Café Loki came highly recommended by Icelandair as the best place for Icelandic food. We had such a good flight with the airline and decided to check out their recommendations.
Located in front of Hallgrímskirkja Church, Café Loki is easy to get to. The café has two sitting areas – ground or upstairs. We chose downstairs so we could smell the freshly brewed coffee and watch tourists and locals in front of the church.
Décor and ambience
The café has two entrances. We took the front entrance facing the church where two Icelandic flags were posted on both side of the door. Upon entering, a friendly server greeted us while she manned a coffee machine at the counter preparing coffee for existing customers. Though there was just one server she seemed to have managed the place really well.
Most of the seats were taken when we arrived for a late breakfast at 10:30 am. We waited for about five minutes and got a table for four by the window. That was the best place to sip coffee, eat and look at the magnificent architectural wonder of the world – Hallgrímskirkja Church.
Wi-Fi was free and fast at Café Loki.
Coffee: Type, price and taste
Our espresso came in a white cup and saucer along with the Icelandic delicacies. We had traditional Icelandic food that included fermented shark, smoked lamb, dried fish, mashed fish, smoked trout on a variety of Rye bread.
The espresso was 400 krona (about $3.40) and the platter of Icelandic food was 2790 krona. The café also served cappuccino, Americano, latte, mocha and regular coffee. You get free refills with regular coffee.
Though we were there for the coffee, the Icelandic food is not to be missed. After all we were in Iceland and fermented shark, smoked lamb and dried fish are all must try foods.
How to get there
Reykjavik is a small walkable city. Café Loki is just across the street from the iconic Hallgrímskirkja Church.
Nearest tourist/fascinating attractions
Hallgrímskirkja church and Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden.
Ambience, concept, décor 4.5/5
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