The Reykjavík Grapevine is proud to present: The Best Of Reykjavík 2016! Earlier this summer we published our Best Of magazine to help you, our beloved readers, find the very best places this little city has to offer. You can use the info to plan your schedule, or even as a fun experiment to see how your tastes align with those of ours.
Stofan wins best coffeehouse. If you know anything about the latté-drinking 101 Reykjavík crowd, this is a major achievement. Stofan wins for being a great all-around coffeehouse, and for having what Icelanders call “stemning,” which means the atmosphere or vibe of a place. With two floors, charming antique furniture, and seating that’s a good distance from the noise of the espresso machine, the stemning is perfect, and you’ll see locals and tourists alike reading books, playing chess, and discussing the social construction we all live in.
Kaffihús Vesturbæjar was the clear winner in the eyes of our panel’s west-side Vesturbær-ites, but it’s top quality coffee, French-style macaroons and tasteful decor weren’t quite enough to convince the 101 rats on our panel. But for those out west, the location, menu and feel of this place make it a perfect neighbourhood cafe.
Reykjavík Roasters has made some changes that didn’t sit well with the judges, such as the removal of wi-fi, free refills, and much of the more comfortable furniture. Nobody would deny that they have the best coffee, with the beans roasted in-house—but the café experience on offer has, sadly, gone downhill.
2015: Kaffihús Vesturbæjar
2014: Reykjavík Roasters