It is nothing new to anyone how beautiful Iceland is. Even those who do not enjoy a lot of snow or intense cold admit that the cities there are super charming and charming. To enjoy the tour even more, there is nothing better than good food, right? The country’s capital, Reykjavík, has several incredible options for restaurants and cafes.
I selected for you some of my favorite places there. In this list you will find from refined restaurants, to others more relaxed. If you are planning a trip around the region, be sure to write down the tips 😉
Grillmarkaðurinn is a must for those who like well-prepared and seasoned meats. Chefs Hrefna Rosa Saetran and Gudlaugur Frimannsson cook meat from local producers, along with carefully chosen ingredients. Some of the menu options are lamb, trout and a variety of beef.
The dishes, although traditional, gain modern touches in the hands of the local chefs. You can choose from the tasting menu or choose an individual dish, such as smoked pork served with mushroom cream and chocolate sauce.
The differential of Fiskelagid is the fact that you can choose between typical Icelandic foods or take a tour of the world, choosing a typical dish from another country. The atmosphere is very pleasant and occupies the space of one of the oldest buildings in the city, formerly known as the Zimsen Building.
The countries that are part of the menu are from different parts of the world, such as Argentina, France and Hong Kong. It is as if you went to the place chosen through food, a real gastronomic trip! The dishes with fish and seafood are the most requested there, as in the case of the tasting menu focused only on Icelandic cuisine.
Mokka Kaffi is one of my favorite places in Reikjavík. The space is so cozy and full of delights that it makes you want to spend the whole day there. The place is ideal for those who want to eat sweets while having a very tasty coffee. I asked for a waffle that was surreal and they don’t reveal the traditional recipe to anyone!
Another thing that made me love Mokka Kaffi even more is that almost all desserts come with a portion of whipped cream. If you want to eat good sweets, be sure to go there and ask for the chocolate fudge covered with marsipan and also the mokka cake, which is filled with jam and also wrapped in marsipan.
We met Krua Thai as we walked through the city streets. I felt a wonderful smell of noodles coming from the place and I couldn’t help but taste the restaurant’s food. The noodle soup is really delicious and well served – perfect for a cold day.
Ah, besides the food being good, Krua Thai is one of the cheapest restaurants we know in the city. As the place specializes in Thai food, you will also find dishes like Tom Yum Kung, Pad Thai and Kaeng Khiao Wan in the menu options.
As well as Mokka Kaffi, you will find several options of typical Icelandic breads and sweets at Björnsbakarí. It has three units open in the city and the first one has existed since 1905. You can already see that this is really a very traditional space and very frequented by the residents of the region, right? If you’re around, it’s worth it to order some bread or dessert to go, so you already have a delicious snack guaranteed 🙂
Dill is considered one of the best restaurants in the city, so we couldn’t leave it out, right? As the place is well known, it is necessary to make a reservation well in advance to guarantee the place. Paulo and I hadn’t made it, but we still went there and were lucky enough to get in because of a withdrawal.
As soon as we try the food, we understand the reason for the restaurant’s success. All dishes, inspired by contemporary Nordic cuisine, are extremely tasty. We chose the 7-course tasting menu and everything was incredible, including dessert. As the menu changes regularly, take a look at the website to see what is being served at the time.
As it specializes in fish and seafood, Fiskmarkaðurinn is always sought after by those who want a lighter meal. Chef Hrefna Rósa Sætran uses local and super fresh ingredients to compose the restaurant’s dishes. The tasting menu is ideal for those who prefer to know the best of the house in smaller portions.
One of the most popular dishes there is monkfish served with cottage cheese, bacon, tomato pesto and crispy enoki mushrooms. Okay, it’s not that light, but I swear it’s worth it! The menu options are creative and modern, always enjoying the best of Icelandic cuisine.
Matarkjallarinn, also known as FoodCellar, is a restaurant and bar with a very relaxed style – at night it is common to even have live music there. Most dishes are made with local ingredients. Oh, they have a part of the special menu for vegetarians and vegans, so it’s a good option if you don’t eat meat and anything of animal origin.
For those who are more daring, I recommend asking for the “Secret Menu”. It is a secret tasting menu, because you only discover what will be served when the dishes arrive. The choices are all made by the chef himself and I find it super interesting to have this possibility 😉
THE COOCOO’S NEST
The Cococoo’s Nest is a mixture of restaurant and cafe, because they serve both a simple hot chocolate, as well as more elaborate options, in the case of a surprise 4-course tasting menu. For having a broader menu, you can go to the place for brunch or dinner for something different and surprising. Some à la carte menu options depend on when you go. Regarding fish, for example, you will have to look at the option of the day. This shows that the products are fresh and tasty!
With a super cozy atmosphere, Kopar appeals to all tastes. Everyone who goes to it will be happy, because the menu is very diverse, with fish, meat and also vegetarian and vegan options. One of the most requested dishes in the place, is the Icelandic cod, served with pumpkin, artichoke, quinoa and mandarin sauce with some pieces of hazelnut.
For vegetarians, they serve zucchini noodles with pea balls, roasted cherry tomatoes, cheese and basil. The flavor combinations of the dishes are super interesting and, if you want a complete gastronomic experience, it is worth trying the tasting menu.
In addition to being in love with Iceland’s landscapes, I noticed that I also loved the food. The traditional dishes of the country are very delicious and I loved everyone I tried. To see more of our experience across the country, just click here 😉