Visiting Reykjavik, Iceland: 13 places to eat, drink and be merry

Gifted with the beauty of nature, Reykjavik is one of the most visited cities in the world. The first permanent settlement in Iceland is said to be situated in the Icelandic city.

Reykjavik is rich not only in arts and culture but also in cuisine. Here is a list of 13 recommended places in the capital city of Iceland where tourists enjoy eating and drinking:


1. AALTO Bistro is open 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays-Tuesdays. Located in Sæmundargata 11, 101 Reykjavík, the restaurant features local, healthful dishes by Chef Sveinn Kjartansson.


2. Austur Indíafélagið is open 6:00-11:00 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 6:00-10:00 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays. Located in Hverfisgata 56, 101 Reykjavik, it serves tandoori salmon and other genuine Indian dishes.


3. Brauð & Co is a small bakery known for its darkly crusted and deeply flavored loaves and organic sourdough breads are made on-site. It is located in Frakkastígur 16, 101 Reykjavík, in Hlemmur Mathöll, 101 Reykjavík and in Fákafen 11, 104 Reykjavík.


4. Flatey Pizza Napoletana is open 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 12:30-10 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Located in Grandagarði 11, 101 Reykjavík, it makes one of the best pizza, if not the best, in Iceland.


5. Flóran Café/Bistro was established by Marentza Poulsen in 1997. Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and located in at the Grasagardur Botanical Garden in Hverfisgata 105, 101 Reykjavík, it is the ideal place for people looking for fresh food and tranquil ambience.


6. Forréttabarinn offers Happy Hour drinks everyday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and its kitchen closes at 10 p.m. while its bar closes at 11 p.m. Located in Nylendugata 14, 101 Reykjavík, it serves great appetizers, wine and Icelandic brewery.


7. Fresco is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily and is located in Sudurlandsbraut 4 and in Suðurlandsbraut 48 Bláu húsin Faxafeni, Reykjavik 108. It is the perfect place for fresh, healthful fast-food salad and pasta.


8. Grandi Mathöll is a pioneering street food hall in Grand Park 16, 101 – Reykjavik that offers Icelandic coffee, beer, wine, vegetables and bread and allows guests to witness fishermen bringing the catch of the day to shore. Restaurants are open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays while the micro roast-wine bar is available 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sundays-Wednesdays.


9. Kaffihús Vesturbæjar offers coffee, beer, wine and tasty treats, such as seasonal soups and slow cooked lamb shanks, that are created by chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason. Located in Melhagi 20, 107 Reykjavík, it is open 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.


10. Kol Restaurant serves drinks from fresh squeezed juices and in-house made infusions and syrups and offers a variety of starters and desserts from seafood to steaks. Located in Skólavörðustígur 40, 101 Reykjavík, it is open 5:30-10:00 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 5:00-11:00 p.m. Saturdays.


11. Kopar, the first restaurant in Reykjavík to serve Icelandic rock crab, offers whiskey, cognac and small dishes called brasserie dishes, which add-ons to traditional courses. Located in Geirsgata 3, 101 Reykjavík, it is open daily 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


12. Laugaás is a child-friendly family run restaurant serving Icelandic cuisine for almost four decades. Located in Laugarásvegur 1, 104 Reykjavík, it has an extensive children’s menu and small play area for children and is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 3:00-9:00 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.


13. Valdís does not have much seating but it is the favorite ice cream parlour in the capital city of Iceland. Located in Grandagarður, 101 Reykjavík, it opens daily 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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