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“Warming Lobster soup”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bryggjan

Bryggjan
Ranked #1 of 1 Coffee & Tea in Grindavik
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, Seafood, European, Soups, Scandinavian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: http://www.visitgrindavik.is/visit.jsp?a=list&t=matur&lang=en
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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“Warming Lobster soup”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

We stopped in here for lunch after a walk down on the trail from the Northern Light Inn. Bryggjan is Icelandic for Pier and you are right in the heart of the working harbour.

This is a fascinating place. The soup is was rich and tasty in a setting that is quaint but not in the slightest bit twee. You get a big bowl of soup with chunks of langoustine in the scrummiest of liquor plus a big basket of bread. If the price seems initially steep (and it is hard to adjust to spending thousands of krona!) then do bear in mind you can get a free refill with further bread. The same goes for the coffee even though the price of coffee was closer to British prices.

We came back for a further coffee after a walk to Hopsnes Lighthouse and the lady who served us called the Northern Lights Inn to come and collect us. She was very friendly. I whiled away a few minutes using google translate to work out the poetry on the outside post.
There is plenty to take in at this lovely place

  • Visited May 2014
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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“Hiding its light under a bushel”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Fresh off an early morning flight into Keflavik, and having visited the two continents bridge, we were pretty desperate for a refreshment stop. We kept on seeing signs for Bryggjan but none with any directional arrows. So it was only by chance, driving up a quay, that we stumbled across this little gem. Fascinating decor, excellent coffee and cakes and a host keen to provide information and beautiful books about Iceland as well a sample of the local delicacy - dried fish. Not one of my favourites really, but this fab little cafe definitely was.

  • Visited May 2014
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Germantown, Maryland
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“A warm heart in a cold climate”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

My wife and I passed by this coffee house during our recent visit to Grindavik. The quaintness and decor of the establishment, set directly across from the fisherman's wharf where they unload the day's catch tempted my New England curiosity. As my wife and I entered the shop, I was mesmerized by the treasure trove of nautical memorabilia. What became immediately obvious was that this was not your cheesy, chain restaurant decor. This was the real deal, complete with the local fishing records. When I commented to the owner, Kristinn, he proceeded to tell me the cafe's story. When he, a long time native of Grindavik, announced he would open the shop, all his friends scoured their attics in search of old family mementos. The result was a true introspective look into the life of an authentic Icelandic fishing village, constructed by the actual people that made it great, and narrated by one of the nicest, warmest human beings I have ever encountered. My next surprise came as we struggled to decide which homemade desert delicacy we would have with our coffee and tea. Kristinn's wife make all the pies and pastries from scratch, right there on the premises. I could go on for an hour about our most fortuitous brush with these extraordinary people at this extraordinary cafe, but you HAVE to experience it for yourself. If you go, tell him we sent you. You will be the better for the experience - I know we were.

  • Visited April 2014
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Vancouver, Washington
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“The best stop on our trip to Iceland”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

The best decision we made on our trip was stopping at Bryggjan. Kristinn (the owner) was extremely friendly, nice, and helfpul. After ordering our food and drinks he sat down with us and showed us hundreds of pictures of Iceland and answered all of our questions about the island. He gave great suggestions for things we should do and see, and helped us plan out our trip. To top it all off, he gave us a personalized tour of Grindavik and his friends fishing boat!

Kristinn is the nicest guy and a testament to how friendly Icelanders are. If we had more time, we would've stopped by Bryggjan simply to say goodbye on our way to the airport.

If you're looking for food and some coffee, Kristinn has extremely competitive prices and you can't beat his homemade pies. The atmosphere of the cafe is extremely inviting and makes you feel like a local! There were 5-6 locals in there and the cafe is decorated in an authentic fishing theme. There's also a giant map of Iceland which is perfect for finalizing your driving plans, plus tons of high quality picture books of the island.

Thanks again Kristinn!

  • Visited May 2014
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Alexandria, Virginia, USA
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“Felt like a regular, after one visit”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

My wife and I had just landed in Keflavik and rented a car. We decided to take the roundabout way to Reykjavik and read about Kaffi Bryggjan from Daily Candy website. It was rainy, cold and windy when we got there and we went into get something to eat.

The food counter was empty, but the owner, Kristinn Johansen, said he would make us breakfast. What came to us was a massive platter of traditional Icelandic breakfast (egg, ham, cheese, bread, smoked salmon, 2 types of pickled herring and skyr with cream).

Better yet, Kristinn sat with us and talked about Iceland, John Lennon and fishing. I probably learned more talking to him at the table than I could have doing research online. He then invited us upstairs to show us the warehouse in which they make nets for the commercial fishing vessels of Grindavik. Very hospitable!

Post note: I left my hat there, so we stopped by the next morning on our way to Blue Lagoon. Kristinn took us for a tour of Grindavik in his truck. A true example of the friendliness of Icelanders. Finally, he suggested a less-traveled way back to Reykjavik for that afternoon, so we saw some sites that we would not have had we not stopped in there.

Cool side note: Willy, of Free Willy fame, was penned in Grindavik harbour before being shipped to the US

  • Visited April 2014
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