Like any modern, youthful city, Reykjavik loves its coffee, and there’s no shortage of coffeehouses and cafés for locals to go to and read a book, work or meet friends in. We list some of the best coffee spots in Iceland’s capital.
A minimalist establishment, Reykjavik Roasters, has one of the best cafés in the Icelandic capital since it opened its doors in 2008. The coffee is roasted on site and is imported directly from farmers in Colombia and Nicaragua, ensuring not only the quality of the beans, but also that the the farmers get a fair deal for their produce.
Kárastígur 1, Reykjavik, Iceland +354 517 5535
Located in a yellow house in downtown Reykjavik, Café Babalu is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in town, but also serves excellent coffee, including a tasty chamomile soy latte. The desserts, including chocolate cake, cheesecake and crepes, are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee. Have something to eat and linger over one of the board games on offer.
Skolavoroustigur 22a, Reykjavik, Iceland +354 552 2278
As its name suggests, this establishment is dedicated to providing excellent coffee. It’s the oldest coffee house in Reykjavik, and was the first one to serve espresso. Since it opened in 1958, its style hasn’t changed much, and visitors can admire the quirky Art Deco interior. There’s not much space inside, so those who are lucky enough to bag a table should take advantage and order some delicious waffles to go with their coffee.
Skólavörðustígur 3A, Reykjavik, Iceland, +354 552 1174
This café has several locations throughout the capital, but they all have great service and house-blend coffee. The coffee is made by well-trained baristas who know what they are doing, and the snacks on offer are light, tasty and reasonably priced.
Bankaestraeti 8, Reykjavik, Iceland, +354 511 4540
Stofan means ‘living room’, and there are plenty of comfy couches and chairs in this café. Apart from spectacular coffee, Stofan serves a wide selection of teas, cakes and pastries throughout the day. At night it transforms into a buzzing bar, with a great selection of Icelandic and Scandinavian beers and Irish coffee. The café is a particular favorite with students, both as a place to work, and as a place to chill out.
Vesturgata 3, Reykjavik, Iceland, +354 567 1881