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Where to Eat in Reykjavik

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While food has not traditionally been one of the main reasons to visit Iceland, the last few years have seen a big culinary push in the city. There are now high-end steak and fish venues as well as a slew of midrange and more budget options. For a traditional treat, try harðifiskur (dried haddock or cod), Iceland’s own brand of yogurt, Skyr, which is delicious and deservedly popular, or perhaps brave the local schnapps, Brennivín—otherwise known as the Black Death.
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Lækjargata 2a, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The award-winning Grillmarkaðurinn (Grill Market), known for working with local farmers and suppliers to create meals that are fresh, organic, seasonal, and delicious, is a definite culinary highlight for foodies visiting Iceland. The...
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Austurstræti 9, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík’s Laundromat Café is one of the city’s most casual and upbeat places to hang out, whether you want to drink a fine craft beer, enjoy brunch, or—yes—do your laundry. The sister enterprise of the...
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Sturlugata 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík’s Dill restaurant, run by chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason and sommelier Ólafur Örn Ólafsson, is the first venue in Iceland to win a coveted Michelin star. It specializes in New Nordic...
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Tryggvagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Bæjarins beztu pylsur, which humbly translates as "the best hot dog in town," is a simple stand in central Reykjavík whose popularity over the decades has given it a kind of cult status. Almost everyone in the country has eaten...
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Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Not so long ago, Reykjavík’s restaurants focused almost exclusively on meat and fish dishes. Nowadays there are a growing number of vegetarian and even vegan spots, plus several places with a focus on healthy eating—such as the...
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Þórsgata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
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...
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Laugavegur 103, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
This tiny spot on Laugavegur offers a very simple but tasty menu that has become wildly popular with noodle fans. Chances are you’ll smell the tantalizing aroma wafting from its doors before you see it. Inside, there are just three...
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Skólavörðustígur 14, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Founded in 2010 by chefs Gústav Axel Gunnlaugsson and Lárus Gunnar Jónasson, Seafood Grill serves up decidedly upmarket Icelandic seafood dishes alongside high-quality meat dishes and some vegetarian-friendly offerings,...
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Reykjavík’s Gallery restaurant, in the city’s famed four-star boutique hotel, Hotel Holt, is named for the hotel's unique decor. The walls are adorned with paintings by some of Iceland’s most famous artists, courtesy...
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Templarasund 3, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The man behind this simple but popular café, which is located close to Tjörnin Lake, is Þórir Bergsson—an experienced chef with a commitment to local and seasonal cuisine. His focus is on food that's both hearty and...