Kaffihusid Gardurinn - Ecstasy's Heart-Garden

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 28 reviews )

Klapparstigur 37, Reykjavik, Iceland, 101

Small vegetarian eatery with grocery area selling organic foodstuff. Serves tea, coffee, cake, a daily soup, and a dish of the day with option of large or small portion size. Est since 2000. Open Mon-Tue 11:00am-8:30pm, Wed 11:00am-5:00pm, Thu-Fri 11:00am-8:30pm, Sat 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Take-out, European, Icelandic

Reviews (28)

First Review by Stevie

Good find - Edit

Relaxed atmosphere, excellent "cheese"cake. Would recommend if visiting.

Pros: Atmosphere, Service

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Simple Food, Good Lunch Spot - Edit

I really enjoyed my lunch at Kaffihusio Garourinn. There are a couple of items available daily, and the food is simple but tasty. I did a small portion of the entree and soup, which was a vegetable couscous entree with lentil soup. It was served with bread and hummus. The portions, even for the small portion, were good sized. They have some vegan desserts, and the peanut butter cups are great!

The location is quite small; the staff was very nice and helpful.

Pros: Great vegan options, Simple but tasty food, Very nice staff

Cons: Limited Menu

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Nice place for lunch - Edit

We visited the restaurant/coffee house on our trip to Iceland for lunch. We chose the bigger version of one of the lunch choices available (two per day, usually a warm meal or soup). It was fried eggplant plus some other veggies and rice with a small side salad. The food was ok, didn't have any chili even if the dish said it was a chili/spicy-sauce. After finishing the meal the plate was very oily, still you didn't really taste it in the food. I don't remember the price but I think it was around 1900 ISK (~14 euros) for the bigger lunch alternative.

Pros: Always vegan options, Moderate-priced lunch, Semi-healthy

Cons: Not very impressed by the food

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Delicious Food, Small Menu - Edit

This was my favourite place to eat in Reykjavik. The staff were friendly and helpful, it was busy but not crowded (it's only a small room) and the food was outstanding.

The only negative is that there wasn't a lot of choice. There were only two items on the menu, a vegan and a vegetarian option that change daily. I can understand as it was only a small place but it's nice to have variety.

I had a lentil and bean soup, bread with hummus and an amazing snickers cake. So delicious!

Pros: Delicious food, Friendly staff, Relatively inexpensive

Cons: Not enough variety

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Carrots and cream - Edit

We went here the other day for lunch andhad vegan carrotburgers, the texture wasn't anything like a burger , nor ofcourse was the taste, and it was really delicious, very well seasoned. It came with quinoa and some salad. For dessert My vegetarian companion had a nonvegan chocolate pie with a pile of nonvegan cream wich she really liked, I had a little tart that was called a vegan snicker,didn't really taste like snicker allthough (as I can remember) but the combination of peanuts and chocolate is always good so I liked it very wel. It was quite crowded when we got in , with a lot of people waiting for the counter but most of them were there for takeaway, so luckely we managed to get a table, after lunchhours its less crowded.

Pros: Very nice staff, Cozy friendly atmosphere, Healthy but tasty food

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great vegan food available - Edit

Went there for lunch and the daily soup and meal were both vegan. Loved the carrot cocoanut soup and bread with hummus. Would go back again. There is no market in the front like description says on happy cow.

Pros: good food, great proportions

Cons: expensive- but it is Iceland!

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Great food - Edit

The food was excellent. Unfortunately the place closes super early so it took a few tries before I was able to get food here. The food its self is great, but the price for the portions were a bit on the pricey side.

Pros: excellent food, nice staff

Cons: closes early, pricey

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A Sri Chinmoy restaurant in Iceland - Edit

This is a small cafe with a rotating menu with one soup and one entree offered daily - the menu for the week is posted in advance on the door. Some vegan options are available. There are a few vegan sweets and baked goods including a vegan brownie, coffee bite (like a small fudge piece), and snickers treat. It's a very pleasant and peaceful environment particularly if you are familiar with the Sri Chinmoy restaurants(i.e. Silence-Heart-Nest in Fremont Seattle, Annam Brahma in New York or Consciousness Blossoms, Florida).

Pros: Vegan baked goods, Vegan soups/entrees, Friendly staff

Cons: Rotating Menu, Small Selection

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Good food! - Edit

Small, restful restaurant in Reykjavik city center. Daily changing menu and family atmosphere. Tasty healthy food for a reasonable price. As far as I have experienced the menu the food is pretty low in fat.
There is nothing very special about this place though.

Pros: healthy and tasty, daily changing menu, reasonable prices

Cons: nothing exceptional

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Wonderful start to trip - Edit

We arrived in the late afternoon in February and were pleased to be staying just down from here. We have a wonderful warming meal of tomato soup and veg goulash with salad. Reasonably priced by Icelandic standards, and very welcoming. Be aware of the opening hours, it's generally not open in the evening.

Pros: Welcoming staff, Reasonably priced, Cosy

Cons: Not open in evening

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Best Meal in Reykjavík - Edit

For our vegetarian threesome touring in Reykjavík, this restaurant gave our family the best meal of our trip.

Iceland is not a vege- heaven, but this place is an angelic find. Simple menu, but well executed. I wish they had dinner hours.

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Vegan lentil soup/ couscous w veggies n Brownies - Edit

Food was delicious and decor/ambience was nice...staff was friendly n spoke English...definitely would return again
They may not offer vegan main dishes daily so I would call prior to eating there

Pros: vegan options, reasonable price, delicious foods

Cons: closed sundays

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Quiet but so yummy! - Edit

This nice little place has a new soup/main dish menu every day that promotes veggie dishes from all over the world. We went there twice during our short visit and were very happy with both options! The staff is very friendly!

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Worth Checking Out - Edit

Well prepared food, plenty of taste and a nice cafe-buzz.

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Cafe AND health-food store - Edit

This little cafe is lovely plus I believe the health food store next door is also theirs (this store is slightly bigger than the other a few doors down and appears to have more selection, but pricey!).

The staff spoke English well and we had a different vegan option each day. This place is popular so if you towards the end of the day, you may find they have sold out, so don't go at the last minute if you are vegan as the option may be gone =)

We had soup one day and a curry/stew the other- both were lovely. Plus we tried their snickers vegan dessert also- yummy! They have a chiller for desserts and items are clearly labelled vegan/gluten free etc =)

As mentioned, they put up a sign in the window laying out their whole weekly menu, so you can decide what days you like and plan around that which is useful!

Pros: good vegan options, yummy vegan treats, friendly staff

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Great Soup and Bread - Edit

We went for lunch and got the daily soup and bread. The soup was delicious and just what we needed to warm up. The bread was soft and good with hummus or butter.

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Small but perfectly formed - Edit

An excellent small veggie cafe in the city centre. Had a special on each day, which seems to be the only main meal. The curry I had was nice although quite tame. This is usually the case when dealing with a variety of "heat tolerances" i suppose. nice and clean and nice staff too. Would defintely go back. The smallest of the veggie place in town.

Pros: Clean and Friendly, Nice food

Cons: limited choice

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Closed for summer vacation - Edit

Just a tip if anyone else is trying to go here: they are closed until 14 September for a vacation.

If you see a sign for a vegetarian restaurant down the street, that "vegetarian" restaurant serves meat. FYI.

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