The Best Coffee Shops in Akureyri, Iceland

Delicate teacup at Kaffi Illmur
Delicate teacup at Kaffi Illmur | © James Petts / flickr
Discover Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city located in close proximity to the Arctic Circle. While the city is actually fairly small, it offers its own variety of coffee shops worth visiting. Explore the city and its selection of cafés with our list of the best coffee shops in Akureyri.

Kaffi Ilmur

Cafe, American, Northern European, European, $$$
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Kaffi Ilmur | © Kaffi Ilmur

This adorable café was originally built in 1911 as a saddler’s shop and later served as a goldsmith’s shop. After being extensively restored by the descendants of the original saddler, the café still feels like a relic of the past with original walls, flooring and roof as well as the same pictures and furniture. The café, which is at the top of a long set of stairs, serves breakfast, pastries and lunch with a focus on homemade varieties. The coffee menu is standard, but the list of cakes includes one called Ingimar (chocolate cake with coconut, berries, cream, marzipan, and chocolate layers) that definitely makes this a coffee shop to visit.

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Cafe Berlin

Cafe, American, Northern European, European, $$$
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Cafe Berlin | © Cafe Berlin

This small café in central Akureyri has a minimalist decor with a muted color scheme. The café caters specifically to breakfast and lunch on weekdays and brunch on the weekends. Outside of breakfast hours, the café turns into a coffee shop with a selection of cakes such as chocolate meringue and other pastries.

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Meal service:

Breakfast, Brunch

Atmosphere:

Arty, Casual

Te og Kaffi

Bakery, Cafe, European, Northern European, $$$

Established in 1984, Te og Kaffi became the first coffee company in Iceland. The company has allowed Icelanders to experience specialty coffee drinks in their homeland as well as introducing the nuances of the coffee making process in courses and tastings. Here, you will absolutely find a variety of coffees and teas made by professionals and enthusiasts. Although the company has a few locations concentrated in Reykjavik, this is the only branch in Akureyri and is situated inside Eymundsson bookstore.

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Meal service:

Breakfast, Takeaway, Dessert, All Day, Afternoon Tea

Atmosphere:

Boutique, Casual

Orðakaffi

Cafe, Northern European
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Café at Municipal Library of Akureyri | Café at Municipal Library of Akureyri

Orðakaffi or ‘Coffee Words’ as it’s called in Icelandic is a café located upstairs in the Akureyri Municipal Library. While the coffee menu is standard, it is the proximity of being in a library that makes it one of the best coffee shops in town. They also offer light meals for lunch and cake and pastries that are available all day.

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Meal service:

Dessert, Afternoon Tea, Breakfast

Atmosphere:

Boutique, Cosy

Bláa Kannan

Bakery, Bistro, Cafe, European, Northern European
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The Blue Can | © The Blue Can

A visit to Bláa Kannan (The Blue Can) is one of the best experiences you will have in Akureyri. Located on the main street in a midnight blue building with white trim, this charming café with a wooden interior and soft, chandelier lighting offers some of the most delicious cakes around.

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Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Cosy, Romantic
These recommendations were updated on January 25, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.