By William Klingner.
The capital of Iceland, and truly a city like any other, Reykjavik is an excellent stopover destination on the way over to mainland Europe. But Reykjavik is more than just a stopover. It is a wonderfully charming city with fantastic culture and people.
This place has a cozy yet eclectic style that really grows on you. All of the stuff here is vintage and cool and they make really good tea and coffee. There are a lot of vegetarian options here, and the menu is small but the there is a little something for everyone here. They have paninis and soups, which are both a great way to adjust to the cold Reykjavik climate. They also have salads, carrot cake and legendary giant chocolate chip cookies. They have money from all around the world hanging up (always a cool conversation starter) and cool lighting that's not too bright. A lot of the tea here they have here is bagged, but don’t worry, it’s still good.
The layout of this place is fantastic. There are two entranceways to maximize the flow during peak hours, they have a main room with larger tables and then a small little nook tucked away in the back, which I imagine would be great fro reading a book as you sip you coffee or tea. There is also a bathroom back here, which is nice. As the name would suggest, they roast and grind their own coffee here. The roaster isn’t even in the back room, it’s right in the front for all to see! But enough about the coffee, lets talk about the tea. They have a few great black teas here that they serve in those fancy little European kettles with the huge spouts. If you would like to purchase one of these fancy little kettles, they are for sale along with a few other teas and specialty items. This place also has excellent pastries and sandwiches and they make a mean avocado toast!
One of the few places in Reykjavik to get a good matcha bowl, Kumiko is meant to be a tribute to Japanese tea and cuisine. They really put a lot of work into their pastries to make them in the most artistic way possible. They even have cute little animal designs that come with the cakes. Who wouldn’t like that? They also have flowering teas here, which is always a bonus. If you were surprised to find flowering teas and matcha in such a coffee stronghold, you won’t believe that they also have gongfu tea trays! They will bring you out a beautiful clay tea pot and tea pet with a porcelain cup and let you go to town. This place is also huge. With plenty of seats and tables, multiple rooms and a cool modern style, the atmosphere is great! They also have coffee here, but I don’t even want to get into that because this is already at risk of turning into a list of best coffee shops.
Possibly one of the best places in the city to find gifts for tea lovers, this place offers a great selection of different products. They have mate gourds and bombillas, tea kettles, bags of loose leaf tea, matcha bowls, tea strainers and tea mugs. In Reykjavik, you are lucky to find one of these items, let alone all of them. The focus here is mainly coffee, with their fancy latte art on espressos and cappuccinos, but they also serve tea by the pot here. They offer a few different types of tea here, but as can be expected, most of it is black tea. If you really love green tea and find your self in Reykjavik, you will have to go to Kumiko. If you love afternoon tea, this will be more your speed. You can get croissants with your tea, cookies, cakes and cinnamon buns. The style here is pretty cool and modern, and they offer great seating all around. They are open until 10 o’clock so if you are heading for a night out and want to get a cup of tea or coffee you can do that.
This is another place that you can technically get a cup of tea, even though the focus is very heavily coffee and food. That being said, it’s just a cool place to hangout. I don’t know about you, but I’m willing to hangout in cool spots as long as they have some form of tea. This place has coffee, tea, local whiskey, pastries and sandwiches. They also have excellent curly fries, and as long as you share them with at least one other person, the calories don’t count, right?
Although the tea places are few in far in between in Reykjavik, you still have a few options. While tea may not be the main focus of a lot of these places, at least they have it and that’s kind of more important. If you really need an authentic tea experience, Kumiko is your best option. Otherwise, if you are satisfied with just a cool environment and a simple cup of tea, any of the places on here would be lucky to have you. If you are looking for things to do around the city, the best view is from Hallgrimskirja church (don’t worry, you’ll get the pronunciation down by the end of the trip). Here you can see an excellent view of the city and plot your next move. If you like opera, check out the Harpa. The Harpa is a beautiful piece of modern architecture in its own right, but it also is home to the national concert hall. If you are willing to travel a bit, Iceland has some great geothermal spas. The most famous is the blue Lagoon, located a mere 15 miles from Reykjavik. This is totally worth the trek. The water is beautiful and warm and you feel as if you are in the tropics even though you couldn’t be further. They also offer a full spa experience here but it is quite expensive and you have to book in advance. I would just recommend going for the standard package and check out one of the 25 wonders of the world. If you are here for awhile, I would recommend trying to get out of the city and see as much of the rest of the country. Iceland has one of the most unique landscapes in the world. Where else can you see icebergs, glaciers, grasslands, volcanoes and waterfalls all at once?
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