Although I have some reservations about using the word quirky to describe all things Icelandic I have to say that it’s the best word to describe one of my favorite cafes in Reykjavík: Cafe Babalú. Cafe Babalú has been around for a while but it took me a long time to visit it for the first time. The reason for that seems rather silly now but to be honest I was a little bit scared of it. Back then the cafe only consisted of the top floor of the brightly yellow painted house, later they then added the bottom floor, and I felt it was too small, too local and just too much somehow.
Actually, if I tell you more of these personal stories you’ll soon realize what a neurotic freak I am so maybe I should quit while I’m ahead.
So back to Babalú and my irrational fear of it. One day, after trying to dodge the bullet for years, I was feeling particularly brave and just said yes when someone suggested we’d meet there. As soon as I got in I realized what a moron I had been (or you know, a untreated social anxiety patient) because instead of people pointing at me and laughing (like, does that ever happen?) what I actually experienced was a super cozy atmosphere, friendly service and some heavenly homemade cakes. I told you the whole thing was silly.
Although I don’t go there nearly often enough, every now and again I drop in and I almost always have one of their delicious cakes (the cheesecake is the one they are best known for – yum). Actually, reflecting on that last sentence maybe it’s a good thing that I don’t go there more often.
All of these lovely photos were taken by the very talented and equally nice Mimi Giboin, a California based photographer, who I met with at Cafe Babalú on my birthday back in February. Of course we had some cake (carrot this time- also yum!) before we headed out for a bit of an expedition around the city. Super nice girl and a fantastic birthday buddy!
So if you have a bit of a sweet tooth or you’re just looking for a nice place to chill after a long day walking you should definitely check out the quirky cool Cafe Babalú in Skólavörðustígur. As you can see there’s no reason to be scared of it. Yes yes, I know, that was just me.
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