It’s no secret that the Icelandic diet is a healthy, nutritious and delicious one. It probably explains why we are some of the happiest, healthiest, most beautiful humans on the planet. When finding the best places to eat in Reykjavik, fish is, of course, the most ubiquitous ingredient used in Icelandic cooking, with fermented shark meat being something of a celebrated signature dish. But what else can you look forward to getting your chops around on a trip to the capital city of Reykjavik?
Here, we’ll tell you some of our favourite and best places to eat in Reykjavik.
Reykjavik4you have rounded up some of the most highly recommended eateries, across all budgets. Let’s take a look at some more places to go below:
What better way to experience the local fare than stocking up on the ingredients and cooking an Icelandic storm in your Reykjavik4you apartment kitchen? Pick up weird and wonderful flavours from Kaloportid Flea Market, and your essentials such as cheese, fish and pastries. It’s located near the harbour and is Reykjavik’s biggest flea market, so you can spend the whole morning around here. Take advantage of the free tasters too!
Fish fans should make a reservation at this traditional restaurant for one of the best places to eat in Reykjavik. If you’re looking to push the boat out and be a little adventurous in your choice, go for one of the more obscure offerings such as Minke whale, smoked puffin or catfish.
Looking for the best coffee in Reykjavik? Well look no further. Locals and visitors alike flock to this café that is owned by two award-winning roasters who see coffee as a work of art. One of the owners even trained at coffee powerhouse The Coffee Collective, in Copenhagen. Pop in for a rest and caffeine fix during a day of sightseeing.
If you can’t resist a good burger, Bio Borgari are a fast food joint with a difference. (It’s worth noting that you definitely won’t see a McDonald’s or Burger King around these parts.) The two brothers who run this place only use organic ingredients that are sustainably farmed. They’re probably the healthiest burger you’ll have, but the tastiest too.
Head to this market to check out all the newest chefs, pop ups and street food offerings in the city. There’s a real buzz and sense of community with the gathering of people who come for good food. It is only put on throughout the summer, so check opening times before you go to find it.
Broaden your international flavour palette even more with dinner at this Indian restaurant. Expect traditional Indian dishes with touches of the Icelandic surroundings, like the cod curry. It’s totally unpretentious and big on flavour (you can order a cheeky cocktail, too!).
Vegans are well catered for in this cool and chilled dining area, which is the city’s only vegan restaurant. Fill up on vegan lasagne, veggie sushi and the oumpf sandwich – its famous dish made with Swedish soy and caramelised onions. Oh and as the name suggests, there is a huge vinyl library to peruse while you’re waiting to eat.
After a day tantalising your taste buds, make sure you have somewhere comfortable and spacious to get comfortable in, by booking a Reykjavik4you apartment in the 101 area. Then get ready to fill up all over again the next day.