Coffee in Reykjavik. It’s good.
It must be because it’s so cold outside that they’ve perfected the art of staying indoors, being cosy and drinking hot delicious drinks. They’ve also perfected amazing quirky-cool establishments in Reykjavik, I’m telling you, they are all straight out of Instagram. So I decided I needed to show you the best!
All 5 of these sick coffee houses and cafes are awesome so I wanted to share the caffinated love with you. Enjoy the buzz.
Reykjavik Roasters seems to be a popular place to go with locals and expats alike as the queue was out the door when I visited. It’s all vintage mismatching furniture, but in more of a muted, understated way. A bit more yummy-mummy than hipster. But the coffee is GOOD so the queue is warranted. I also opted for breakfast at this place with a croissant, butter, jam and cheese combo which felt very European and was indeed delicious.
A great little place to start your day, especially as it’s just up the road from the Hallgrímskirkja church with the gorgeous views of Reykjavik.
This place is just as mental inside as it looks from the street. ‘Quirky’ doesn’t really cover the decor as it includes kitsch stuffed toys stuck to the walls, retro tapestries, foreign money in paper chains and tacky-chic plastic plants all over the place. It’s a cute set-up with booths and lanterns and I very much enjoyed it. Especially as I was on my own so I felt like I was entertained just by the interior design!
I opted for a tea at this place and there was a wide selection of Pukka teas available, as well as homemade cakes. I knew I had to eat something. Apparently they’re famous for their giant cookies so I went for one. But trust me, giant was not an exaggeration! These bad boys are huge and even my massive appetite couldn’t finish one! Bloody tasty though.
Ok this one isn’t exactly a coffee house, it’s more of a cafe with delicious food! The Laundromat Cafe is a Reykjavik institution and is still a functioning Launderette (hence the name) but is a really cool place to hang out with books and maps everywhere. You can sit at the bar which I thought was a nice touch for solo travellers and the dinner I had there was fab – a delicious burger and chips. YES.
Vinyl is straight outta Shorditch for sure. It’s hipster-looking but doesn’t feel too cool for school, you know? Gorgeous retro furniture, a lovely bar, records playing and a section of vinyl decorating the shelves. It’s the best.
Really chilled vibes with lovely plants, comfy chairs and glass windows for people watching. What more could you want from an afternoon after strolling the shops of Reykjavik?
Ooh Stofan is one of my faves. The work ‘Stofan’ actually means ‘living room’ which is completely apt for this place. The whole coffee house is split into mini little living room areas so feels very cosy and snug. Especially when it’s cold outside! I honestly could have stayed in this place for hours, it was so comfortable and just effortlessly cool. Not at all try-hard. Thumbs up, Stofan!
Overall I really loved Reykjavik’s coffee culture. At all of these coffee houses and cafes I felt I could stay all day and that would be totally okay with them. And when it’s cold out, you kinda want to. Plus, ALL of them had free WiFi, a blogger’s crack.
Great job at coffee, Reykjavik.
Hope you like my coffee house faves in Reykjavik but let me know in the comments if you have any others you’d like to recommend! Or you can send a tweet my way via HeelsInBackpack!