Reykjavik Travel Guide

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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.

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  • #1
    101 Reykjavik Street Food
    #1 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1006 reviewsTripAdvisor (1006)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, Soups, Scandinavian, Street Food
    Ingolfsstraeti 2, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #2
    Braud & Co
    #2 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2069 reviewsTripAdvisor (2069)
    $ |
    16, Frakkastigur Gló Restaurant Fákafeni & Hlemmur Mathöll, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #3
    Fisherman Fish Shop & Kitchen
    #3 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 165 reviewsTripAdvisor (165)
    $ | Seafood, Scandinavian
    Hagamel 67 Vesturbær / Reykjavík West, Reykjavik 107 Iceland
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  • #4
    Icelandic Street Food
    #4 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3046 reviewsTripAdvisor (3046)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, Soups
    Laekjargata 8, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #5
    Reykjavik Kitchen
    #5 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 489 reviewsTripAdvisor (489)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian, Healthy
    Raudararstig 8, Reykjavik 105 Iceland
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  • #6
    Old Iceland Restaurant
    #6 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2451 reviewsTripAdvisor (2451)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian
    Laugavegur 72, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #7
    Resto
    #7 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1475 reviewsTripAdvisor (1475)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian
    Raudararstigur 27-29, Reykjavik 105 Iceland
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  • #8
    Matarkjallarinn - Foodcellar
    #8 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 864 reviewsTripAdvisor (864)
    $$ | Scandinavian
    Adalstraeti 2, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #9
    Emilie and the Cool Kids
    #9 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 96 reviewsTripAdvisor (96)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    hverfisgata 98, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #10
    Lamb street food
    #10 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 329 reviewsTripAdvisor (329)
    $ | European, Healthy, Gastropub, Street Food, Arabic
    Grandagardi 7, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #11
    Fish&Co
    #11 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 281 reviewsTripAdvisor (281)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, European, Scandinavian, Street Food
    Frakkastig 25, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #12
    Gallery Fiskur
    #12 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 158 reviewsTripAdvisor (158)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Healthy, Scandinavian
    Nethylur 2, Reykjavik 110 Iceland
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  • #13
    Early in the morning
    #13 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 148 reviewsTripAdvisor (148)
    $ - $$ | European
    Veghusastigur 9 What3words: Soils.went.liberty, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #14
    Joylato
    #14 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 272 reviewsTripAdvisor (272)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, International
    Njalsgata 1 Downtown Reykjavik, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #15
    Forrettabarinn
    #15 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1381 reviewsTripAdvisor (1381)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian, International
    Nylendugata 14, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #16
    Fiskfelagid - Fish Company
    #16 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2043 reviewsTripAdvisor (2043)
    $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian, International
    Vesturgata 2a Grófartorg, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #17
    Hi Noodle Reykjavik
    #17 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 160 reviewsTripAdvisor (160)
    $ - $$ | Japanese
    Frakkastigur 9, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #18
    Sandholt Reykjavik
    #18 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2064 reviewsTripAdvisor (2064)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, European, Scandinavian
    Laugavegur 36, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #19
    Reykjavik Rost
    #19 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 252 reviewsTripAdvisor (252)
    $ | Cafe, Soups
    Geirsgata 5c, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #20
    Cafe Gardurinn
    #20 of 626 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 161 reviewsTripAdvisor (161)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Soups, International, Healthy
    Klapparstigur 37, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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