Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, is a very modern but quirky, youthful but flourishing city. There is no shortfall of Reykjavik bars and cafés on pretty much every street. As far as hotels in Reykjavik go, the choice is plenty too!
The locals like hanging out just as much as the tourists do, and this creates a superb environment for meeting new people, making new friends and sharing ideas and adventures together.
For a country that banned beer until 1989, Iceland now has some of the highest quality, locally produced beers and ales which are served up through the Reykjavik bars. If beer is not your thing, try the cocktails made of local ingredients.
The cafés in Reykjavik are pretty amazing too. Every one of them has a stylistic twist on decor and atmosphere and remarkable coffee and food to match. They are unique to say the least.
Check out our tried and trusted list below of cafés in Reykjavik and fantastic Reykjavik bars.
Cafés in Reykjavik
Finding coffee wonderland while in Reykjavik
Who doesn’t love a great cup of coffee? If you’re not a coffee person then how about tea or hot chocolate. If all else fails, some cafés offer viking beer too!
Not only do these cafés serve up amazing coffee, but the food and atmosphere is exactly what you need to replenish energy levels after a day of activities.
The only thing is, you may not want to leave once you put your feet up with a hot or chilled beverage.
Really good, aromatic coffee, tea and whatever else you may fancy drinking. Quaint coffee shop with a lot of character and great food.
A very cool, relaxing and ambient coffee shop with a cosy atmosphere. The pastries are amazing and you even get free coffee refills.
A little bit more upmarket, but definitely worth it. Modern decor with soft lighting and comfortable for working or planning time.
This is a very cosy and atmospheric cafe. Funky mix of furniture and very reasonably priced. A perfect place to relax after an active day.
Te & Kaffi
An intimate little bookstore with a coffee shop and a perfect place to unwind. Food is very good as is the hot drinks. You get free Wifi too!
Super fantastic vegan food and the most amazing coffee by expert baristas. Why vinyl? You’ve got tunes mixed by a Dj while you chill.
Best Reykjavik bars to take in the atmosphere after a day tour
Several customers have been asking about the best places to relax and have a drink in Reykjavik. Reykjavik is a buzzing city and there are plenty of Reykjavik bars to relax your tired legs.
Some of these bars and hangouts are actually hidden treasures within Reykjavik. You will experience how offbeat and quirky they are from the deco right up to the drinks served.
The locals here really do know how to help you relax especially after a long days adventure.
Micro Bar is definitely the city’s premier bar for beer; it has the best and widest selection of beer in Reykjavik, from small Icelandic brews to international classics.
A firm favourite in Reykjavik for after-dark fun. Manager hires great DJs and creates a community that works together, which in turn results in a welcoming, fun place to go.
Reykjavik’s first cocktail bar, it’s situated in one of the city’s best cultural hotels, the Hotel Marina. Creations served at the bar, made with fresh, local ingredients.
A great atmosphere no matter what time of day. You may wander in at 9pm and see a crowd of people having a great time, drinking beer at the Viking bar and a great place for tourists to meet locals.
The English Pub
A great place to go with friends to enjoy some of the city’s best beer. Here you can watch sport fixtures on huge TV screens while sipping cool drinks and listening to great music.
Sophisticated atmosphere, classy lighting and quality drinks require you to dress in an accordingly elegant manner. Your chance to dress up for an evening out.
We love the places mentioned above and hence, recommending them. Whether it’s coffee or beer you’re after, whichever one you decide on you are sure to get the best atmosphere to relax and enjoy a peaceful drink.