Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk
A lot of people dream of visiting beautiful Greenland….
and I’m guessing if you’re reading this, you might be one of them! When that dream becomes reality for you (and I really hope it does!), you might want a cup of coffee to help you wake from your dream and realize that yes – you’ve finally made it to the arctic.
Like many other things, coffee culture in Greenland differs a bit from the rest of the world.
However, coffee is essential when going on trips into the vast Arctic nature, and trust me – this goes for local hunters and tourists alike. Even the most awkwardly dosed instant coffee with powdered* milk has the potential to taste amazing in the face of the Arctic. But hey, sometimes you just want to sit down in a nice place and have a cup of mocha.
These three cafés are not to miss if you’re a coffee lover in Nuuk.
Loved for its beautiful setting right on the ocean, Inuk Hostels is a place worth visiting for anyone who finds themselves in Nuuk. And yes, as the name reveals – it’s a hostel. You might even be staying there for your visit!
Besides it’s beautiful view, Inuk Hostels offers both coffee and cakes. If you’re hungry, you can eat your dinner here or if it’s the weekend and you love brunch, then try out their brunch buffet. You might even be lucky enough that an event is happening while you’re in Nuuk – sometimes they host concerts with local talent!
And pssst: many visitors also appreciate the rare gift of free wifi that Inuk Hostel offers.
Kaffivik is the newest addition to the café landscape of Nuuk, but do no be fooled – the owners Julie and Svend Hardenberg have been roasting coffee for coffee connaisseurs for years (it’s sold in both Pisiffik, Brugsen and now of course the café). Kaffivik is the only place in Nuuk, in Greenland even, who roast their own coffee and if you dont believe me, you better visit. They have their roaster on display! And psssst: Kaffivik is decorated by Julie, who is one of the most iconic and relevant Inuit artists today, so if you love art and coffee – Kaffivik is the place for you.
Pascucci, or Pascu for short, is a local hotspot for coffee, people watching and for bumping into friends and family smack in the middle of Nuuk Center. You might notice that most locals do a quick scan of the room when they enter Pascucci and light up when they see a familiar face – we are a very close knit community and we love seeing people we know. Pascucci probably has the most varied menu of the three places mentioned in this top three. If you have a sweet tooth, they offer different kinds of iced and hot coffee with flavors (did someone say iced mocha Frappuccino?) but they also serve timeless classics like an Italian espresso. And if you like a burger with your coffee, Pascu is the place for you.
And pssst: if you’re traveling with little kids, there is a designated kids corner with cartoons on the tv. They might even make a new friend!
Nuuk also has a handful other cafés that are worth a visit, especially if you’re staying for a bit longer.
Esmeralda, Killut and the recently opened Esme Lounge are always a good options just to name a few. If you’re lucky enough to make local friends you might even be invited to a Kaffemik!
*powdered milk is a stable in a lot of arctic homes and tourist organizations because of its practicality. Fresh milk is expensive, heavy and doesnt last very long. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it though – I recommend trying it at sea on a boat while chewing on a biscuit!