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Food & Drink

History and home baking

By Sara McMahon

  • A stunning view. Kaffi Ilmur, which translates as Café Aroma, is located in a quaint little yellow house that was built by the owner’s grandparents. Photo/Ingibjörg Baldursdóttir

  • The owners, Þórhildur Þórhallsdóttir and Ingibjörg Baldursdóttir. 

Ingibjörg Baldursdóttir and Þórhildur Þórhallsdóttir transformed the old family home into a coffee shop and a restaurant.


“Our grandparents built the house over a century ago. Over the years it became old and tired, and when time came to renovate it we decided to transform it into a café,” says Ingibjörg Baldursdóttir, who runs Kaffi Ilmur with her sister Helga and a third partner, Þórhildur Þórhallsdóttir.

The café, which opened in May 2012, is located in a quaint little yellow building in Hafnarstræti street in Akureyri, North Iceland. On the first floor, the trio runs a small coffee shop, which serves excellent coffee and delicious home-baked cakes. The second floor houses a restaurant with a stunning view over the beautiful Eyjafjörður fjord.

When the house was renovated, many of its charming old features were kept or given a new function. The old linoleum that used to cover the floors now covers table tops, and the original wall paneling is still in place.

The owners strive to create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for their guests, and Ingibjörg enjoys telling stories to interested guests about the house’s former inhabitants and life in Akureyri back in the 1920’s.

Kaffi Ilmur is located in Hafnarstræti 107b, Akureyri. 

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