The foodie’s guide to Reykjavik
One of the latest food trends in Iceland is called ‘New Nordic’, and if you want to see what it’s all about then head to Hverfisgötu’s Dill Restaurant. This creative restaurant puts a new spin on local ingredients. You’ll find dishes like lamb with crowberries and artichoke, or dried guillemot with beetroot and cherries. If you visit at lunchtime it’s a bit more relaxed but dinner is a different seven course menu with matching wines each week.
Restó on Rauðarárstígur is recommended for its seafood and serves fish dishes like baked salt cod with chorizo and salsa verde or tusk, which is a local fish, with langoustines and cognac. Another good place for you to have some dinner is Lækjargata’s Grillmarkadurinn. It’s a grill restaurant which serves meat and fish sourced direct from local farmers. You’ll find beef and lamb on the menu alongside more unusual options like reindeer or whale.
For a more casual meal, Geirsgata’s Saegreifinn, or Sea Baron, is a wooden shed on the harbour where you sit at a shared picnic table and can tuck into a bowl of their speciality lobster soup. Another seafood favourite is Icelandic Fish & Chips on Tryggvagata. As you’ll guess from the name, fish and chips are the order of the day, with fresh fish fried in organic batter and crispy roast potatoes.
If you need to do some washing while you eat, head to the Laundromat Café on Austurstræti. It has cool vintage décor and does tasty brunch dishes like smoked salmon bagels, avocado toast, pancakes and Skyr (Icelandic yogurt) cake. Use their washing machines as you have a tasty bite, a great way to save some time as you freshen up your suitcase.
Make sure you don’t miss the Icelandic pylsa (hot dogs) while you’re in Reykjavik. The Baejarins Beztu Pylsur stall by the harbour is the place to go for the best hot dogs in town. You’ll see everyone from late night partiers to former US president Bill Clinton enjoying them.