They say adversity creates creativity. That maxim certainly applies to restaurants in Reykjavik. It was a slim choice when we first started summarizing the issue of Best of Reykjavik, but over the years, decision making has become less and less easy. This was really one of the most difficult dining editions we could put together, as we were content with the choice in terms of both quality and consistency. Old and new restaurants have post-pandemic energy and we are pleased to decorate their tables again. We chopped, chewed, and devoured around this wonderful city in the name of bringing you the best Reykjavik has to offer.

The best coffee shop

Reykjavík roaster

Multiple locations

Photo by Art Bicnic

Despite living on a small island in the North Atlantic far from the home of the Rubiaceae (it’s a coffee plant that isn’t a geek to you), Icelanders certainly love their coffee. This is probably best illustrated by the dominance of the Reykjavi roaster, which has numerous locations around the capital. But this ubiquity is not a bad thing. As the name suggests, RR roasts its beans, makes an average cup of jaws, and serves delicious baked goods. In addition, the cafe is cozy and quaintly decorated.

runner up:

Cactus espresso bar

Vitastígur 12

Photo by Art Bicnic

Not surprisingly, by its name, there are many different and succulent plants inside the cactus, but don’t think the service is awkward. This cozy café is the perfect place to meet friends for a cool catch-up or for a calm and productive job on your laptop. Soups and sandwiches are also great and very reasonably priced.


Hygge Coffee & Microbakery

Seljavegur 2

Photo by Joana Fontinha

Hygge embraces the spirit of the same name and is a cozy neighborhood coffee shop with rustic interiors and a Zen atmosphere. There is a ceramic piece by Birgitte Munck that is even better with a selection of baked goods by SandholtalumniÞórey Lóvisa. Expect good coffee, a wide variety of teas, cold matcha latte (not on the menu, but if you ask properly, they may just be obligatory), and homemade kombucha. It has some comfortable corners and is also the perfect space to work with.

Previous winners

2021: Reykjavi Closter
2020: Reykjavi Closter
2019: Bismuth

You can buy a complete copy of the Best Of Reykjavík 2022 magazine, an important guide to enjoy in Reykjavik. It is published all over the world.

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