How This Reykjavik Hot Dog Stand Became a Popular Tourist Attraction

Baejarins Beztu Pylsur
Baejarins Beztu Pylsur | © Studio Sarah Lou / Flickr
Camille Buckley

Have you ever heard of a tiny hot dog stand making it onto the list of popular restaurants worth visiting? This Icelandic stand has become so well-known that it is now considered a tourist attraction.

Popular hot dog stand Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (The City’s Best Hotdog) is located in central Reykjavik, on the corner of Tryggvagata and Pósthússtræti. The tiny red hot dog stand, rarely without a long queue of people waiting day or night, reached global fame when former US President Bill Clinton visited Iceland in 2004.

Baejarins bestu pylsur

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur has been located near the Reykjavik harbor since 1937 and has always been popular amongst locals. But it has since landed a spot in many guidebooks recommending tourists to visit this little food place. The guidebooks also recommend what to eat, specifically suggesting einu með öllu (one with everything). The hot dog is served with fried onions, ketchup and, not surprisingly, sweet brown mustard, regular mustard plus remoulade. Icelanders are notorious for their copious variety of sauces!

Baejarins Bestu pylsur
Hot dogs

Multiple hot dog stands from the same company can be found throughout Iceland, but none are as popular as this one. Who knows? It may be because it offers a cheap and tasty snack on an expensive island.

The hot dog stand is open from 10am to 2am on weekdays and from 10am to 4.30am on weekends.

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