This restaurant is one of the capital’s go-to places for delicious vegetarian or vegan food. Everything here is made with organic ingredients, guaranteeing high quality produce and freshness. Apart from some exciting meat-less options, Gló also serves raw food courses, soups, salads and a few meat-based dishes. It is the country’s first raw food restaurant, serving food that is cooked at less than 47 degrees Celsius so that it conserves all of its vitamins and nutrients, so it is a fantastic place to go for a healthy meal.
Address: Laugavegur 20 b, Reykjavik, Iceland +354 553-1111
Founded in 1994 by the same chef who is now in charge of Gló, Solveig Eiriksdottir, Graenn kostur was the city’s first vegetarian restaurant. At this locale visitors will be able to enjoy the plentiful meat and fish-free options, as well as vegan dishes or gluten-free meals. Those who have light appetites and are worried about eating too much or the portions being too big can order half portions of the dish of the day here, which is also a great way of getting to try several of the restaurant’s scrumptious dishes.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-9pm, Sun 1pm-9pm
Watch out for: the raw desserts
Address: Skólavörðustígur 8b, Reykjavik, Iceland +354-5522028
Located close to the Laugardalur swimming pool, Krúska is a safe bet for any vegetarian, as it always has a vegetarian dish of the day. They also serve excellent salads made with healthy grains such as quinoa or bulgur. Don’t miss the decadent desserts, such as a dark chocolate cake with berries; an unbeatable way to end the unforgettable culinary experience that visitors will enjoy here.
Address: Suðurlandsbraut 12, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland +3545575880
This locale is more of a health food store than a restaurant, but it does have an amazing deli and healthy juice bar, both of which can be found inside the store. The food that they serve includes, a delicious vegan spinach bake, vegan wraps or veggie curry salads. Although the menu is not in English the staff are always kind enough to translate for customers and point out which options are vegetarian or vegan.
Address: Borgartun 24, Reykjavik, Iceland +354-5858700
C is for Cookie
C is for Cookie at this cafe, but it could also stand for cute or cozy; it is a very picturesque locale in the center of Reykjavik. Although it is not exclusively vegetarian, more or less half of the menu is composed of animal-free produce and they always serve at least one vegan soup plus scrumptious vegan desserts. The outdoor seating is perfect for the warmer summer days, when visitors can enjoy the fresh air whilst slurping their delicious and healthy soup.
Address: Tysgata 8, Reykjavik, Iceland +354 5785914
Located in downtown Reykjavik, Café Babalu is the perfect place to stop by for a flavorsome lunch whilst exploring the city, as it is a great base from which to move around and visit the top sights. The owners serve very tasty crêpes, that can be created to suit any specific tastes or needs, so everyone is guaranteed to enjoy their meal at this charming café. The desserts and hot drinks are particularly remarkable, with some classic options such as cheesecake or chocolate cake.
Address: Skolavoroustigur 22a, Reykjavik, Iceland +354-5522278
Ecstasy’s Heart Garden
Also referred to as Gardurinn, this small locale has a rotating menu that changes each day, and their weekly menu is conveniently posted on the door so visitors can pop by and check out what’s on offer. They serve one soup and one starter every day, and there are also some excellent desserts. Everything is healthy and fresh, and the prices are very reasonable, making it one of the very best vegetarian restaurants in the capital.
Address: Klapparstigur 37, Reykjavik, Iceland +354-5612345
Kryddlegin Hjortu is a moderately priced restaurant that has some great options for vegetarian eating, and some reasonable vegan dishes. As in most restaurants in Reykjavik, meat is served here, but vegetarians and vegans will definitely not go hungry. There is an excellent soup and salad bar, with a variety of vegan options, such as soups, grain salads and delicious fruit and veggies. They have a different lunch special every day, ensuring variety and making it possible to return day after day.
Address: Hverfisgata 33, Reykjavik, Iceland +354-5888818
Another inexpensive bar, compared to some of the high prices in the Icelandic capital, Nudluskalin is the perfect option for those who want to eat something fun and unique. Customers can pick and choose ingredients to create their own custom noodle soup, and there are plenty of vegetarian options. The owner is friendly and open to making modifications to accommodate vegans’ needs as well, which makes this one of our top choices for vegetarian restaurants in Reykjavik.
Address: Skolavoroustig 8, Reykjavik, Iceland +3545620202
Á Næstu Grösum
Closing our list of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Reykjavik is A Naestu Grosum, a great option for those wanting to taste a different type of cuisine when in Iceland. This restaurant serves quite a few salads and dishes that are made mostly with vegetables, so it is very popular with those who have special dietary requirements. The lunch is a casual buffet style affair, with visitors picking and choosing what they want to eat, whilst dinner is slightly more formal.
Address: Laugavegur 20b, Simi, Reykjavik, Iceland +354-5528410