Our hostel didn't include breakfast, so we decided to see what else was available. The tourist office pointed us to any number of hotel breakfasts. I asked about the coffeehouse across the street from the bus station; we were told the place had only "very basic" breakfasts, and that we'd be better off just paying up at a hotel.
Well, thanks a lot for the advice, but we tried Kaffistovan anyway. Their selection of breakfast food was just fine, from bread and cheese to pastries to cold cuts. We liked it so much, we came back every morning for breakfast during our stay in Tórshavn.
As far as I know, this is the only coffeehouse open early in town. On weekdays, it opens at 7AM. Saturdays, it opens at 10AM. Kaffistovan is closed on Sundays.
Favorite Dish: We especially liked the pastries. I think my favorite was the croissant with Nutella filling. The first morning, the cashier even made pancakes specially for Sara (Note: pancakes are not normally served for breakfast in this part of the world).
The food selection is a la carte. Depending on what you get, breakfast will cost you between Kr 20 and Kr 45. A large coffee costs Kr 10; refills cost Kr 5.
An inexpensive option for dinner, especially if you like to eat early, is to go to a Café. This particular one, Café Natur, has a pleasant interior, decent food, and very good Faroese beer on tap.
When you enter, pick any seat you like (the upper section is non-smoking through around 9PM). To order, walk up to the bar and tell the bar tender what you want. Pick up your drinks and wait for your food to be delivered to you. To pay, walk up to the bar and tell them what you ordered. Tipping is generally not expected, but feel free to put any small coins you get as change into the large Akvavit glass at the bar.
Favorite Dish: I liked the "Natur Burger," which isn't actually a hamburger but a chicken sandwich served on a hamburger bun. Sara really liked their "Nachos," but be aware they are made with Mozzarella cheese. Their pitas and tortillas are also interesting and tasty, even if purists might not be exactly thrilled.
As for beer, the Café has a full complement of brews made by Föroya Bjór. I especially liked the Black Sheep Ale, as well as the Green Island Stout. A pint costs Kr 55-65, depending on what you get. A bit pricey, but since I was coming from Iceland, I was downright giddy at how cheap it was! 8)
Here's a motto for you: "Brasserie Hvonn: Faroese-American cuisine." Hmm...
But anyway, despite the odd motto, the food is quite good. Service is quick and efficient, and the portions are quite large. This place is located inside the Hotel Tórshavn, so you can expect plenty of tourists here. However, the majority of patrons were locals when we visitied, indicating this could be a popular lunch-hour eatery for Tórshavn workers.
Favorite Dish: There is a reasonable daily special, which is what most of the locals were enjoying. But we weren't much in the mood for Beef Stroganoff. I had a pizza, which was reasonably priced, tasty, and very large. Sara had a shrimp pita which shared the same three characteristics. Beer was on tap, but we stuck to the Coke and Fanta this time.
We decided to splash out and try the luxury restaurant on our final night in Tórshavn. The atmosphere is wonderful, with tremendous picture windows overlooking Tórshavn and the harbor. The service was excellent, and the food was well-prepared and of excellent quality. My one peeve: our guidebook said this place specialized in Puffin, but it was not on the menu when we visited. Oh well.
Favorite Dish: I had the grilled monkfish, which was fresh, artfully prepared, and tasty.
If you're looking for a fill-the-tank meal and don't really want to cook for yourself, consider Sunset Boulevard, a sandwich shop in the SMS Shopping Center not far from the soccer stadium. You get a decent choice of sandwich or wrap "combo meals" to include "healthy fries" (baked french fries) and a drink for around Kr 65. It will not be the culinary highlight of your trip, but it's quick, (relatively) cheap, and filling.
Favorite Dish: I had some sort of chicken-and-cheese sandwich or other on ciabatta with "salsa" (more or less chopped tomatoes with a mild green pepper or two and a little onion thrown in). Sara had something similar, only in a wrap. Nothing to write home about, but perfectly edible.
OK, first the good news: there is not a single McDonald's in Tórshavn. The bad news: there is a Burger King. I'm sure it's just fine, and no doubt a godsend for anyone traveling in the area with children. It can also serve well as a budget meal, I suppose, especially for homesick Yankees craving a Whopper. I didn't eat here, but the burgers smelled just as good as they do around my home.
Favorite Dish: If I recall correctly, a Whopper value meal runs about Kr 60.
The restaurant that belongs to the 4-star Hotel Foroyar on top of the road Oyggjarvegur has a relatively small card, but what they offer is real quality. It is a 4-star restaurant with a great view over the city. We ate there once when the sun was shining over the city, so excellent views!
It was a saturday afternoon, and I had previously visited Baresso in Copenhagen. This was a more intersting experience it was located on one floor and had similar furniture although there was significantly more open space and soft seating.
Great staff and good atmosphere.
I decided to have late lunch at the hotel I was staying in - I discovered they have very strict rules about the times you can order certain things from the menu. The lunch menu is the lunch menu and by default so is the dinner menu - don't make the mistake of thinking they will cook to order.
The staff were friendly and all quite young.
It should be noted that the hotel and restaurant are a non smoking complex. the ABA fire alarm system is connected to the fire station. If you are a smoker and you set it off, you will be charged DKK 2,500.
hvonn brasserie is open every day from 07.00 - 22.00
the hvonn cafe and bar is open Sunday to Thursday 12.00 - 24.00
the hvonn cafe and bar is open Friday and saturday 12.00 - 02.00
Favorite Dish: I eventually decided to have a Mexican Chicken Pita - wonderful choice lots to eat.
Excellent Food! Excellent Staff! Excellent Experience!
It was a rather wet Friday evening - and the whole city centre seemed to be a little quiet. The food was excellent and the waiting staff wonderful - professional, friendly and very attentive. I think I can safely say that this was one of the best meals and dining experiences I have recently enjoyed.
ALV was founded in1956 by the General Accident Insurance Group (FUR) and acts as an independent institution. The main aim is to help people with limited opportunities for finding work to produce various homemade Faroese handicrafts. these items are woven, carved and knitted - limited numbers of each are held in stock.
There is a cafe which seels good coffee and a range of cakes and pastries - they also have an internet facility for customers.
President Bill Clinton called in for coffee when he visited the Faroes in October 2007.
Mánadag-fríggjadag frá kl.10:00 til 18:00 (Monday to Friday)
Leygardag frá kl. 10:00 til 14:00 (Saturday)
Sunnudag er stongt. (Sunday)
Favorite Dish: the coffee is enjoyable - or as Bill Clinton said very tasteful.
After a long walk from the city centre up to the heights of the Hotel Føroyar and the arriving at the Nordic House I really needed a coffee - so after a look round the building, I enjoyed a coffee, a bun and some water.
friendly and professional staff
Daily opening hours are 10.00 – 18.00 (monday - saturday)
Sundays and Public Holidays 14.00 – 18.00.
It was a sunday night, and I had several options to consider to eat. I decided it would be Rio Bravo. It was close to the hotel and other venues (isn't everything in Tórshavn).
It was fairly early, but there were 10 or so people already eating when I arrived.
Favorite Dish: Peppered Steak - and steaks generally.
As with other bars and cafes - thyere is a smoking and non smoking end to the building. As ever the non smokers must walk through the bar to get to their section. Mixed clientele - fairly young.
The cafe seems popular and has a real mix of clientele - young and old.
Pleasant experience - wonderful desserts and steaks.
Monday-Saturday 07.00-10.00 & 12.00-14.00 & 18.00-21.30
Sunday 12.00-17.00 & 18.00-21.30
Favorite Dish: Ice Cream Bomb