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6 of the Best Down-town Coffee shops

By Sara McMahon

  • Cup of coffee. The coffee culture in Reykjavík boarders on fanaticism. Photo/Stefán Karlsson

The coffee culture in Reykjavík boarders on fanaticism – Icelanders seriously enjoy a good cuppa Joe. This means you’ll be spoiled for choice when in search of the perfect blend.


1. Café Haiti: This unpretentious little coffee shop by the old harbour serves and sells their own coffee, bought straight from small coffee farms in Haiti. Elda Thorisson-Faurelien, a native Haitian, and her husband, Methúsalem Þórisson, opened the café in 2008. If you like the taste of caraway, do try their fantastic Arabic coffee.  
Kaffi Haiti, Geirsgata 7b, 101 Reykjavík

2. Reykjavík Roasters: Local coffee enthusiasts claim this is where the best cup of coffee is to be found, so the tiny space can get pretty crowded. You may not always be able to enjoy the strong brew that will jolt you awake on the premises, but you can of course always grab one to go.
Reykjavík Roasters, Kárastígur 1, 101 Reykjavík

3. Te og kaffi: Te og kaffi run a chain of coffee shops all over town. The one in Aðalstræti boasts huge windows, making it ideal for people watching – and the coffee is pretty good too.   
Te og Kaffi, Austurstræti 9, 101 Reykjavík

4. Kaffitár: Kaffitár is a franchise you’ll find all over the city, e.g. in Bankastræti, the National Museum, and the Kringlan Shopping Centre. The coffee is delish, and they’ve employed many of Iceland’s coffee-barista champions, so you know you’re being served an award-winning cup of coffee each time.  
Kaffitár, Bankastræti 8, 101 Reykjavík

5. Litli bóndabærinn (The Little Farm): This tiny take-away place offers organic coffee and of course organic milk to go with it. The owner also sells mouth-watering, home-made cakes and cookies for those with a sweet tooth.
Litli Bóndabærinn, Laugavegur 41, 101 Reykjavík.

6. Nzozi: This itsy-bitsy coffee shop offers coffee bought straight from farmers in Burundi and Rwanda. You can buy either a brewed coffee to go or coffee beans in eco-friendly packaging. The coffee has a different taste than other coffee brands available in Iceland. So be sure to give it a try.
Nzozi, Ingólfsstræti 6.

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