Top Ten:
Reykjavík Coffee Houses


1. Mokka - Espresso and art since 1958
Mokka is Reykjavík's oldest coffee house and it's decor has changed little since it opened. Mokka has a mixed clientele from those that are old enough to remember it's opening, to trendy artistic types. It very often features exhibitions by local artists. The only hitch: you will not find a wifi there - apparently they did not have it in 1958. Go there for an excellent cup of coffee.
Wolf recommends: the long espresso

Mokka opening hours:
Mon-Sun 9:00 - 18:30

2. Kaffifélagið - Italian espresso to go
Real Italian espresso from Cafe Ottolina a micro-roaster from Milan. Kaffifélagið is known to attract media and business types. Although it is possible to sit down for your cup most patrons will have theirs to go. Space is a premium here as Kaffifélagið is probably the smallest coffeehouse in Reykjavík. Early risers can expect to drink their espresso outside surrounded by Iceland's media elite.
Wolf recommends: An espresso in the morning and a latte in the afternoon.

Kaffifélagið opening hours:
Mon-Fri 7:00-18:00
Sat 7:00-16:00
Sun 10:00-14:00

3. C is for Cookie - Incredible cheesecake
The best way to describe C is for Cookie is cute, cuddly and colourful. And yes, C really does stand for cookie - all of them to die for. This place also has an outstanding cheesecake, a Polish family secret baked in house. C combines reasonable price and great atmosphere. The coffee here is perhaps not the best in town but combined with the feel of the place, friendly staff, amazing cakes and all the refills you could possibly want it will not disappoint. FREE WIFI
Wolf recommends: the Americano or regular filter coffee with a slice of cheesecake

C is for Cookie opening hours:
Mon-Fri 7:30 - 18:00
Sat-Sun 11:00 - 17:00

4. Babalú - Pastel colours, rhinestones and lovely service
Babalú is probably the cutest coffee place in the world. Everything here is served with extra flair and love. Even the bathroom is decorated to an outrageous extravagance. Babalú is well known in Reykjavík and it can even be difficult to get a seat at peak times. The proprietor and visitors will usually make a space for anyone so don't be shy. The real Brooklyn Cheesecake baked in-house is definitely worth a try. FREE WIFI
Wolf recommends: the regular coffee or hot chocolate with double espresso

Babalú opening hours:
Mon-Sun 10:00 - 22:30 
*Hours vary during peak season

5. Reykjavík Roasters - Reykjavík's coffee connoisseur
Reykjavík Roasters is a specialist coffee place that offers the highest possible quality. The coffee here is different from what most Icelanders are used to. It is usually lighter roast than the normal French roast found in Iceland. Every cup is meticulously made and measured to the milligram. Reykjavík Roasters import their beans from all over the world and roasts it to perfection. At times the espresso will be from beans fermented before roasting which gives it an unusual flavour, sometimes fruitier than most are used to. Reykjavík Roasters is a relatively small place so it is unlikely that you will get a table of your own but don't be shy! The patrons are happy to share a table. FREE WIFI
Wolf recommends: the Kalita wave or Aeropress coffee.

Reykjavík Roasters opening hours:
Mon-Fri 8:00 - 18:00
Sat 9:00 - 18:00
Sun 11:00 - 17:00

6. Kaffitár - A stepping stone in Iceland's coffee culture
Most international coffee chains stay out of Reykjavík leaving room for local chains, like Kaffitár, to flourish. Founded in 1990 as a small roaster with the aim of introducing Icelanders to high quality coffee, Kaffitár's role in developing the local coffee culture cannot be overstated. Kaffitár buy's it's beans directly from the source. You will find a Kaffitár all over Reykjavík. You can also buy their beans to brew at home. FREE WIFI
Wolf recommends: the house blend or the Americano

Kaffitár at Bankastræti 8 opening hours:
Mon-Sat 7:30 - 18:00
Sun 9:00 - 18:00

7. Te & Kaffi / Eymundsson - Coffee and books
Te and coffee is a locally-based coffee chain. You will find their coffeehouses all over town. Eymundsson a local bookshop teamed up with the chain few years ago and now offers an in-store coffee shop. It offers comfortable tables to work and read - you can even read whatever you want in the store. Eymundsson at Austurstræti, the company's flagship store offers a fantastic range of local and international magazines. Printouts of hundreds of international dailies are also available to buy. FREE WIFI
Wolf recommends: the house latte or a cold coffee drink

Eymundsson at Austurstræti opening hours:
Mon-Fri 9:00 - 22:00
Sat-Sun 10:00 - 22:00

8. Cafe Haíti - Quiet little place by the old harbour
Cafe Haíti is another specialised coffeehouse in Reykjavík. Elda, the owner, is from Haiti and imports her own beans which are roasted fresh every morning. Elda used to grow coffee beans in Haiti before marrying a local man and moving to Iceland. The coffee can seem a little strange for those not used to very fresh coffee as the aromatic oils have not dried out. This gives the coffee a distinct taste. You should not go there if you are in a hurry as this cup should be enjoyed calmly. During most noons Cafe Haíti offers inexpensive fish soup. FREE WIFI
Wolf recommends: the house latte, Turkish coffee or Cafe Amalfi

Kaffi Haití opening hours:
Mon-Thurs 8:00 - 20:00
Fri 8:00 - 23:00
Sat 9:00 - 23:00
Sun 9:00 - 20:00

9. Bergsson - For the early risers
Technically not a coffeehouse but a restaurant. It is however included here because of it's fantastic location, brilliant breakfast and early opening hours. In general there isn't much of a breakfast scene in Reykjavík. The concept of having a sit down breakfast out of your own home is foreign for many locals. Despite this, Bergsson opens early every morning and offers a fantastic breakfast plate - not to mention a lovely atmosphere for those that want to sit down early morning. You can even get as many refills as you want. FREE WIFI
Wolf recommends: the breakfast plate or the all day brunch on weekends

Bergsson opening hours:
Mon-Sun 7:00 - 19:00

10. Stofan - Great place to work or study
Stofan is a quirky place smack bang in the centre of Reykjavík. The decor is something like your grandmother's house multiplied by five. Stofan offers fantastic cakes and a decent selection of teas. There are also plenty of couches and a large table for those that want to work or study. Stofan is a favourite among students, tourists and oddly members of the Icelandic pirate party. The coffee is nothing special, but the wonderful atmosphere won Stofan a place on the list. FREE WIFI

Stofan opening hours:
Mon-Wed 8:00 - 23:00
Thurs-Fri 8:00 - 01:00
Sat 10:00 - 01:00
Sun 10:00 - 23:00

Words: Atli Thor Fanndal
Cover image: Cafe Haíti


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