When travelling, finding a descent cup of coffee can be a bit tricky. And finding a café that combines good atmosphere with a great cup of coffee can be a real lifesaver after a day of exploring. Icelanders are serious about their coffee and they drink alot of it. This love of coffee results in a nice selection of coffeehouses to check out. Since we know that you probably don’t have all the time in the world while visiting we have put together a list of our top 5 coffee picks in and around Reykjavík:
Reykjavík Roasters, Brautarholt 2, 105 Reykjavík
The concept behind Reykjavík Roasters is simple, they want to make great coffee. And they really, really do! Reykjavík Roasters has two coffeehouses in Reykjavík – we prefer the one in Brautarholt, as it is less busy. They also have delicious avocado toast and relaxed atmosphere. What more could you ask for?
Kaffihús Vesturbæjar, Melhagi 22, 107 Reykjavík
Strictly speaking you would classify Kaffihús Vesturbæjar as a bistro but their name literally means coffeehouse and they serve really good coffee. So we are letting it slide. Located a bit out of the center in the west side of Reykjavík, Kaffi Vest (as it is frequently called) has quickly become a local favorite. As it is located just next to swimming pool Vesturbæjarlaug we highly recommend going for a dip and then grabbing a delicious coffee.
Kaffifélagið, Skólavörðustígur 10, 101 Reykjavík
Tiny coffee house on Skólavörðustígur. This is not the place to go to if you are looking for a place to sit at for a long period of time. Kaffifélagið has a large group of loyal customers that come by every morning for a cup of coffee and some catching up. Due to the size of the shop they normally stand on the pavement outside creating a friendly atmosphere.
Pallett, Strandgata 75, Hafnarfjörður
Located in Hafnarfjörður, around 10 km from the centre of Reykjavík. Pallett is a friendly coffee house serving really good coffee. Hafnafjörður is a lovely town with a cute city center. If the weather is nice grabbing a take away and having a walk in park Hellisgerði close to Strandgata.
Mokka, Skólavörðustígur 3A, 101 Reykjavík
Mokka opened in 1958 and it is one of Reykjavík’s oldest cafés. It still has the same fixtures and it really has not changed much since it opened its doors. They serve legendary waffles so make sure you check them out as well. Mokka actually was the first coffee house to install a espresso machine in Iceland – a real pioneer of Icelandic coffee culture!