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Top 15 places to eat and drink in Reykjavik

The casual, classic, & classy


Reykjavik, the charming capital of Iceland, is a food lover's paradise with an array of dining options, from cozy cafes to upscale restaurants and vibrant bars. In this comprehensive guide, we'll navigate you through the best places to eat and drink in Reykjavik, complete with addresses and opening hours to make your culinary journey effortless.


Casual: For a Relaxed Start


Coffee Shops:


Cafe Rosenberg

Nestled just around the corner from Ingolfur Square, Cafe Rosenberg offers a cozy ambiance with vintage chairs and sofas. Whether you're sipping a cappuccino or challenging a friend to a game of chess, this cafe is a perfect spot to unwind.

  • Address: Ingolfur Square, Reykjavik, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: 11:00am to 11:00pm, 7 days a week

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Sitting area at Cafe Rosenberg
Sitting area at Cafe Rosenberg

Sitting area at Cafe Rosenberg
Sitting area at Cafe Rosenberg

Reykjavik Roasters Reykjavik Roasters is a classic coffee shop that excels in brewing exceptional coffee. While their pastry selection might be modest, their cappuccinos and lattes are second to none. With several locations, you're never too far from a superb cup of coffee.

  • Address: Multiple locations across Reykjavik

  • Opening Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm, 7 days a week

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Cappuccino at Reykjavik Roasters
Cappuccino at Reykjavik Roasters



Casual Restaurants:


Ramen Momo

Craving Asian cuisine? Ramen Momo is a must-visit. With only eight seats, this small gem serves outstanding Japanese ramen that's fresh, traditional, and comforting. A delightful departure from Icelandic classics.

  • Address: Tryggvagata 16, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: 11:30am to 9:00pm on weekdays & 12:00pm to 9:00pm on weekends

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Ramen Momo Order Counter
Ramen Momo Order Counter


Icelandic Classics: Traditional Icelandic fare


Sea Barron

Situated right by the harbor, Sea Barron offers a small but incredibly fresh menu, featuring skewers of grilled fish and delectable lobster soup. Don't miss the grilled potatoes and fresh baguette. A casual, seaside essential.

  • Address: Geirsgata 4a, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: 11:30am to 4:00pm & 6:00pm to 10:00pm, 7 days a week

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Grilled Shrimp, white fish, and potato Skewers
Grilled Shrimp, white fish, and potato Skewers


101 Reykjavik Street Food

Located on Rainbow Road, Reykjavik Street Food elevates classic dishes like fish and chips. Forget the English version; this one sets a new standard. Perfect for a quick, delicious meal.

  • Address: Skólavörðustígur 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days a week

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Icelandic Streetfood

Experience authentic Icelandic Lamb Soup with a bread bowl at this charming eatery. While the soup may not blow you away, its homemade, fresh taste is undeniable and you can get other classics like fish stew and happy marriage cakes.

  • Address: Lækjargata 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days a week

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Traditional Icelandic Lamb Soup
Traditional Icelandic Lamb Soup


Baejarins Beztu Pylsur

You can't leave Reykjavik without trying an Icelandic Hot Dog. These lamb meat wonders are served with Icelandic Mustard, mayo, and fried onions. Sample this iconic treat at the traditional stand located at [Add Address].

  • Address: Tryggvagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 9:00am to 1:00am, Thursday to 2:00am, Friday & Saturday to 6:00am

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Tradition Icelandic Hot Dog
Tradition Icelandic Hot Dog


Cafe Loki

Located across from the famous church, Kaffi Loki serves a variety of traditional dishes and toasts with unique spreads. Don't miss their famous Icelandic Rye bread, baked using geothermal heat. While it's a bit pricier, it's a taste of authentic Icelandic cuisine.

  • Address: Lokastígur 28, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: 8:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days a week

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Smoked Trout on Icelandic Rye at Cafe Loki
Smoked Trout on Icelandic Rye at Cafe Loki


Classy: Elevated Dining


Reykjavik Kitchen

Reserve your table at Reykjavik Kitchen for an unforgettable dining experience. Offering a range of delectable dishes, their black pasta with shrimp and cod is a standout. Enjoy well-seasoned, tender fish in beautifully presented dishes.

  • Address: Rauðarárstígur 8, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: 11:30am to 3:00pm & 5:00 to 10:00pm

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Black pasta at Reykjavik Kitchen

Cod and potatoes at Reykjavik Kitchen





Grillmarkadurinn

For fine dining and the opportunity to try Icelandic whale, Grillmarkadurinn is a must-visit. Make a reservation in advance to savor this upscale culinary experience.

  • Address: Lækjargata 2a, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 6:00pm to 9:30pm & Thursday to Saturday to 10:00pm

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Fiskmarkadurrinn / Fish Market

Fish Market offers beautifully plated Icelandic dishes in a high-end setting. Consider this restaurant for a fancy meal to begin or end your trip on a high note.

  • Address: Aðalstræti 12, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm & Friday to Sunday to 10:30pm

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Drinks: Cheers to Reykjavik's Nightlife


Jungle Bar

Known for their creative cocktails, Jungle Bar is a chic spot near Ingolfur Square. Enjoy a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making it the perfect place for pre-dinner drinks or a night out on the town.

  • Address: Austurstræti 9, Austurstræti 9, 101, Austurstræti 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: 4:00pm to 1:00am, 7 days a week

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Lemmy

Lemmy offers a vibrant atmosphere with live music, making it a fun destination for a night out. While the drinks are solid, it's the lively feel of the bar that steals the show.

  • Address: Austurstræti 20 101, Austurstræti 20, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: 11:00am to 11:45pm Sunday to Wednesday & 2:00am Thursday to Saturday

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Einstok

With a well-stocked bar and skilled mixologists, Einstock is the ideal spot for savoring cocktails. Every drink here is a delight, complemented by an excellent music selection.

  • Address: Laugavegur 10 101, Laugavegur 10, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 1:00am Sunday to Thursday and 3:00am on Friday & Saturday

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Dillon Whiskey Bar

Dillon's Whiskey Bar offers a cozy atmosphere in an old house, reminiscent of an Irish pub. Enjoy live music, making it a perfect place to conclude your night with a touch of Irish charm. They also have a great outdoor seating area for when the weather is nice.

  • Address: Laugavegur 30, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Opening Hours: 3:00pm to 1:00am Sunday to Thursday & 3:00am Friday & Saturday

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With this comprehensive guide, you're now well-equipped to explore Reykjavik's culinary and nightlife scene. Whether you prefer casual cafes or upscale dining, Reykjavik has something to satisfy every palate. Enjoy your gastronomic journey through this picturesque Icelandic city!

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