Founded in 1984, Te og kaffi was the first company in Iceland to specialise in the production and sale of gourmet coffee and fresh tea in bulk. They have always chosen the finest quality products to import and produce and make a damn good cup of Joe, if we may say so ourselves.
One of Reykjavík’s more impressive architectural achievements–the Alvar Aalto-designed Nordic House–became host to a new restaurant in the spring of 2014, named in honour of the Finnish architect himself. Address: Sturlugata 5, 101 Reykjavík Website: click here
There’s a hip new ‘hostel’ in town that gives a whole new meaning to the word. Located literally steps away from Reykjavík harbour, with a gorgeous view of Esja, KEX Hostel is more like a guesthouse than any of the images that spring to mind when you hear “hostel.” Already it has become a popular hangout amongst Icelanders who go there to enjoy the restaurant and bar. In the unique building, which was once a biscuit factory (KEX means biscuit), there’s also a gym, laundry service, a guest kitchen and free wireless. Close enough to the main drag downtown, but
New in Reykjavík, Grillmarkaðurinn (The Grill Market) is renowned chef Hrefna Rósa Sætran’s latest culi-nary venture. With a specially crafted grill made to withstand extreme heat, Hrefna and team are serving up juicy Icelandic dishes to the carnivore’s delight. You can also be sure that they use seasonal ingredients straight from the farm. If her restaurant The Fish Market is any indication of what to expect, this newbie promises to enhance to the quality of life for the foodie in Reykjavík. And already since opening one month ago, it is dazzling restaurant goers. Address: Lækjargata 2a Show on map: click
Whether you’re a native Icelander or a tourist, Sjávargrillið will give you the upscale traditional Icelandic food experience you’re looking for. Their simple, straightforward menu won’t overwhelm a first timer, nor will it annoy a native with unnecessary frills. Gustav Gunnlaugsson, Icelandic chef of the year in 2010 and head chef at Sjávargrillið, knowns what he’s doing. Expect Icelandic specialities such as minke whale, arctic shark and cod on the menu, a jovial, knowledgeable staff and pleasant outside seating with a view of Hallgrímskirkja. VS Address: Skólavörðustígur 14 Phone: +354-5711100
At the Laundromat Cafe you can do laundry, drink a beer and have a grandma read to your children all under one roof. The kid-friendly Danish franchise opening March 12 in Reykjavik prides itself on its tasty brunch, Sunday pot roasts, alcoholic and coffee beverages, 5000 books (that you can buy or trade), board games, and up-to-date newspapers and magazines. Open from 8:00 to 00:00 Mondays to Wednesdays, 8:00 to 01:00 on Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 to 01:00 on weekends. VS Show on map: click here Address: Austurstræti 9 Website: click here
Located across from Hlemmur Bus Station, Mai Thai imports and sells all sorts of products from South East Asia, particularly Thailand and the Philippines. Depending on the day, you might find fresh coriander, mint, chilies, bean sprouts, exotic fruits such as Durian, Carambola or Coconut, as well as year round products such as frozen spring rolls, various kinds of rice sold in bulk bags, sauces and spices galore, egg and rice noodles, Asian snacks, clothes and other knick-knacks. In short, a wide array of what are still considered rare and exotic treats in Reykjavík. AK Click here to read our