Reykjavik offers many establishments for the vegetarian or vegan traveler, despite the city’s well-renowned seafood and traditional lamb specialties. From Michelin-starred boutique restaurants to greenhouse garden cafes, you will definitely find an option to suit your diet without missing the best culinary tastes of Iceland.
Restaurant, Northern European, $$$
This is the first Icelandic restaurant to receive a Michelin star
. The small restaurant, seating 20–30 people, holds great personality. Every week a new seven-course menu with wine pairings is arranged, using a mixture of traditional Nordic and Icelandic culinary roots
with a modern twist. The head chefs, Gunnar Karl Gíslason and Ólafur Örn Ólafsson, are the pioneering creatives behind the restaurant. Enjoy a large selection of wines available by the glass, which changes often.
Flóran Garden Bistro
Bistro, Cafe, Northern European, $$$
Courtesy of Flóran Garden Bistro
This charming place is tucked away in the Reykjavik Botanical Gardens, open from May to October. The cafe dining area is actually inside a greenhouse, complete with a goldfish pond and all sorts of flowering plants covering the walls. The chef, Marentza Poulsen, uses ingredients from the surrounding gardens and from local farmers. Her specialty is the Danish open-faced sandwich smørrebrød
. The menu is seasonal and hosts a variety of Scandinavian dishes
with a very tasteful delivery. Notice the butter served on seashells and the flower petals decorating your plate.
Restaurant, Indian, Pakistani, $$$
Courtesy of Austur-Indíafelagið
While not what you would exactly seek out on your trip to Iceland, this is the legendary place when it comes to Indian cuisine. For over 20 years this somewhat hidden gem has been serving the perfect blend of Indian spice and Icelandic ingredients in downtown Reykjavík. The atmosphere is warm and genuine, lacking pretension and the interior decoration could transport you to another continent altogether. If your palette calls for more spice during your trip, this is where to find it.
MATUR OG DRYKKUR
Bar, Wine Bar, Restaurant, Northern European, European, Seafood, $$$
MATUR OG DRYKKUR specializes in classical Icelandic
dishes given a modern twist, sometimes taking cues straight from classic Icelandic cookbooks your grandmother might have and using them in inventive ways. Taking pride in using only first-class produce, each dinner and lunch menu is accompanied by an equally extensive vegetarian option menu. Located in an old salt fish factory by the Grandi harbour area built in 1924, this restaurant offers an open interior space with great natural lighting.
Bistro, Restaurant, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$