To find another place for coffee after Tiu Dropar, we asked the barista. She recommended Mokka-Kaffi and said she occasionally hangs out there. Mokka-Kaffi is one of Reykjavik’s oldest cafés and the first to install an espresso machine. It has been around since 1958 serving locals with espresso, cappuccino and café latte.
It is located amid a row of shops on Skólavörðustíg, the road that leads to Hallgrímskirkja church.
Décor and ambience
A small vintage café with wood panelings, red carpet, retro lamps, booth seats and stools. There were outdoor seats as well. Mokka-Kaffi had two friendly servers behind the counter that had a large coffee machine.
The place consisted of two older local gentlemen, two ladies and a couple. They looked like Mokka-Kaffi’s regular customers. Behind our table were three British English speaking folks talking about business ventures. Not a place to have serious business conversations unless you want the whole room to listen in. That’s the good and the bad of having a music-free and cozy café.
There is no Wi-Fi in Mokka-Kaffi.
Coffee: Type, price and taste
Our espresso langur (long espresso which means larger cup) was 500 krona ($4.19). We paired it with a very expensive Icelandic apple cake at 11,000 krona per piece ($9.22). The espresso was very strong and came in a brown cup and saucer.
There were cappuccino, regular coffee, latte and a variety of desserts, waffles and sandwiches. But the main draw is the different types of coffee.
How to get there
Walk downhill from Hallgrímskirkja and the café is located on the left. We missed it the first time so look for a small Mokka-Kaffi sign.
Nearest tourist/fascinating attractions
Hallgrímskirkja church and the souvenir shops of Laugavegur Street.
Ambience, concept, décor 4/5
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