BEST BREAKFAST RESTAURANTS IN REYKJAVIK
I don’t know about you guys, but I need my breakfast to function! For those who are looking for the best restaurants or coffee shops to have breakfast in Reykjavik, read on and read forth!
As of now, there are not too many restaurants in Reykjavik open really early but lucky for you, we have mixed together this list of all our most personal favourite restaurants for early breakfast or lunch in Reykjavik so you don’t have to wander around Reykjavik looking for food like a morning zombie, ha!
Nothing really starts until coffee, right?
What you'll read about
- CAFÉ VINYL: VEGAN-FRIENDLY BREAKFAST
- KAFFIVAGNINN: BREAKFAST BY THE HARBOR
- BREAD & CO: FRESH AND HAPPY PASTRIES FOR BREAKFAST
- REYKJAVIK ROASTERS: A DELICIOUS (HIPSTERY) COFFEE SHOP
- SANDHOLT BAKERY: FANCY BAKERY
- BERGSON MATHÚS: BREAKFAST WITH A GREAT LOCATION
- THE LAUNDROMAT CAFÉ: LARGE, TRENDY RESTAURANT
- KAFFITÁR: GOOD COFFEE & SIMPLE BREAKFAST
– MY TOP 7 BEST BREAKFAST –
RESTAURANTS IN REYKJAVIK
Café Vinyl has a raw looking but cool dining hall
This all vegan restaurant recently opened their door with a bomb and is definitely here to stay. Café Vinyl is a super hip coffee house/restaurant that has endless delicious options of vegetarian and vegan dishes, amazing funky music and cozy atmosphere like no other. Also, great Wifi, spacious tables and lovely staff. Don’t miss out this one! And especially don’t miss out on their sandwiches – Holy Jesus of christ!
Great breakfast place for those in for a late breakfast & of course an easy recommendation for every vegetarian & vegan travelers.
By night, Café Viny turns into a buzzing meeting point for all kinds of hipsters and artists and students from all corners of the world. I truly love hanging out here!
BREAKFAST BY THE HARBOR
Super cozy Kaffivagn!
This super cozy coffeehouse & local restaurant shed has been sitting by the old harbour since 1935. First, it used to be a truck which they converted to a food shed. I think most Reykjavik locals have some kind of a bittersweet memory of their parents taking them here at some point in earlier years. The atmosphere is filled with history and charisma, which truly leaves you wondering about how everything used to be before. I highly recommend that you make your way to Kaffivagninn and soak up the old harbour spirit while feasting on their delicious (and not expensive) breakfast menu! They even have a nice little porch outside where you can enjoy the view on nice summer days.
And perfect for breakfast as they open early in the mornings!
The menu consists of everything from home made pastry, sandwiches, and cakes and to soups, meat and amazing seafood.
BREAD & CO:
FRESH AND HAPPY PASTRIES FOR BREAKFAST
Brauð & Co is getting very well known for its interesting looks!
This trippy, colourful house is actually one of the most awesome places in Reykjavik to grab breakfast to go early in the morning. Their cinnamon rolls and licorice bread rolls are OUT OF THIS WORLD and have actually gained quite a good reputation in town since they opened their doors last summer! Brauð & co. are literally baking the whole time they are open, securing a fresh product at any giving minute! Brauð & co. is an amazing place and I can easily recommend a visit!
The only downside: They don’t have any great room for chairs & tables inside so you can usually not enjoy your eats inside. Last time I visited I noticed that they have added one tiny table close to the window. So, if you are lucky, there might be a seat for 1-2!
And here is a tiny secret for all the yogis reading this post: You can find a Yoga shala on the top floor!
PS. Across the street, you can find one of the very most trendy coffee shops in Reykjavik at the moment. It is called Reykjavik Roasters. It’s known for it’s super fresh coffee and a laid back hipster environment. You can read more about Reykjavik Roasters here.
A DELICIOUS (HIPSTERY) COFFEE SHOP
Since 2008, Reykjavik Roasters has been keeping locals in Reykjavik awake – Serving us amazing coffee that is carefully selected, roasted and produced in house. The beautiful building is from 1928 and is located in a cosy residential neighborhood just above the main shopping street Laugavegur.
All the coffee served at Reykjavik roasters is produced and roasted in house and guests can observe and learn about the process while visiting.
Everything is freshly made every morning in Sandholt
A super fancy breakfast place to start your day! Sandholt makes great sandwiches, pastry, cakes and coffee!
Sandholt bakery is centrally located on Laugavegur and has a very cozy atmosphere. It has recently been renovated so everything so new and shiny!! They offer good varieties of chocolates and other sweets too for those that are into that kind of stuff in the morning. Everything is made on fresh each morning on spot. Hungry yet?
PS. Fun fact: Sandholt is soon opening up a brand new hotel in the same building.
BREAKFAST WITH A GREAT LOCATION
A fantastic local restaurant for breakfast or lunch. Bergson Mathús serves authentic and healthy food which is, of course, perfect for breakfast! They also serve their version of a “brunch” with eggs, bacon, yoghurt etc.
Bergson have a fantastic sour dough bread and are super vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
They are easy to find as they are located right in between the Reykjavik Pond and the Iceland Parliament.
THE LAUNDROMAT CAFÉ:
LARGE, TRENDY RESTAURANT
Laundromat Café is colorful, fun and very family friendly!
The Laundromat Café is a very family friendly and buzzing coffee shop and restaurant with big breakfasts on their menu. They are also famous for their brunch and for their unique counter made out of books!
PS. Yup! And they are a true laundromat! You can even wash your laundry in the basement here while eating your breakfast! Woah!
KAFFITÁR: GOOD COFFEE & SIMPLE BREAKFAST
I love starting my morning in Kaffitár!
My little personal favorite. This is actually where I start almost all my mornings with a toast and tea. They have a vast variety of sour dough bread (Get it with sundried tomato cream cheese!!) sandwiches, pastries, croissants and excellent coffee as well.
Kaffitár is a part of a big and famous Icelandic coffee chain that prides itself for authentic and good tasting coffee. Excellent location as well but make sure to arrive early as this place gets quite busy.