reykjavik roasters

the place to get coffee in reykjavik 

What could be better than a cozy cafe with high quality coffee on a cold day? Nothing. The answer is nothing. Because after braving a rather windy walk from the hotel into the heart of the city on our first day in Iceland after a red eye flight, hot coffee was exactly what I needed.

Granted, there isn’t a ton of competition around, but Reykjavik Roasters has built up a solid reputation among locals and visitors alike. Over the years, they’ve expanded to three locations around the city. All of their coffee is roasted in-house at their original location in Kárastigur. The cafés themselves are cozy and warm contrasts to the often cold outdoors. They cultivate a space to linger with friends and actually spend some time to enjoy a cup of well-made coffee.


Reykjavik Roasters as withstood the test of time. It’s been around since 2008 (though at the time under a different name), and is a beloved coffee institution that brings out the best small-town vibes that Reykjavik (and Iceland in general) cultivates. This is where you get coffee if you’re ever in town.

the details

AddressKárastígur 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Brautarholt 2, Reykjavík, Iceland
Freyjugata 41, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Hours8 – 17:30 weekdays, 9 – 17:00 weekends
Price$$ – it’s on the pricey side, but then again, dining out just tends to be a little more expensive in Iceland
Aestheticcozy cabin vibes but also Nordic simplicity

good to know

Go here for: all your coffee needs while you’re in Reykjavik

Order this: a pourover with a flavor profile that fits your taste

Amount of time to spend: do yourself a favor and don’t just get things to go, stick around for a little while 

When to come: mornings are calmer, while the afternoons tend to attract a constant stream of people 

Other things to note: 

  • They also have really cute merch, if you want to seem cultured and all.
  • If the main Kárastigur location is too crowded, try checking out the other two. Brautarholt seems to have the most seating.

Last visited: April 2016

Last updated: April 2018

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