Iceland’s cuisine is extremely rich in flavors. It has a strong Scandinavian influence, so most dishes have some type of meat, be it red, fish or seafood. As part of their culture, it can be a little difficult for vegetarians and vegans to find good restaurants.
Still, there are great places with completely vegan / vegetarian menus. In addition to them, there are also restaurants that have part of the special menu for those who follow this type of food. As I always tell you, researching before is essential. To help you in this process, I made a selection with some of the most recommended places there ?
Anyone who is vegetarian or vegan will not be able to escape from Kaffi Vínyl. After all my research, I’m sure this is one of the most cited and praised places there for those who don’t eat meat. It is really worth taking a walk through it and trying something.
It is one of the only restaurants in the country that has an entirely vegan menu. That is, you will not find anything of animal origin, not even dairy. Lasagna and healthy wraps are always among the most requested by customers. They are very simple dishes, but all delicious!
Although not a 100% vegetarian restaurant, AALTO Bistro deserves to be on the list. For those who do not eat meat, he usually has only a tasting menu of three vegan dishes, in addition to the pumpkin burger. The menu changes daily and the chef always uses seasonal ingredients, so you can try totally different dishes depending on when you go.
Their only problem is the lack of a good vegetarian / vegan dessert. However, they can make exceptions if you ask for the tasting menu. This problem affects more people who are vegan, but it is nothing that the chef cannot solve ?
In addition to having a super charming atmosphere, Glo is another darling of Reykjavík’s vegetarians and vegans. The menu options are quite varied, ranging from vegetarian burgers to salad bowls. Those who enjoy Thai food can also order a “Thai bowl”, with noodles, fruits, vegetables and other small ingredients typical of this cuisine. All portions are super well served and the desserts are also incredible.
Eating soup in a place as cold as Iceland is a perfect combination, right? Supubarinn offers six different types of soup, all with international influences. Most of them are always vegetarian, but they usually have at least three vegan options.
The chef of the house says he always uses fresh, seasonal ingredients, making soups even more special. They also sell salads and sandwiches to anyone who wants to eat before or after soup! The decoration of the environment is also a grace and the service is highly praised by the regulars.
Nostra is the ideal restaurant for all tastes. They have three types of tasting menu for meat eaters, as well as a fish special. In addition, two tasting menu options for vegetarians (4 or 8 courses) and two for vegans (4 or 6 courses).
These menus were designed especially for people with different food lifestyles, so the dishes are super creative and full of flavor. Ah, because they are tasting menus, the portions are smaller. However, at the end of the meal you can be sure that you will feel super satisfied!
The CooCoo nest
I already told you about CooCoo’s Nest in another restaurant post in Reykjavík, but it doesn’t hurt to reinforce the idea, right? It is one of the most popular places in the city, so I recommend that you book a table to guarantee your place in this charming restaurant!
It is great for all meals of the day, including breakfast or brunch. One of the options, for example, is a bread served with pesto sauce, roasted vegetables, avocado and onions. Sometimes the place has a themed night, as in the case of the pizza night, which is also delicious!
For you to feel a little bit in Japan, just stop by Ramen Mono. Half of their menu is completely vegan, so it is one of the best options for those who do not eat anything of animal origin.
They focus on selling ramen, and the menu has a wide variety of this dish. Some say they serve the best ramen in town! The restaurant’s atmosphere is not very modern, but it is super cozy and pleasant.
Those who watched Iceland’s vlogs already know Krua Thai. It is a restaurant that sells a wide variety of noodle soup, with some of the options served by it lacking meat. As Iceland is a cold country, there is nothing better than a delicious and very warm soup to warm us up, right?
As it specializes in Thai food, there are other dishes there that are typical of this cuisine. If you go with a companion who eats meat, just choose the dish you prefer! That way everyone is satisfied and happy ?
Paulo and I love having known Iceland and we love all the restaurants we know. At the time, I was not yet a vegetarian, so I still didn’t have much idea of how difficult it is to find good places to eat something that doesn’t have meat. For this reason, the tips in this post will help a lot who is visiting the country and follows a vegetarian / vegan diet. Don’t forget to comment here if you know of any other place I haven’t mentioned!