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Mokka

Mokka

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Published September 3, 2008

Operating since 1958, Mokka is the city center´s oldest coffee joint and founder of Icelandic coffee culture. Regular art exhibits are always worth a look.

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  • Address: Skólavörðustígur 3A, 101 Reykjavik
  • Phone: +354 552 1174
  • Website: click here
  • Show on map: click here


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