The cool white interior, interspersed with delicate hues of soft pinks and warm greys, greets your eyes upon entering Hendur í Höfn Kaffihús, smack in the middle of the fishing village of Þorlákshöfn. The decidedly romantic ambiance is an oasis of sorts and a welcome contrast to the fish processing plants that surround it. Owner/artist Dagný greets us as if we were long-time friends and we feel immediately at home. One side of the room is an art-glass gallery and the other, a most elegant and charming café.
From hobbyist to pro
It all started when Dagný’s interest in glass-art began in 2000. A natural teacher, Dagný soon found herself instructing others and then after class they would gather over coffee and some delicious treat that Dagný had whipped up the night before. As the classes grew in popularity, so did Dagný’s renown as a talented chef and soon foodies all the way from Reykjavik and beyond were seeking her out.
No shortcuts allowed
“Life is too short for bad food,” says Dagný with a smile. “It’s all about the freshest and finest ingredients one can find but it also has to be appealing to the eyes.” Only the best here as one would expect, but Dagný goes the extra mile, serving her delicious food on decorative antique china plates to complete the experience. She makes everything herself right on the premises—the cakes and desserts, several types of bread (some gluten free), the sandwiches and even the pasta.
Since Dagný herself has had food allergies in the past, she is well aware of the problem that families can face when eating out. Whether you are gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant, allergic to nuts or are trying to keep to a special diet, feel free to make your needs known and Dagný will make every effort to rustle up something special just for you. Gluten free cakes and treats are a specialty!
Kids are welcome
On weekends, Hendur í Höfn is a favourite of families with children who come to Þorlákshöfn to enjoy the local geothermal swimming pool and afterwards head off to Dagný’s for a light lunch, scrumptious desserts and possibly the best coffee in Iceland.
Spiffing I tell you. Simply spiffing.
Hendur í höfn
Unubakka 10-12 • 815 Þorlákshöfn