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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
At Grillmarkaðurinn (Grill Market), chef Hrefna Rósa Sætran can satisfy that hankering for minke whale and other locally sourced specialties such as arctic char and Angelica lamb. Natural elements are playfully integrated into the...
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Austurstræti 9, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Despite its name, The Laundromat is anything but. This cafe has a high energy vibe, great food, and (my personal staple) coffee! On Austurstræti, just a short walk from the main shopping district, it's a perfect place to stop and refuel. It...
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Sturlugata 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
I'm biased when I say this after having worked with Iceland chef Gunnar Karl Gislason for two years on a cookbook for Ten Speed Press but I also am completely confident in my claim that his restaurant Dill is far and away the best restaurant in ...
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Tryggvagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Yes, it’s a hot dog stand. But Bæjarins Beztu might be the most popular eatery in Iceland, famous for feeding Bill Clinton as well as hordes of drunken partiers. The line starts to form at the Tryggvagata location around 10 p.m. every...
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Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Vegetarians and vegans may be apprehensive about visiting Iceland, a country in which expensive vegetables are grown in geothermal-heated greenhouses and people enjoy eating fermented shark. Don't worry, herbivore friends. Although your dining...
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Þórsgata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
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...
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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
Is there anything better than a bakery restaurant? Bergsson Mathus is the kind of place where locals go for brunch on the weekends, or for a special loaf of bread. Bright and open, it feels light even on a snowy winter day. You can always get a...