The Top Brunch and Breakfast Places in Akureyri, Iceland

Kaffi Illmur
Kaffi Illmur | © James Petts / Flickr
Photo of Camille Buckley
3 October 2018

Akureyri is located far up in Northern Iceland, yet this small town offers gems worth visiting when in need of a great Icelandic breakfast. Here are the ones you should not miss.

Bláa Kannan

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

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. They make freshly baked bread every morning and they’re available on the breakfast menu.

Te og Kaffi

Bakery, Cafe, European, Northern European, $$$
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Te og Kaffi | © Te og Kaffi

Established in 1984, Te and Kaffi was the first coffee company in Iceland to allow Icelanders to experience specialty coffee drinks in their homeland. The cafe also introduced the nuances of the coffee making process by offering courses and tastings. While the company has a few locations concentrated in Reykjavik, this is the only one in Akureyri and is situated inside the Eymundsson bookstore. Besides coffee and tea, you can find an assortment of pastries and sandwiches – a great breakfast option.

Bakaríið við Brúna

Bakery, Cafe, European, Northern European, $$$
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Bakkaríið við Brúna | © Bakkaríið við Brúna

This small bakery opens early (7am) and has a small dining area where you can enjoy simple coffee drinks and freshly baked pastries and bread. Throughout the rest of the day, they offer soups, sandwiches and cakes.

Akureyri Backpackers

Bar, Restaurant, American, Northern European, European
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Akureyri Backpackers Brunch | © Akureyri Backpackers
This downtown hostel is the quintessential backpacker hostel with a bar and restaurant downstairs where travelers, as well as locals, can be found. Eclectic furniture and wall hangings as well as outdoor adventure guides and books can be found scattered around the place. The menu is simple, starting with breakfast at 7.30 and a daily special for lunch and dinner. For breakfast, you can choose from a buffet or the menu, which offers things such as the Brexit Breakfast. On weekends a delicious one-course, hearty brunch is offered (eggs, sausage, bacon, potato wedges, pancakes) – perfect for starting your outdoor trek.

1862 - Nordic Bistro

Bistro, Northern European
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1862 - Nordic Bistro | © 1862 - Nordic Bistro

This bistro is located inside Hof Culture House, a prominent wooden building on the harbor where cultural events in the area take place. The bistro takes its name from the year Akureyri received township from the Danish King, Fredrik VII. It was officially in business at the opening of Hof Culture house, which was on the birthday of the city on August 29th, 2010. The bistro offers brunch every Sunday from 11am to 2pm.

Kaffi Ilmur

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

This adorable café was built in 1911 and originally served as a saddler’s shop and later as a goldsmith’s shop. Despite 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 breakfast menu includes ‘Morgunverður Steina frænda’ or ‘The Breakfast of Cousin Steina’, which includes homemade bread, scrambled eggs, ham, cheese and vegetables. You can also go for the Breakfast Meatloaf.

Cafe Berlin

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

This small café in central Akureyri has minimal interior decor with a muted color scheme – styled as per the German capital that is its namesake. 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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