This French-style bistro is a perennial favorite for locals, who come here for breakfast, brunch, dinner, or just drinks. The menu has a Scandinavian focus with some international offerings—hence regular dishes like catch of the day and a hearty fish soup can be found alongside high-quality steaks, club sandwiches, and moules marinières. Lunch specials keep the place busy during the week, and the weekend brunches are a big draw too. The bar's offerings are equally balanced, with a range of beers, wines, and cocktails as well as fresh smoothies. Pleasant service, a classic, upmarket interior, and a generally convivial atmosphere conspire to make this bistro a great all-rounder.
A perennial favorite in Reykjavík, Snaps is an Icelandic take on French bistro vibe with the best damn gin and tonic menu in the city. From floral gins garnished with cucumber, to drier gins mixed with lemongrass and bitter lemon peel—you really can’t go wrong. The front corner of the restaurant is glassed in, which gives the alcove a feeling of an atrium, perhaps as a nod to the country’s geothermal-powered greenhouse culture.