The Supreme Foodie’s Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

I don’t know about you, but my life kind of revolves around food. When I’m traveling, this is especially the case…I love to know the country’s food specialties and the can’t-miss food hot spots. Sometimes planning goes awry and you end chowing down on a Five Guys Burger in Paris (…anyone?), but that’s ok. In any case, I wanted to share some secrets to the awesome food in Reykjavik! Note that none of these are the famous fermented shark (I was informed that most Icelandic people don’t actually eat this, and also that it smells like a toilet, so that’s up to you.) I was introduced to a lot of these through Wake Up Reykjavik’s Food Tour, and I hands down recommend booking one too. Not only do you get to eat delicious Icelandic food, but my tour guide was hilarious  and absolutely fantastic.

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

Top Reykjavik Food Hot Spots

  1. Julia & Julia – Wake Up Reykjavik’s morning food tour started here, and I was oh so pleased with that decision. Sip on some fresh coffee, and enjoy a warm chocolate chip cookies with whipped cream and blueberries.

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

2. Búrið (The Cheese Shop) – This is one of Reykjavik’s not-so-secret secrets. Test out some local meats and deliciously stinky cheeses. Favorites include black Gouda and Icelandic blue cheese, which isn’t as strong as its American counterpart. Also make sure to sample some smoked goose, horse, and cured sheep.

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

3. Café Loki – Café Loki is quite possibly the most adorable little café in all of Reykjavik. Plus, they have rye bread ice cream! Sound strange? It did to me too, but it was surprisingly amazing and tasted almost like vanilla ice cream with Oreo cookies…this is a must-try food in Reykjavik! While you’re there, make sure to try some of their famous rye bread concoctions! I’d recommend the rye topped with mashed fish (plokkfiskur).

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

4. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur –Roughly translated to the “best hot dogs in town,” you have to stop here while you’re wandering through Reykjavik! Icelandic hot dogs are mostly lamb and are topped with ketchup, Icelandic mustard, raw onion, grilled onion, and mayo remoulade…an iconic food in Reykjavik.

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

5. Stefan B. Chocolatier –If you’re craving some sweetness, swing by this chocolatier for some unique flavors. I tried grape, bubblegum, and strawberry shortcake. If you’re looking for some more typical tastes, check out cookie dough, cranberry, and just plain old chocolate.

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

6. Kopar – Located on the harbor, not only does Kopar boast delicious rock crab soup and deconstructed cheesecake, but you get some awesome views!

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

7. Sea Baron – Right down the way from Kopar, Sea Baron is famous for its delicious seafood choices. Bet you couldn’t guess that from the name?

8. Icelandic Bar – You can find a lot of typical Icelandic foods here. Make sure to try the traditional Icelandic meat soup.

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

Other Icelandic Food to Try

1. Skyr– Skyr is magical and seems to be acceptable to eat at pretty much any time of day. It can be breakfast, a snack, dessert, or even a dipping sauce. I personally loved the strawberry cheesecake flavor, the plain…not so much. It’s kind of similar to yogurt.

2. Puffin – Not trying to introduce any controversial discussions here, but wanted to include on the list as a typical Icelandic dish. It’s often served smoked, but I can’t personally attest to the flavor. I honestly couldn’t because they’re too cute!

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

3. Langoustine Soup – It’s comparable to lobster bisque, but with a unique Icelandic twist.

4. Fermented Shark – I’m only kind of kidding. Can someone please try this and let me know how it tastes? I’m actually pretty curious.

5. Fresh fish –Chances are good that if you’re eating fish in Reykjavik, it was caught that morning! For your own unique boat to table experience, check out this angling tour. You’ll go out fishing and then return to the harbor to cook your catch!

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

6. Black licorice—You can find this stuff everywhere, and even as flavoring in a lot of foods. Look on the candy aisle if you want to check it out!

7. Icelandic Beer –Make sure to try out some local beers during your stay. Whether you join a beer tour or go drinking on your own, you’re sure to enjoy yourself!

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

Food in Reykjavik FYIs

First off, food in Reykjavik is incredibly expensive. Even Subway’s $5 foot longs failed me, and became closer to $10.50 foot long sub of the days. My recommendation is to pack easy snack food in your bag (trail mix, bars, etc). I even brought tea and oatmeal packets for breakfast for most days since I was often on the go by 8:00AM.

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

Another super important thing to know is that Bonus Supermarket is your best friend for cheap groceries. I grabbed some bread, peanut butter, bananas, and some juice to get me through most lunches. Note that their hours are relatively limited, so make sure to check before you go.

Logistics

Cheap flights: I’d recommend checking out Momondo. They scan tons of different travel discount sites and let you filter by cheapest, best, and shortest. You can typically find good flights on IcelandAir and WOW Air.

Hotel Deals: My top choice is probably Priceline.com. If you’re looking to avoid hotels and go the hostel route, I recommend checking out Hostelworld – there are plenty of options in Reykjavik! My personal hostel recommendation is Loft Hostel.  You have an amazing location in the heart of the city, and I absolutely loved the ambiance of the common area/bar and outside terrace. If you’re traveling with friends, another good option here is to do an Airbnb. (Use my link for savings on your first stay!)

My Iceland Essentials



I hope this guide to food in Reykjavik was helpful! What other recommendations do you have for travelers to Iceland? Let me know in the comments. And remember, always say yes to skyr!

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Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

Discover everything you need to know about food in Reykjavik, Iceland! From top foodie hotspots to typical Icelandic dishes, this guide has it all!

18 thoughts on “The Supreme Foodie’s Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland

  1. I lived off of hot dogs and Skyr when I was in Iceland! I’ll have to go back with a sack full of cash to taste some of the finer things Iceland has to offer.

    • Ahhhh just read your article! I can’t believe you tried it…you’re so brave! The piece of bread with it probably helped a little, but I’m still not sure I would have done it. Props to you!

      • I was so set on not trying it that in the end I just went for it. I think most of my courage came from the place, if there is a place where I could try it, it was the museum. After hearing about the whole process and tradition I just felt like I would have regretted it if I didn’t try it there. I probably wouldn’t have in a restaurant.

  2. Garth says:

    Great post, we love doing food tours and will definitely considering trying this one the next time we visit Reykjavik. We’ve been to the city a few times and have been to Café Loki, I think our favourite place was Icelandic Fish and Chips! Thanks for sharing! and yes sadly Iceland is expensive, but worth it.

  3. Icelandic food looks incredible and these are some awesome spots to try some of Reykjavik’s delicatecies! I would be game to try fermented shark. Icelandic beer is pretty good – some of it has made its way over to the UK already! Great post!

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