Reykjavik is filled with glaciers and mountains and birds and beautiful wonders of nature, but sometimes you just need to take a rest and catch a breather in between your adventures. Here are some of the coziest coffee shops to kick back and have a nice warm drink in.
Just steps from the Husavik harbor, Heimabakari is a family-run café and bakery where they serve traditional Icelandic pastries and other house-made baked goods, along with good coffee, sandwiches and other light bites. If the weather’s good, take a seat at one of their sidewalk tables.
Set in on a hill in one of the oldest houses in downtown Akureyri, Kaffi Illmur is a restaurant-café that started out as a saddler’s shop. The granddaughter of the saddler now runs the popular café, where you can admire the original walls, flooring, and furniture while you munch on delicious cakes, soups, salads, and other light fare, along with good coffee (and free refills!). If the weather’s good, sit on the pretty patio outside.
In a traditional blue building on Akureyri’s main street, Blaa Kannan is a down-home café serving good coffee and freshly-baked bread in the morning, soups and daily specials at lunchtime, and amazing cakes, quiche, sandwiches, and light snacks all day. Good food, friendly service, funky painted tabletops, and a relaxed vibe make it a local favorite.
Kaffitar is a popular local coffeehouse chain where they source 80% of their beans directly from farmers. Besides pouring one of the best cappuccinos in Iceland, they also serve seriously good drip coffee and flat whites, along with tasty sandwiches and pastries.
Don’t be fooled by the simplistic exterior of this Reykjavik classic. The bakery has been crafting elegant cakes, fresh breads, and homemade chocolates since 1982. Perfect for a hot cup of coffee and a pastry (or a hearty filled sandwich on still-warm sourdough) in the midst of the day’s adventures, this little spot is usually full of locals.