Travel Thru Iceland: Where to Eat and Drink in Reykjavik
Aug 19, 2014
About the Guidebook
Icelanders love their coffee. In fact, they enjoy it so much that Iceland is ranked fourth in the world for its coffee habit. It’s estimated that Icelanders consume 8.3 kilogram of coffee beans a year. For visiting coffee enthusiasts that means you’ll be in caffeine heaven, as there are cafes on nearly every corner of Reykjavik’s downtown streets.
But, even if you don’t like coffee, many of the city’s cafes offer so much more, like decadent sweets, local craft beers and art exhibitions, making them great spots to relax and people watch in between shopping and sightseeing. Couple that with an excellent selection of culinary tastes, from traditional Icelandic fare to Thai, and a healthy love of beer, music and a late-night club scene, and you'll discover why Reykjavik has emerged as a hip alternative to major European powerhouses, such as Paris and Rome.
Local Knowledge & Cool Perks
Contrary to its name and location—just outside of the Arctic Circle—Iceland boasts a temperate climate. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, summer temperatures are in the high 60s, while winter temperatures drop into the 20s. Additionally, the island boasts unique weather phenomenon, including periods of no sunlight in midwinter, which makes it an ideal place to view the Aurora Borealis.
In Reykjavik, the capital and largest city of Iceland, fashionistas and ?sherman share the cobblestone streets outlined by vibrant two-tone houses ?tted with corrugated aluminum. Like a cross between a 1940s Monterey,California, and a 21st century Paris, Reykjavik is charming blend of boutiques,cafes and pubs. Want to know where to get the best authentic Icelandic cuisine? How about the best cafe, or where to dance the night away?
This guide will answer all those questions and so much more. Really, it's like having a best friend in the city,except you don't have to buy it dinner!
About the Author
We were professionals in the newspaper and wedding industries before setting our sights on long term travel. Now you can wander with us online through our blog, Beers and Beans. Our stories have appeared in National Geographic Intelligent Travel, Men's Health, The Coast News, San Diego Uptown News and a variety of other travel publications.