Reykjavik Travel Guide

Iceland  #5 in Best Christmas Vacations
Credit

Courtesy of Sascha Kilmer/Getty Images

What to Eat in Reykjavik

As questionable as Icelandic delicacies like putrefied shark, pickled ram's testicles, sheep's head, minke whale and puffin sound, you can always trust that New Nordic cuisine will be prepared with fresh and rich ingredients. Local seafood, in particular, is a mainstay in Icelandic fare – fitting of a city surrounded by arctic waters. The city is also known for skyr (a yogurt-like dairy product offered in a variety of flavors), hangikjöt (smoked lamb) and pylsur (hot dogs that are deepened in flavor by lamb meat). And no visit to Reykjavik would be complete without trying Íslensk kjötsúpa (a traditional lamb soup that varies by restaurant, much like a mole sauce in Mexican cuisine or a marinara sauce in Italy). Icelanders will no doubt try to convince you that their lamb meat is the best out there and with good reason. The rumored secret behind the savory meat is the freedom the sheep are given to roam as they please.

For upscale dining, pay a visit to Food Cellar or Fiskfelagid Fish Company, where fresh seafood and lamb are served with a modern twist. If you'd rather grab a quick bite while saving some coin, sample a pylsur with the works (raw and fried onions, slightly spicy mustard, apple-filled ketchup and a relish-like sauce made with mayo and capers) at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur. Be prepared to wait in line, though, since this hot dog stand is popular with locals and tourists alike. It has even welcomed American icons like former President Bill Clinton and Kim Kardashian West.

When you've eaten your way through all of Reykjavik's top restaurants, don't forget to stop by a cafe, where selling quality coffee made by trained baristas is the norm. Reykjavik Roasters is especially popular with locals. Icelandic beers made by companies like Einstök Beer Company and Ölgerdin Egill Skallagrímsson are also highly regarded. Some of Reykjavik's most popular watering holes include The Icelandic Bar and Micro Bar.

——

Find the Best Restaurants in Reykjavik

  • #1
    Braud & Co
    #1 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1770 reviewsTripAdvisor (1770)
    $ | European
    16, Frakkastigur Gló Restaurant Fákafeni & Hlemmur Mathöll, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #2
    101 Reykjavik Street Food
    #2 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 178 reviewsTripAdvisor (178)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, Street Food, Soups
    Ingolfsstraeti 2, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #3
    Icelandic Street Food
    #3 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2510 reviewsTripAdvisor (2510)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, Soups
    Laekjargata 8 and Laugavegur 85, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #4
    Fish&Co
    #4 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 253 reviewsTripAdvisor (253)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, European, Scandinavian, Street Food
    Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #5
    Fisherman Fish Shop & Kitchen
    #5 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 126 reviewsTripAdvisor (126)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, European, Scandinavian
    Hagamel 67 Vesturbær / Reykjavík West, Reykjavik 107 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #6
    Early in the morning
    #6 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 109 reviewsTripAdvisor (109)
    $ - $$ | European, Scandinavian
    Veghusastigur 9 What3words: Soils.went.liberty, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #7
    Lamb street food
    #7 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 218 reviewsTripAdvisor (218)
    $ | European, Pub, Healthy, Gastropub, Street Food, Arabic
    Grandagardi 7, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #8
    Reykjavik Kitchen
    #8 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 212 reviewsTripAdvisor (212)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Scandinavian, European, Healthy
    Raudararstig 8, Reykjavik 105 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #9
    Gallery Fiskur
    #9 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 137 reviewsTripAdvisor (137)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian, Healthy
    Nethylur 2, Reykjavik 110 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #10
    Old Iceland Restaurant
    #10 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2255 reviewsTripAdvisor (2255)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian
    Laugavegur 72, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #11
    Forrettabarinn
    #11 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1290 reviewsTripAdvisor (1290)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian, International
    Nylendugata 14, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #12
    Joylato
    #12 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
    $ - $$ |
    Njalsgata 1 Downtown Reykjavik, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #13
    Resto
    #13 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1367 reviewsTripAdvisor (1367)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian
    Raudararstigur 27-29, Reykjavik 105 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #14
    Gott Reykjavik
    #14 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 121 reviewsTripAdvisor (121)
    $ - $$ | European, International, Healthy
    Hafnarstraeti 17, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #15
    Matarkjallarinn - Foodcellar
    #15 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 746 reviewsTripAdvisor (746)
    $$ | Scandinavian
    Adalstraeti 2, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #16
    Fiskmarkadurinn - The Fish Market
    #16 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3389 reviewsTripAdvisor (3389)
    $$ | Asian, Street Food, Fusion
    Adalstraeti 12, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #17
    Ostabudin
    #17 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2013 reviewsTripAdvisor (2013)
    $ - $$ |
    Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #18
    Messinn
    #18 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1837 reviewsTripAdvisor (1837)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian
    Laekjargata 6b, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #19
    Krost
    #19 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 213 reviewsTripAdvisor (213)
    $ - $$ | Grill, Wine Bar, Seafood, European
    Laugavegi 107 Hlemmur Food Hall, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »
  • #20
    Cafe Gardurinn
    #20 of 593 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 148 reviewsTripAdvisor (148)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, European, Soups
    Klapparstigur 37, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
    Read More »

Explore More of Reykjavik

Recommended

The 6 Best New York City Bus Tours

Let a trained driver worry about the traffic while you enjoy the Big Apple's best sights.

Holly JohnsonMay 24, 2019

12 Top Texas Wineries to Visit

From the Texas Hill Country to the Texas High Plains, the Lone Star State offers top-notch wineries for oenophiles.

Kyle McCarthyMay 23, 2019

The 7 Best San Francisco Bus Tours

Visit the top attractions in this hilly city without breaking a sweat.

Lyn MettlerMay 22, 2019

The 15 Best Washington, D.C., Tours

The nation's capital has more to offer than free museums and tons of history.

Kim Foley MacKinnonMay 22, 2019

10 Amazing Montana Vacations

Breathtaking landscapes and year-round outdoor adventures will inspire you to visit Big Sky Country.

Gwen PratesiMay 20, 2019

The 13 Best Savannah Tours

Experience real southern hospitality when visiting Savannah with these top tours.

John RodwanMay 16, 2019

The 15 Best Boston Tours

Get to know one of America's most historic cities with these tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonMay 14, 2019

The 18 Best New Orleans Tours

With so much to see and do in New Orleans, these tours will help you maximize your time in the Big Easy.

Claire LawtonMay 10, 2019

The 7 Best Chicago Boat Tours

These low-key tours offer unique views of a city famed for its skyline.

Holly JohnsonMay 9, 2019

30 Cheap Weekend Getaways in the USA

From beach destinations to amusement parks, these vacations are perfect for an affordable and quick trip.

Holly JohnsonMay 9, 2019