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Top Quiet Places to Study or Co-work in Reykjavik

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Updated: 27 February 2017

Reykjavik is a vibrant city and of course, it is more fun to go to a coffee shop or quiet place to get work done.  Many people often go to the same place to study daily, especially university students. There are many places to check out — enjoy a coffee at these spots and make the most of it.

Reykjavik Coworking Unit

Reykjavik Coworking Unit is conveniently located on Laugarvegur 116, the shopping street, and is an affordable workspace for both short- and long-term workers with laptops. It is a cool converted industrial space with big desks and a nice way to meet other people in a similar position as well. You have 24/7 access, free coffee, Wi-Fi and a kitchen. On top of that, it is located close to many restaurants and supermarkets. Most of the people working there are writers, developers, photographers, illustrators or  web designers  — among others. The price for a day pass ranges from €10 (US$10.56) per day up to €25 (US$26.40) per day depending on membership type.

116 Laugavegur, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland, +354 783 3986

Be productive and get some work done at this co-working space | Public Domain/ Pixabay

Be productive and get some work done at a co-working space | Public Domain/ Pixabay

Reykjavik Roasters

The coffee shop is located near the centre of town and has a fantastic reputation for its coffee — it is often named one of the best spots in town. The coffee shop attracts a diverse crowd of customers which is a great part of the venue’s charm. It is a nice place to enjoy the atmosphere in a cosy place. It’s maybe not the most quiet spot but perfect for those who enjoy an occasional distraction.

Brautarholt 2, Brautarholt, Reykjavík, Iceland, +354 552 3200

Reykjavik Roasters | © Bex Walton - Flickr

Reykjavik Roasters | © Bex Walton – Flickr

National Library of Iceland

The National Library is a very nice and popular place to study, especially for university students. Here you can browse books and magazines if you need sources, use the printer as well as the Wi-Fi. They have floors specifically for quiet studying and you are not allowed to talk there at all. If you need to talk or use the phone, you need to go out in the hallway so as not to disturb others. Otherwise you will be reprimanded by other members and staff who appreciate the quiet atmosphere. There is a nice coffeehouse on the first floor where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal.

Arngrímsgata 3, 107 Reykjavík, Iceland, +354 525 5600


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Kaffitár is located on Bankastraeti 8, downtown Reykjavik. It is one of the most popular coffeehouses and has long been well-known among locals for its exceptional coffee. This place has a loyal clientele who go there for the coffee as well as for a cosy place to write and read. Bankastræti 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland, +354 420 2732

Ida Zimsen

Ida Zimsen is a nice place to study or co-work for a few hours and enjoy some coffee and browse books. They also offer free Wi-Fi. It is a little bohemian bookshop that welcomes you with great staff and light meals and has a very cosy atmosphere that sometimes makes you feel more like visiting friends than a coffee place.

Vesturgata 2a, Grófin, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland, +354 511 5004

Coffee and a book cant go wrong | © Les Williams - Flickr

Coffee and a book – can’t go wrong! | © Les Williams / Flickr