Choosing where to dine in Reykjavík may seem rather intimidating considering the options available, but don’t worry, we’re here to help! That’s why we have come up with a selection of our staff’s favourite restaurants, whether for a quick pit-stop, or a 5-course experience, we’ve covered all the bases and made sure that they’re conveniently close to the hotel.
Best fast food:
Mandi – A staple of the Reykjavík fast-food scene, Mandi has been a local favourite for over a decade. With lighting fast service and a diverse, flavourful menu, Mandi is a middle eastern experience you will be sure to remember.
Sjávargrillið – Located less than 2 minutes away from the hotel, Sjávargrillið is a favourite among families and couples. Their catch-of-the-day is guaranteed to have you coming back, and their other menu options are sure to leave everybody satisfied.
Brauð & Co. – Brauð & Co. is an internationally renowned bakery that many travelers may have heard about before their coming here, and for good reason. Their cinnamon rolls are second-to-none and their bread is baked to perfection. We cannot recommend them enough.
Mokka – Located two minutes from the hotel, Mokka is one of the oldest coffee houses in Iceland. Coupling old school brewing techniques with a homey, warm environment, this little gem is a perfect start to a cold winter’s day.
Sandholt – Icelander’s have never been “big breakfast” people, but if our hotel service doesn’t quite suit your tastes then we recommend starting your day at Sandholt on Laugavegur. Their hot and cold breakfast options are sure to please.
Kol – Located just down the road from the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, Kol is known for its unique, neo-Nordic cuisine, placing emphasis on originality, simplicity and freshly sourced ingredients. We recommend their tasting menu, to truly experience the flavour of Iceland.
Best vegan & vegetarian dining:
Vegan World Peace – Reykjavík is a vegan friendly city. Most restaurants will have vegan options on their menu, so there is no need to worry when you head out for lunch or dinner. If you are looking for a fully vegan restaurant, then make a stop at Vegan World Peace.
Best ice cream:
Sæta Húsið – Reykjavík’s first rolled ice cream joint, Sæta Húsið (the Sweet House) truly lives up to its name! Their ice cream will be sure to cool you down on one of our rare, warm summer days and their hot chocolate is sure to warm you up on our all too frequent cold, winter mornings.
Best local food:
Lamb Street Food – Icelanders have always been fond of lamb, and we are all too ready to claim that ours is the best in world! At Lamb Steet Food, our world-famous lamb is invigorated with a succulent blend of herbs and spices that will have you watering at the mouth.
Bars & pubs
Reykjavík’s nightlife is vibrant and exciting. Whether you are looking for a relaxing place to sip on an Irish coffee on a winter’s evening, or maybe looking for somewhere to celebrate the midnight sun, we have selected some of our favourite spots to grab a drink downtown.
Best sports bar: The English Pub – The English Pub is a local favourite among the sports watching community in Iceland. With 6 projectors, 2 flat screen T.V’s and plenty of draught beers, you would be hard pressed to find a better place to watch the game in Reykjavík.
Best cocktails: Apotek – Winner of numerous bartending awards, Apotek’s well-established, original cocktails are an experience you do not want to miss. Their incredibly diverse and creative menu is guaranteed to get the party started.
Sæta Svínið – A new kid on the block, Sæta Svínið has been a local favourite since its opening in 2016. With a diverse menu, beers on draught, and plenty of cocktails to choose from, you won’t be left wanting! Oh, and don’t forget to ask them about their karaoke nights…
Best craft bar:
Skúli – With 14 micro-brews on tap, as well as 130 other brands to choose from, Skúli Craft Bar is truly a beer enthusiasts dream! With almost every beer from Iceland’s largest craft brewery Borg, you’re sure to find something to (quite literally) suit your tastes.