Reykjavik is a great place to find a hearty, delicious breakfast or brunch. There are many excellent restaurants and bistros around the city, each with their own unique offers. Enjoy cafés in quiet neighborhoods by the pool, or by the old harbor. Here is our list of the best places in Reykjavik to have your first meal of the day.
Breakfast is served on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Enjoy a chia seed porridge with fruit or a salmon omelet, for example. Brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy the brunch platter with a little bit of everything, the pancake platter, or the French toast platter. They serve great coffee and cake, as well. Considered the oldest restaurant in Reykjavik, this hidden gem is seemingly known only by fishermen, as it sits right on the harbor.
Located inside Reykjavik Marina Hotel, Slippbarinn offers a brunch buffet on weekends from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. with everything you could want from a brunch menu—waffles, brunch cocktails, and green smoothies. Slippbarinn also offers a breakfast buffet on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a healthy and energizing classic breakfast. Enjoy the antique decorated café right next to the old harbor.
Breakfast is served weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Enjoy different kinds of porridge as well as fresh and delicious toast with avocado, salmon, or parmaham. Brunch is served on weekends. Located on an idyllic corner in the relaxed Westside neighborhood, this is a great place to eat after a visit to the public swimming pool just across the street, for coffee, or for pastries.
Brunch is served everyday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Check out the amazing champagne cocktail brunch menu featuring elderflower champagne. This quintessential French Bistro-decorated establishment gives you the option of the Icelandic Brunch featuring traditional slátur, blood pudding, or the French Brunch with pork paté and camembert.
Brunch is served on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On offer, for example, are homemade blueberry and banana pancakes served with caramelized bananas, blueberry compote, Greek yogurt, and cream. Breakfast is served on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. On offer is everything the brunch menu offers, as well as a variety of porridge. Known famously for being family friendly, they have actual coin-operated laundry machines downstairs for guests.
Prikið is notably the oldest coffeeshop in Reykjavik. The exterior is still the same as when it opened in the 1950s, but prepared to be surprised on the weekends as it is a popular place for hip hop DJs to play late into the morning. This establishment has an American inspired menu with names for dishes such as The Truck: bacon, eggs, pancakes, syrup, toast, grilled tomato, and fried potatoes; and The Station Wagon: bacon, eggs, sausages, toast, and baked beans. Breakfast is served all day.
Brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Flóran Garden Bistro is set inside the Reykjavik Botanical Gardens in a lovely plant and herb greenhouse—a strong inspiration for the menu. Many of the raw material used in the kitchen is coming straight from the garden. It is only open from May 1 to October 1. The brunch menu offers a changing variety of Nordic inspired open-faced sandwiches, as well as fruit and their amazing homemade cakes.
Brunch is served on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The Coocoo’s Nest is very vegan-friendly and has a vegan surprise offer on the brunch menu. Check out their Mimosa made with beet juice. The brunch menu also offers a variety of omelettes and other egg options such as eggs florentine, as well as pancakes and breakfast burritos. The small café is beautifully decorated with a smart design and plenty of succulent plants.
Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays. An elaborate brunch menu is offered with a variety of salads including duck, pork, and tuna, as well as a variety of ways to have your pancakes. They also offer a fish of the day for brunch, as well as a long list of ways in which you can have your eggs, from Eggs Norwegian to Eggs Benedict. Don’t forget to look over the brunch cocktail menu. Enjoy the well-designed interior and the hanging plants covering the greenhouse-style windows covering most of the space.
Breakfast and brunch is served from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. on weekdays, and all day at the weekend. Serving a menu focused on healthy and fresh offers, Bergson Mathús’ basic brunch starts with sourdough bread, fruit, freshly made Greek yogurt and homemade hummus and fruit juice.