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
    Braud & Co
    #1 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1845 reviewsTripAdvisor (1845)
    $ | European
    16, Frakkastigur Gló Restaurant Fákafeni & Hlemmur Mathöll, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #2
    101 Reykjavik Street Food
    #2 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 306 reviewsTripAdvisor (306)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, Asian, Street Food, Soups
    Ingolfsstraeti 2, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #3
    Fish&Co
    #3 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 259 reviewsTripAdvisor (259)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, European, Scandinavian, Street Food
    Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #4
    Fisherman Fish Shop & Kitchen
    #4 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 134 reviewsTripAdvisor (134)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, European, Scandinavian
    Hagamel 67 Vesturbær / Reykjavík West, Reykjavik 107 Iceland
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  • #5
    Icelandic Street Food
    #5 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2612 reviewsTripAdvisor (2612)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, Soups
    Laekjargata 8 and Laugavegur 85, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #6
    Early in the morning
    #6 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 116 reviewsTripAdvisor (116)
    $ - $$ | European, Scandinavian
    Veghusastigur 9 What3words: Soils.went.liberty, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #7
    Reykjavik Kitchen
    #7 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 263 reviewsTripAdvisor (263)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Scandinavian, European, Healthy, Soups
    Raudararstig 8, Reykjavik 105 Iceland
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  • #8
    Lamb street food
    #8 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 241 reviewsTripAdvisor (241)
    $ | European, Pub, Healthy, Gastropub, Street Food, Arabic
    Grandagardi 7, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #9
    Gallery Fiskur
    #9 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 143 reviewsTripAdvisor (143)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian, Healthy
    Nethylur 2, Reykjavik 110 Iceland
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  • #10
    Old Iceland Restaurant
    #10 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2290 reviewsTripAdvisor (2290)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian
    Laugavegur 72, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #11
    Forrettabarinn
    #11 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1301 reviewsTripAdvisor (1301)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian, International
    Nylendugata 14, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #12
    Resto
    #12 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1395 reviewsTripAdvisor (1395)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian
    Raudararstigur 27-29, Reykjavik 105 Iceland
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  • #13
    Matarkjallarinn - Foodcellar
    #13 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 765 reviewsTripAdvisor (765)
    $$ | Scandinavian
    Adalstraeti 2, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #14
    Joylato
    #14 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 249 reviewsTripAdvisor (249)
    $ - $$ |
    Njalsgata 1 Downtown Reykjavik, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #15
    Fiskmarkadurinn - The Fish Market
    #15 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3424 reviewsTripAdvisor (3424)
    $$ | Japanese
    Adalstraeti 12, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #16
    Ostabudin
    #16 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2049 reviewsTripAdvisor (2049)
    $ - $$ |
    Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #17
    Gott Reykjavik
    #17 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 130 reviewsTripAdvisor (130)
    $ - $$ | European, International, Healthy
    Hafnarstraeti 17, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #18
    Fiskfelagid - Fish Company
    #18 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1941 reviewsTripAdvisor (1941)
    $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian, International
    Vesturgata 2a Grófartorg, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #19
    Messinn
    #19 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1879 reviewsTripAdvisor (1879)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian
    Laekjargata 6b, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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  • #20
    Krost
    #20 of 597 Places to Eat in Reykjavik
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 228 reviewsTripAdvisor (228)
    $ - $$ | Grill, Wine Bar, Seafood, European
    Laugavegi 107 Hlemmur Food Hall, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
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