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At Hradlestin, top-secret Indian family recipes and spices are blended perfectly with daily fresh Icelandic produce. Photo: Thomas Kolbein Bjørk Olsen
At Hradlestin, top-secret Indian family recipes and spices are blended perfectly with daily fresh Icelandic produce. Photo: Thomas Kolbein Bjørk Olsen

Food & Drink

Experience exciting food in Reykjavik

From sheep heads to raw food - Reykjavik’s most popular eateries serve everything from the traditional to the visionary.

Fljótt og gott

This café at Reykjavik bus terminal has little atmosphere to boast of, yet locals and tourists alike come here for the house specialty: cooked sheep heads, complete with eyes, ears, and tongue.

Vatnsmyrarvegur 10, 101 Reykjavik. Open daily 7.30am to 9pm.
fljottoggott.is

Hradlestin

Hradlestin isn’t just an express train in India, but is also the name of one of five Indian restaurants run by an Indian-Icelandic family. Designed with great care – among other things, they dismantled an entire house and transported it from India to use in the construction of the interior – it is nevertheless the food that draws the locals here. Top-secret Indian family recipes and spices are blended perfectly with daily fresh Icelandic produce.

Lækjargata 8 or Hverfisgata 64a, 101 Reykjavik
en.hradlestin.is

Gló

When award-winning raw food star, cookbook writer, and health guru Solla Eiriks isn’t working as a personal chef for Hollywood celebrities, she can be found in the kitchen at Gló, whose four branches and health store in Iceland serve world-class vegetarian and raw food cuisine.

Laugavegur 20b, Reykjavik
Engjateigur 19, Reykjavik
Fakafen 1, Reykjavik
Promenade 34, Hafnarfjordur,
Hædasmara 6, Kopavogur

www.glo.is

Dill

Iceland’s most gourmet restaurant is in Reykjavik’s Nordic House and at the helm is chef Gunnar Karl Gislason, one of the true pioneers of New Nordic cuisine. Here they marry Icelandic traditions with local ingredients – think dried cod, birch bark liqueur, and herbs from their own kitchen garden.

Hverfisgata 12, 101 Reykjavik
dillrestaurant.is

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. Photo: Thomas Kolbein Bjørk Olsen

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

“The city’s best sausages!" That’s the translation of the name of this hot dog stand, which has served such notable people as Bill Clinton. Their steamed sausages are made from lamb, pork, and beef, and are usually ordered “med öllu”, which means “with everything” – ketchup, mustard, remoulade, raw onion, and fried onions.

Tryggvatagata 1, 101 Reykjavik
www.bbp.is

Kolaportid

At the eclectic Kolaportid food market they sell a wide variety of the unusual dishes for which Iceland is famous: from pickled sheep testicles and horse sausage to birch cheese or algae.

Tryggvagötu 19, Old Harbour, Grofin, Reykjavik
www.kolaportid.is

Sægreifinn. Photo: Thomas Kolbein Bjørk Olsen

Sægreifinn

Fisherman Kjartan Halldorsson is said to serve the world’s best lobster bisque in his old fishing cottage in Reykjavik harbor.

Tryggvagata, 101 Reykjavik
www.saegreifinn.is

 

Last edited: February 15, 2016

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