Where to eat in Reykjavík? Lunch and dinner recommendations for visiting Iceland's capital.
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Where to eat in Reykjavík

A collection of some of the best recommendations on where to eat in Reykjavík. Whether you are up for pizza, burgers, Indian food, fish and chips or a bowl of hot soup Reykjavík has the perfect place for it. The cuisine in this Northern capital is not to be underestimated!

Pizza from Flatey.

Flatey: Best pizza in town

Where to eat pizza in Reykjavík? Flatey is without doubt the best pizza place in town! Flatey can be found in Grandi and in Hlemmur Mathöll. The place is famous for its delicious, sourdough pizzas and a great, casual dinning atmosphere for families, couples and singles. Keep an eye out for Flatey’s pizza of the week, which can always be spotted on their Instagram.

Wrap from Lamb Street Food.

Lamb Street Food: Healthy and juicy wraps

Placed in the very trendy neighborhood Grandi is Lamb Streetfood (actually only a few metres from Flatey). Lamb makes extremely tasty wraps from an interpretation of traditional, Icelandic flatköku (flat bread) filled with fresh vegetables, delicious sauces and lamb with fresh herbs. There is also a very impressive selection of vegetarian wraps on the menu. The wraps are big, so they can easily be shared. Also, they make a very fine lunch for you to bring with you on the road.

Grandi Mathöll: Best place for a sunny lunch

Grandi Mathöll is a great place to grab a bite for lunch. It is a food hall, which allows you to choose from a selection of restaurants. Pizza, tacos and seafood are some of the options presented to you have at Grandi Mathöll. The tacos from Kore can be recommended if you are in the mood for something greasy.

Grandi Mathöll is located in the old fish packing district called Grandi and on a lovely day with sunshine it is a great place for lunch. Take a seat outside by the old harbour and enjoy the weather.

Tacos from Fuego in Hlemmur Mathöll.

Hlemmur Mathöll: Great restaurants and great vibes

Hlemmur Mathöll is located in an old bus station and is a food hall with multiple restaurants – and a bakery as well. It is a great place for dinner! You can get pizza from Flatey, (super delicious) tacos from Fuego, an absolutely delicious menu from Skál! and so much more. Many locals love to dine at Hlemmur Mathöll, where the food is great and vibe is casual. It can be highly recommended!

Ramen Momo: Best noodle soup

Where to eat a bowl of hot noodle soup in Reykjavík? The ramen at Ramen Momo is very popular and very tasty. The restaurant is small, so it is not the perfect place for families or other large groups, who want to sit together. It is only possible to sit in the bar or at the window and there is approximately 10 seats in total. It is a tight squeeze, but the ramen is really tasty and the place is cosy even though it is very small and crowded.

Burger from Le Kock.

Le Kock: Family friendly and greasy burgers

In the mood for a greasy burger? Then Le Kock might just be the place for you. The restaurant is big and great for both families and larger groups. The vibe is casual and the food is good, but in a very greasy way.

Fiskur og franskar from Fish & Chips Vagninn.

Fish & Chips Vagninn: Freshly caught fish and juicy fries

If you want to try some Icelandic fish and chips this is the perfect place for you. Fish & Chips Vagninn (translation: The fish and chips wagon) is a food truck, so you will be dinning outside. However, the fish is freshly caught and the fries are thick and juicy. Order the remulaðe sauce for your fries – it is really good!

Fresh bowl from Gló.

Gló: Best healthy lunch

Gló is the perfect place if you are looking for a healthy, delicious bowl of greens for dinner or lunch. At affordable prices this restaurant offers a great selection of healthy foods. Gló is also a great choice if you are a vegetarian or vegan.

Hotdog from Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur.

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur: Hotdog on the road

If you are not that hungry and are looking to save a bit of money on lunch or dinner you should check out Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, which translates into “The town’s best hotdogs”. And that is exactly what you will get: Hotdogs. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur is a hot dog stand and it is extremely popular (especially with tourists). It a good place to grab a fast bite and the hot dogs are very good.

Hotdogs are said to be the unofficial national dish of Iceland and indeed Icelandic hotdogs are delicious. Read more about traditional Icelandic foods that Icelanders actually eat here.

Hraðlestin: Best affordable Indian food

Where to eat Indian food in Reykjavík? There are several Indian restaurants in town and Hraðlestin is one of them. Hraðlestin makes excellent Indian food at fairly affordable prices. The name translates into “fast train”, which makes sense as the place is mostly for take away. However, there are a couple of tables at the restaurant so you are able to dine there. It is simple, but the food is tasty.

Snaps: Best place for dinner amongst locals

Snaps is a great place in the city centre of Reykjavík. The food is lovely, but the atmosphere is probably the best part of this place. A lot of locals like to dine at Snaps Bistro and Bar. You might need a reservation to get a table at this restaurant – it is a popular place.

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