Scandinavian Smorrebrod and Brasserie
At Scandinavian Smorrebrod and Brasserie the speciality is Icelandic and Nordic cuisine, such as succulent Icelandic lamb, or juicy beef tenderloin sourced from local farms. There are also dishes inspired by recipes from continental Europe, but for a truly Icelandic experience, ignore the familiar options and opt for something a little more regional.
Laugavegur 22 Reykjavík, Iceland +354 578 4888
Iceland has ties with all Scandinavian countries, but especially with the Denmark and Norway. Snaps Bistro is located in the center of Reykjavik, close to some of the main attractions, and offers Danish open sandwiches, regular sandwiches, and French-inspired dishes made with fresh Icelandic ingredients. The cocktail and G&T menus are worth exploring too.
The silhouette of the Perlan building is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Iceland. The revolving restaurant that is located inside is not only elegant, but also incredibly innovative, creating Icelandic classics with a fresh twist. Apart from the four-course meal, which changes each season depending on the ingredients that are available, there are traditional delicacies such as Skyr or reindeer meatballs. After dinner tourists can enjoy a cocktails while enjoying the 360-degree panorama of Reykjavik.
Danish open sandwiches have become extremely popular with Icelanders over the years, making this small place in downtown Reykjavik a thriving spot. The restaurant offers a wonderful variety of open sandwich toppings as well as hot dishes. Particularly remarkable are the Hans Andersen sandwich option, topped with bacon, pate, port aspic, horseradish and parsley, and the Herring with Egg option, which is served with one of five different types of herring, egg, tomato, dill and onion.
Lækjargata 4, Reykjavík, Iceland, +354 5510100
One of the best options for eating out in Iceland, Prir Frakkar serves some of the most delicious seafood and Icelandic dishes in the country. In Iceland’s cuisine, seafood is given a lot of importance and sour whale, Icelandic shark or cod liver are some of the best options at this restaurant. The décor too is centered around the sea, with mounted fish on the walls.
Baldursgata 14, Reykjavík, Iceland, +354 5523939
DILL Restaurant is situated close to the city’s wetland and wild bird reserve. The chef, Gunnar Karl Gislason, is influenced by New Nordic cuisine and fresh, innovative dishes made from local ingredients are served at lunch with a unique touch. Dinner is composed of either a three-, five- or seven-course meal, with the menu changing weekly to accommodate the use of seasonal ingredients, from meats to berries.
Hverfisgata 12, Reykjavík, +354 552 1522
Baejarins Beztu Pylsur
Baejarins Beztu Pylsur is a a must-visit in Reykjavik; an iconic hut that serves the famous Icelandic version of hot dogs. It first opened in 1937, and has been one of the most popular places to go for a quick snack in the capital ever since. The hot dog itself is made with pork, beef and lamb, all mixed together and served in a soft bun.
The search for the perfect gourmet Icelandic meal ends at Fridrik V, where the classic meets contemporary cooking. The chef is known throughout the country as a strong advocate of the ‘slow food’ movement and local ingredients are transformed here into sophisticated and delicate works of art. The wine list is also impressive.
Laugavegi 60, Reykjavik, Iceland +3544615775
A relaxing café by day and restaurant by night, Vid Tjornina has a great Icelandic following. Locals love the way that their typical recipes are transformed and elegantly presented, and since it is located in one of the most sought-after places in the city there is rarely an empty seat here. The views of Reykjavik’s lake make for a romantic evening, which accompanied by the delicious seafood or exquisite lamb fillet will turn into a foodie’s paradise.
Price: Fine dining
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm
Watch out for: the transformation throughout the day
Address: Templarasund, Reykjavik, Iceland +354 551 8666
Lækjarbrekka is located in a building that dates back to 1834 and was once owned by an important Dane. The lunch here is characterized by light options, such as salads, soups, chicken and fish. During the afternoon it becomes an informal café where locals come to enjoy great pancakes and cakes. At night it transforms into an elegant restaurant once more, this time serving lobster, lamb and tenderloin amongst other delicacies.
Bankastræti 2, Reykjavik, Iceland +354 551 4430