We have already told you about the Icelandic capital, activities to do, museums to visit and restaurants to eat at. But the Icelandic capital is a changing city, and the tourist influx in recent years has transformed its image. Here, we guide you through the streets of Reykjavik in 2017 to find the bars and restaurants that have either been here forever, or who aspire to …
Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
Since 1937, the company Bæjarins beztu pylsur has been offering its specialties in the Icelandic capital. Their famous hot dogs are known around the world (or almost!) It is very popular and it can sometimes be possible to have to wait a long time for this Icelandic specialty. Even Bill Clinton grabbed one of its famous sandwiches! The small stand is located opposite the Harpa concert hall. You can also “rent” one of their booths with the services of one of their employees for your private parties and events.
The oldest bakery in Reykjavik opened its doors in 1920, and has remained in the same location since. Located on the main street Laugavegur, it expanded in 2016 and you can have breakfast, lunch or a snack there. Ásgeir Sandholt is waiting for you to taste delicious chocolate, pastries and other delicacies – or even a full meal.
This little cafe is best known for its American breakfasts and its delicious pancakes. Located in the basement of a house in Hverfisgata, this little gem that doesn’t cost a fortune offers a simple and friendly menu for breakfast or lunch. Since 1997, Grái kötturinn has delighted the taste buds of the Icelandic capital.
Located on Skólavörðurstígur Street, this small café opened its doors in 1958 and has not changed much since. One of the few (the only?) places where Wi-Fi is not available, it is a favorite place for locals and those who want to log out for a while. There is always an exhibition of an Icelandic artist, which you can admire on the walls of Mokka-Kaffi.
Saegreifinn (The Sea Baron)
The “Sea Baron” refers to Kristján Halldórsson, who after a sailor’s career opened this small restaurant in the port of Reykjavík in 2003. His lobster soup is often described as “the best in the world” -you can go there to decide for yourself but you may have to stand in line at this busy eatery. In 2011, Kristján sold his restaurant to one of his employees, and he died in 2015 – but his mind, as well as a statue of wax, are still on site!
Since 1993, Kaffibarinn has been an atmospheric coffee house during the day, and an intense party place at night! On weekend nights, after midnight, you can queue for quite a while before you can get in. A rumor has circulated that Damon Albarn, the singer of Blur, is the co-owner of the bar, but it seems (still a rumor! ) that it may have been more a matter of marketing than anything else.
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