Freya Cafe to serve Scandinavian cuisine inside new Nordic Museum

For both museum visitors and locals alike, Freya Cafe will open this May inside the new Nordic Museum on the Market St. side. The space (above) is still under construction.

Prepared by City Catering, the menu spans several Scandinavian countries from a Swedish-inspired “personal smörgåsbord” to Danish smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) and “The Hund” and “Great Dane” sausage dogs. The cafe will also offer a selection of aquavit, reports Seattle Weekly.

These are mostly small, shareable plates with prices in the $8-12 range.

Together with the upcoming opening of the Skål Beer Hall on Ballard Ave., it seems Ballard is getting a bit of a re-infusion of Scandinavian cuisine and beverages.

When Freya opens, its hours will be Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. Thursdays). The Nordic Museum’s grand opening is slated for May 5th.

(Photo by Nordic Museum)

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12 thoughts to “Freya Cafe to serve Scandinavian cuisine inside new Nordic Museum”

  1. Old Ballard Liquor Co. has already been offering these and many other delicious foods and beverages. So yes, it’s a re-infusion on what we already have. You might even call it a copy.

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  3. I hate to say this but, City Catering sucks. They know how to make food pretty, but the quality is WAY down there and extremely inconsistent. I know, I have had occasion to see their work, it was, simply, all over the place. They are a catering company and have little to no understanding of how to run a cafe, food counter, or restaurant. Really anywhere that they have to be consistent. They lost their contract with Facebook because they wouldn’t/couldn’t commit the proper people/resources to make it work. Hopefully, when this contract expires, the museum will be in a better position to contract with a company that isn’t simply the lowest bidder.

  4. Ha shur ya betcha, but your article and the reference Seattle weekly (or Weakly) mentioned Swedish, Danish and Finnish foods without a mention of Norwegian food. Oh well, that’s what we get from Geeky Swedes, eh? How about also including Brilliant Norwegians who include the inventor of thr paper clip? Perhaps the Nordic Museum should ask for participation from the Leif Erikson Lodge of the Sons of Norway, Yust a few block east,close to 24th NW on NW 57th.

  5. F*ck your rye crisp! Maybe nobody care anymore! Maybe they should just knock this building down, and build a museum to homogenized Seattle. Whiter than white bread. Or just a build a wonder bread factory and be done with it.

  6. Cafe is hygienic but food quality is not good. Food quality comes from good products. One should take good products and ingredients. The composition should be best and in appropriate per portion.

  7. I like the concept, I hope the fare lives up to my expectations! I’m always down to try new dishes I can’t get at other locales.

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  9. A Scandinavian cafe in a Nordic museum is hardly a “copy” of something else. And I’ve tried several times to go to Old Ballard Liquor Co. for a bite, but each time, they either haven’t opened for food service yet, or they don’t have cardamom bread that day, or they’ve run out. Food is not their focus, which is fine, but a dedicated cafe is different.

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