What I love about Café Bryggjan is its solid authenticity in a town that has served as one of Iceland’s most important fishing centres for the last 500 years. Located on the quay of Grindavík’s harbour, the popular fishermen’s café has an almost museum-like feel to it. It is decorated with an interesting variety of sea-related memorabilia.Photo after photo of retired fishing vessels line the walls. The well-worn wooden floor would no doubt have some stories to tell, if floors could talk. About the only thing that might seem out of place is the plaster bust of John Lennon that is suspended from the ceiling and a large poster of the Beatle above the piano in the corner of the room. The owners are retired fishermen who just happen to be big Beatle fans! When the weather allows, you can sit outside on the deck to sip your coffee, tea or glass of wine, or enjoy the cosy atmosphere inside where light lunches of soups and sandwiches or home-made cakes are served. On Wednesdays,the house specialty is a traditional lamb soup and on Fridays it’s lobster soup, using the freshest ingredients, of course.
Every year, Café Bryggjan hosts its very own ‘Cultural Week’ with some of Iceland’s well known poets, writers, and musicians, performing their works. And if you stick around long enough, someone may just strike up an old Beatle song on that piano in the corner! See more here