Wicked Coffee, Bacon Sarnies And A Perfect Place To Work In The Northern Quarter
An Icelandic gem
There are two main types of coffee shops.
The first is the functional chain type which works pretty much like a petrol station, where you go in and quickly get a refill of your caffeine reserves and quickly move on with the day ahead.
The second is a place where you’d like to spend a little time, maybe eat some food, read a magazine and do a little work if you're in the mood.
Takk most definitely fits into the latter category – calling itself an Icelandic cafe (in fairness to them they’ve been on the Icelandic bandwagon long before the beardy lads captured/broke our hearts at the Euros), offering great wifi, lots of open space and a chilled out vibe.
The place is kitted out with ample power sockets and large benches that make it perfect for spending a few hours doing some work.
You’d even say they encourage it here because you can’t look in any direction without seeing a shiny macbook air or iPad with creative types huddled around it, working on what must be world- or day-changing projects.
I had a bacon sarnie which came with something called avocado butter – a term I'd never heard before, and it sure did look like regular smashed avocado to me, but I guess giving it a fancy name maybe helped justify the £5 price tag.
Mind you, the excellent crispy bacon and the offer of red or brown sauce made it all worth it though.
The place prides itself on its coffee and you’d have to say it is fully justified in doing so.
The counter is dotted with all the paraphernalia you’d expect in a high end coffee joint including Chemex, Aeropress and beans ground fresh.
As an added bonus they have the perfect antidote to the digital world we live in – and, indeed, the one they so actively encourage – with hundreds of great magazines to read. National Geographic? Monocle? Yes please.
All in all a wonderful little spot to get lost in for a few hours and enjoy really superb coffee in Takk.