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4 Days Eating in Reykjavík Without Blowing Your Budget

|August 25, 2017
Anthropologist, social media guru, Icelandic nature and food enthusiast.

Spending time traveling you often spend much of your money of food especially when traveling to Iceland. Iceland can be quite an expensive place but there is a way to do it on a more cheaper matter.

Spending time traveling you often spend much of your money of food especially when traveling to Iceland. Iceland can be quite an expensive place but there is a way to do it on a more cheaper matter.

Here are twelve options for eating in Reykjavík, breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have put our my favorite places, places I, a local, actually go to and enjoy without it cutting into my wallet too much. I have put up four options for each meal and hope this comes in handy!

Breakfast in Reykjavík

Coocoo’s nest

Photo from CooCoo’s nest Facebook.

This place is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner but my ultimate fav for weekend breakfast. Their sourdough bread is out of this world. Each night they have a theme, Taco night, Pizza nights and exc. It’s a tiny place but worth waiting for a table.

Grandagarður 23, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Mondays CLOSED
Tuesday – Saturdays 11 am to 10 pm
Sundays 11 am to 4 pm

Grái Kötturinn

The Grey Kat is one of my favs! It’s a tiny little 50’s style breakfast/lunch place located in a quiet basement on Hverfisgata. I <3 their bagels and one of the few places I know that opens this early, great to fill up the energy bar for an early start!

Hverfisgata 16, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Mondays – Fridays  7:15 am to 3 pm
Saturday – Sunday 8:00 to 3 pm

Bergsson Mathús

A local, popular place and actually one of Jamie Oliver’s go to! Opened since 2012 it has quickly placed itself in the front of best brekkie places in Reykjavík. They are also vegan and veggie friendly and their bread and pesto are amaz!

Templarasund 3, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Everyday 7 am to 10 pm


Photo from Snaps Instagram.

A French feeling atmosphere and the cuisine has a hint of it as well. Delicious all day but especially good for breakfast, brunch. They have the most delicious pancakes, avocado taste, and their french toast, oh wow! It’s good to make a reservation if you can.

Þórsgata 1, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Breakfast everyday 7 am to 10 am
Sundays – Thursdays 11:30 am to 11 pm
Fridays – Saturdays 11:30 to 12 pm

Lunch in Reykjavík


Cuisine: Fish, meat, soups
I always go for their fish, it’s always fresh, tasty and amazing. Their bread baskets before the meal are also a added super plus, it’s soo good! Their duck salad is also amazing. Pretty much everything they have is good – can’t go wrong with this one.
Friendly staff, fair price and great location.

Skólavörðustígur 8, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Everyday 11:30 am to 10 pm


Cuisine: All sorts, sandwiches, kebabs and more
Durum opened in 2011 and has been popular ever since. Perfect for all ages, family friendly and the best place for some peace and quiet. The staff is super friendly and always greet with a happy face. Big variety on the menu, tasty and fresh. My fav is the kebab sandwich and fresh orange juice. Good price!

Laugavegur 42, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Everyday 9 am to 8 pm


Photo from Gló’s Facebook.

Cuisine: Healthy, Vegan, Veggie
Gló is the place you should go for a light, tasty and healthy meal. It’s a pretty open area and self service on the culinary. The staff is always smiling and the food is always fresh. They have a menu for each day so you just read their specials on the board inside or check their website www.glo.is
This is a very popular place and for a great reason!

Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Every day 11 am to 10 pm

Hamborgarabúlla Tómasar

Cuisine: Hamburgers
This place is opening up in Denmark, Norway, London and everyone is loving it. The owner started making burgers in Iceland in the early 80’s and has been everyone’s fav since. The burgers are honest, they are not hiding, they are paper wrapped deliciousness and you need to try one. The staff is cool and the look of the place is stellar, go to the one at Geirsgata if you can it’s more of an Búllan feel.
Ps. They have veggie options!

Geirsgata 1, 101 Reykjavík
Bankastræti 5, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Every day from 11:30 am to 9 pm

Dinner in Reykjavík


Cuisine: Middle Eastern
This is not a sit-down place it’s where you go for a quick but heavenly bite of middle eastern falafel or kebab. This is a hipster favorite and for many Icelanders, their go to meal lunch, dinner or even late, late in the night after a good night of drinking. You can sit inside or go sit on Ingólfstorg square or Austurvöllur to enjoy the dish. It’s kind of just weather dependent.
But one thing is for sure these Syrian owned place never fails weather it’s 2 pm or 4 am.

Veltusund 3b, Reykjavík at Ingólfstorg square
Opening hours:
Sundays – Thursdays  10 am to 2 am
Fridays – Saturdays 10 am to 6 am

Bastard Bar and Grill

Photo from Vegamót’s Facebook.

Cuisine: All sorts
This is the perfect place to go to when you really don’t know what you want. It has everything, fish, pizza, burgers, chicken, vegan options, well just everything. This place also offers some nice cocktails and is perfect for a late dinner because it then turns into quite the party place. I don’t even have to look at the menu, I go straight for the Louisiana chicken with sweet potato fries and so should you!

Vegamótstígur 4, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Sundays – Thursdays 11 am to 10 pm
Fridays – Saturdays 11 am to 11 pm


Cuisine: Asian
When you walk in it looks like a tiny place but up the stairs you will find this charming seating area which has a view over the busy street of Skólavörðustígur, great for people watching. The food is quickly ready, yummy and the price it fair. This is one of my go to places and it just never goes wrong. This is a fresh option and the ingredients are top notch.
The noodles soups are quite spicy so be careful when choosing the spice level.

Skólavörðustígur 8, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Mondays – Fridays  11:30 to 9 pm
Saturdays 12 am to 9 pm
Sundays: CLOSED

Íslenski Barinn / Icelandic Bar

Photo from Íslenski barinn Facebook.

Cuisine: Burgers, Fish and Icelandic food
A great location and perfect for dinner with drinks. Everything in there is Icelandic food, drinks and the beer selection on the tab is excellent. The burgers are savory and they often have a fun twist like an added Icelandic pancake, I recommend it!
My go to is the Sigguborgari with Einstök While ale beer (with an orange slice) but I can also recommend the kjötsúpa, Icelandic lamb soup.

Ingólfsstræti 1 a, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Sundays – Thursdays 11:30 am to 1 am
Fridays and Saturdays 11:30 am to 3 pm

Hope this was helpful, please let us know in comments if you want to know anything else!

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