time.

  • Outdoor seating in summer or indoors during winter, after a few moments at Åbacka Café, you are convinced your Mom would love this place….

For those here in Linköping, just cross the Drottningatan bridge and turn right. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 10 – 17 in the off-season and daily 10 - 17 in the summer.


Anna H said...

Oh, that sounds nice, that will be a nice goal on my next visit in Linköping. I was there this weekend, but it was Busfabriken and my brothers children that got the attention this time.

Anonymous said...

I live about 200-300 m from that place and see it every time I walk in to city, but I have never been there... that's not good. Time for a change! :)

sk said...

As i have moved to Linköping last week, i will follow your advice and visit this cafe.It looks very cosy