Mokka is one of the oldest coffee shops in Iceland. It was founded in 1958 by a couple, Guðný Guðjónsdóttir and Guðmundur Baldvinsson. As a young man, Guðmundur was studying in Italy where he became familiar with how they made coffee in Italy – one cup at a time. He decided to familiarize his home country with this tradition and started his own business in the field back in Iceland.
Today this cosy little smoke- and alcohol-free cafeteria is still run by the same family and uses the very same – Iceland’s first – espresso machine. Having changed little if at all since the 50’s the Mokka’s decor is very retro with original mosaic pillars and copper lights.
In addition to serving great coffee and – according to many – the best waffles in town, Mokka is also a little art gallery. Ever since the place was founded it has been presenting works of beginning artists. In fact, many now well-known artists, both Icelandic and foreign, have had their very first exhibition at Mokka.
Mokka is open daily from 9 am to 6:30 pm. It’s located in the heart of Reykjavík onSkólavörðurstígur 3A.
Text and images by Mira Mykkänen