There’s a magical bakery hiding in the buzzy Grandi Harbor (Old Harbor) area of in Reykjavík, Iceland.

 

Big Boats and Funky Shops Co-Exist in Reykjavík, Iceland's Grandi Harbor (Old Harbor)
Big Boats and Funky Shops Co-Exist in Reykjavík, Iceland’s Grandi Harbor (Old Harbor)

 

Every day, 17 Sortir (17 Sorts) churns out 17 different kinds of freshly baked goodies. The menu of sweet treats rotates each morning and new recipes are regularly added into the mix, but certain things never change. Owner Auður Ögn Árnadóttir told FoodWaterShoes that she always uses fresh ingredients and that she strives to follow the high standards of baking her grandmother aspired to.

 

Sweet Tooth Worthy - A Chocolate Chip and Turkish Pepper (Licorice) Cookie at 17 Sortir in Reykjavík's Grandi Harbor (Old Harbor)
Sweet Tooth Worthy – A Chocolate Chip and Turkish Pepper (Licorice) Cookie at 17 Sortir in Reykjavík’s Grandi Harbor (Old Harbor)

 

From traditional cookies with a twist to cupcakes with exotic fillings, you’ll have trouble deciding which of 17 Sortir’s decadent bites you’ll want to taste test first.

 

Your New Religion - The Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with Passion Fruit Filling at 17 Sortir in Reykjavík, Iceland
Your New Religion – The Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with Passion Fruit Filling at 17 Sortir in Reykjavík, Iceland

 

The name for the bakery, 17 Sortir, originated from a book by Icelandic Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness called Under the Glacier.

 

Reykjavík's 17 Sortir Bakery Gives Baskin-Robbins a Run for Its Money in the Flavor Department
Reykjavík’s 17 Sortir Bakery Gives Baskin-Robbins a Run for Its Money in the Flavor Department

 

There’s a quote in the novel where a character states, “…Hér er ekkert fint undir sautján sortum.” Which in English translates roughly to, “…Nothing less than 17 sorts is thought genteel here.”

 

Peace, Love and Cupcakes - A Couple of Chocolate Cupcake Options at 17 Sortir in Reykjavík, Iceland
Peace, Love and Cupcakes – A Couple of Chocolate Cupcake Options at 17 Sortir in Reykjavík, Iceland

 

While we were in the bakery, the owner let us in on a little secret.

 

Raising the Baking Bar - Homemade Goodies from 17 Sortir in Reykjavík, Iceland
Raising the Baking Bar – Homemade Goodies from 17 Sortir in Reykjavík, Iceland

 

Business is booming at the specialty cupcake shop, so much so that there are plans to open a second 17 Sortir location at the Kringlan shopping mall in September 2017.

 

A Piece of the Sweet Life - Cupcakes on Display at the 17 Sortir Bakery in Reykjavík, Iceland
A Piece of the Sweet Life – Cupcakes on Display at the 17 Sortir Bakery in Reykjavík, Iceland

 

Whether you worked up an appetite after wandering the biggest whale museum in the world (the Whales of Iceland is a must see in Reykjavík) or you’re gearing up to shop until you drop in Grandi Harbor, 17 Sortir is worth swinging by even if you only intend to window shop.

 

17 Sortir in Reykjavík, Iceland
17 Sortir in Reykjavík, Iceland

 

17 Sortir
Address: Grandagarður 19
Reykjavík, Iceland 101
Hours: Monday Through Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm
Phone: +354 571 1701
Email: 17sortir@gmail.com
Pricing (All in Icelandic Króna): Cookies and Cupcakes 400 to 500