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Where To Eat On The Golden Circle Iceland

Restaurants On Iceland’s Golden Circle Route: Recommendations & Map

|June 19, 2023
Anhelina is a travel writer with over five years of experience specializing in Iceland. With a background in foreign languages and translation, she conducts in-depth research to provide readers with detailed insights into Iceland's landscapes, culture, and hidden gems.

Driving Iceland’s Golden Circle is an excellent opportunity to explore local food and other activities along the way. Here are some of my favorite foodie stops along the famous route. Make sure you don't miss out!

Chances are, since you’ve found your way to this blog, that you’ve heard of the Golden Circle. One of the most popular attractions in all of Iceland, the famous driving route takes tourists on a journey through Þingvellir, GeysirGullfoss and many more stunning locations.

The total route is 237 km (147 miles) long and, non-stop, can be driven in just over three hours. However, you’ll definitely want to stop and experience both the breathtaking views and fantastic food. So, even if you are going for a one-day trip to the Golden Circle, there are plenty of stops to surprise you.

So, where’s the best place to stop for something to eat along the route? This is a very common question that I am asked all the time. For someone like me, a complete foodie who loves to eat, the Golden Circle is a great opportunity to sample local food, explore new restaurants and enjoy fun activities along the way. 

Below are some of my favorite foodie stops along the Golden Circle, where you’ll find great food, grown, caught, and prepared by locals.

Without any further ado, let’s explore the best cafés and restaurants along the Golden Circle.

Braud & Co

Icelandic Bakery's Delectable and Delicious Baked Delights

Braud & Co Baked Goods

With so many good options to choose from when it comes to bakeries, it’s hard to pick just one. But it’s impossible to go wrong with Braud & Co, also known as The Cinnamon Bun Bakery. Found on Frakkastígur 16, in one of the most colorful houses in all of Reykjavík.

Baked Goods and Sour Dough Bread in Iceland

Colorful Fasade on the Building

There isn’t a huge selection of produce, but everything is freshly made and mouth-wateringly delicious. And if you haven’t already guessed by now, you NEED to try the cinnamon buns. This bakery is the perfect option for a quick breakfast before you hit the road.

Restaurant Geysir Glíma

Located near the famous Geysir, this place is all about celebrating Iceland's national sport of "trouser grip" wrestling, known as Glima. 

Geysir Glíma embraces the local culture and features statues and pictures of Glima wrestlers, immersing visitors in the rich history of this tradition. The restaurant has unique decor with tables made from ancient German trees, a mesh sculpture of wrestlers, and an Icelandic design. The atmosphere is warm and cozy despite the chilly climate outside.

And trust me, the spacious restaurant is not just about wrestling and ancient trees—it's got so much more to offer.

This is one of the top spots on the Golden Circle if you want to try traditional Icelandic and Scandinavian delicacies. And you don’t have to be a wrestling enthusiast to have a blast here!

Héraðsskólinn Restaurant And Bistro

Hotel and Restaurant Icelandic Food in Geysir

Photo from Héraðskólinn Facebook Page

Héraðsskólinn is actually a boutique hostel, but its restaurant serves quality food. Located in Laugarvatn, halfway between the Þingvellir National Park and the Geysir, the hostel’s restaurant boasts a great menu selection with everything from trout to reindeer on offer. With such a large menu, you’ll definitely find something to your liking.

The building used to be a county school but has since been redeveloped into a hostel and restaurant. The hostel’s green roof and crisp white walls mean it’s easily spotted from the road.


Situated in Laugarvatn, about 100 km from Reykjavík, Lindin is a cozy restaurant that instantly makes you feel at home as soon as you walk in the door. The expertly-cooked, delicious fare is renowned across Iceland and is popular with tourists and locals alike. Open from noon until about 10 pm, there is no excuse not to visit!

Chef Baldur is not only a world-class cook but an expert when it comes to chocolate. After dinner, make sure you sample some dessert, you won’t regret it. After an intense Golden Circle exploration, this might be just the meal you need.


Vegan Soups in Golden Circle Geysir Park

Icelandic Soup

The name might be a bit obvious, but Súpa is Icelandic for soup and, unsurprisingly, that’s exactly what this homely restaurant serves.

This health-conscious restaurant is located in the service centre at Geysir and serves six different soup options – three vegan and three vegetarian –all of which are delicious. All the soups are served with homemade bread and butter and are a perfect, inexpensive bite to eat on the Golden Circle.


BBQ in Golden Circle Hvita Iceland

Drumboddstaðir often called Drumbó

Drumboddstaðir, often called Drumbó, sits on the bank of the Hvítá River and is best known as the basecamp for white water river rafting in the south. But did you know it’s also the perfect spot to enjoy a local beer and a BBQ?

When planning your itinerary, make sure to stop by, as the atmosphere is hugely fun and energetic, making it a great place for a bite to eat – with or without rafting. However, sitting on the banks of the river watching all the fun, can get a little tiresome. Drumboddstaðir also recently opened a new bar with a fantastic selection of beers, the perfect treat after a trip down the river.

Efstidalur II

Ice Cream Shop Desserts in Iceland Golden Circle

Ice Cream

If you haven’t guessed by now, we love ice cream in Iceland. There’s no excuse to refuse a bowl of creamy, frozen goodness, so visiting Efstidalur farm is imperative.

A farm hotel with an outstanding restaurant and ice cream shop, it’s not to be missed. All the ice creams are made using only local ingredients, and the stunning location is the perfect setting for enjoying a scoop or two.

Kids, in particular, will love being on the farm and seeing the animals up close!

Græna Kannan Organic Café

You won't believe it, but Sólheimar is considered the world's oldest eco-village. It has such an incredible history. It was initially established as a children's home 80 years ago and has evolved into a close-knit community. Your Golden Circle tour has just become even better!

Organic Coffee in Iceland Golden Circle

Græna Kannan Organic Café

What's excellent about Græna Kannan is that they offer a range of mouthwatering treats made in their all-organic bakery, food processing unit, and greenhouses. From freshly baked cakes, pies, and bread from their bakery to delightful homemade marmalade, jam, chutney, salsa sauces, and soups, your taste buds are in for a treat.

It's not just about delicious food and drinks—it's about supporting a community dedicated to positively impacting the environment and providing opportunities for everyone. Enjoy the wholesome goodness and the warm-hearted atmosphere. You won't regret it!

Flúðasveppir Farmers Bistro

Restaurant Farmers Bistro Iceland Golden Circle

Farmers Bistro

You have to check out Farmers Bistro in Flúðir! It's an absolute gem in this beautiful town, famous for its fantastic weather and a prime spot in the middle of the Golden Circle. This farm in South Iceland is all about mushrooms. And trust me, tourists from all over, both local and international, flock to this place.

The owners, Georg and Emma, are incredible people. Flúðasveppir is the only mushroom farm in all of Iceland. Try their gourmet buffet, with dishes made of delicious white and chestnut mushrooms—they're absolutely out of this world. One of the specials is their portobello burger and mushroom ice cream!

Additionally, at Flúða-Jörfi, their impressive horticulture farm, they grow the freshest bell peppers and tomatoes you can imagine.

So at Farmers Bistro they're all about that farm-to-table experience and local ingredients. Georg and Emma make sure to bring the best of their farms straight to your plate. Enjoy locally-grown mushrooms, vibrant bell peppers, juicy tomatoes, and a whole array of farm-fresh veggies. It's an authentic taste of Flúðir, and it's fantastic.

So, when you're near Flúðir, make sure to swing by Farmers Bistro. It's a local favorite and for good reason. The flavors, the freshness, and the passion behind it all—it's an experience you won't want to miss.

Friðheimar Tomato Farm

Hidden Gem in Golden Circle Iceland Farmers Restaurant

Friðheimar Tomato Farm

I’m sure visiting a tomato farm wasn’t on your original list of priorities when planning a visit to Iceland, but a trip to Bláskógabyggð isn’t complete without sampling something from the farm’s tomato-inspired menu.

At Friðheimar, visitors will have a wide selection to choose from, with everything from the all-time classic tomato soup to tomato ice cream on offer – It sounds strange I know but trust me, it’s delicious!

Having Beer in Lagoon

If you are lucky enough, you may catch the horse show on your way in or out. Visitors can watch the Icelandic horses show off their unique tricks. Don’t miss the gift store either – personally, I make sure to never run out of their jams. This is a perfect stop after Gullfoss Waterfall and close to the Secret Lagoon.

Farm To Fork At Restaurant Kaffihús Grund

Restaurant Grund is located in a small guesthouse in Flúðir and is a popular restaurant that prides itself on using only fresh ingredients from the farm. This farm-to-fork experience is not to be missed and is a great place on the Golden Circle to grab a hearty bite to eat after taking a dip in the Secret Lagoon

Hot Dog Stand Pylsuvagninn

Hot Dog Stand Pylsuvagninn

Is there a more authentic Icelandic duo than hot dogs and ice cream? When traveling around Iceland, why not sample some of the hot dogs at Selfoss’ famous hot dog stand Pylsuvagninn. Grab a perfectly cooked hot dog or two (or even three!) with all the toppings, before heading to Huppa ice cream parlor.

Don’t worry if you’re full – you’ll soon find room for dessert. At Huppa, customers choose three different types of candy to mix into their ice-cream, making an already tasty treat even better! Our favourite combinations are:

  • Oreos, Tromp & Þristur
  • Strawberries, Nóa kropp & Toblerone

Take it from us and our extensive first-hand research that these combinations are oh-so-amazing!

Kaffi Krús

Kaffi Krús in Selfoss

Kaffi Krús is located in Selfoss and boasts an extraordinary amount of positive TripAdvisor reviews, which only cements its stellar reputation for good food.

The restaurant serves hearty fare, such as pizza, pasta, and burgers, meaning you’re sure to find something to satisfy your appetite. To sum up, the food is exceptional, the portions are big, and the cakes are delicious, what more can you want?

Restaurant Þrastarlundur

Situated by the river Sog, and about five minutes from Kerið, Restaurant Þrastarlundur recently underwent a massive redevelopment and is now one of the most popular restaurants in the Golden Circle area.

The perfect option for brunch or even a relaxed late-night pizza dinner, the menu is extensive and has something for everyone.

If you’re staying in an Airbnb, it’s possible to pick up groceries or even a selection of cheeses to take home with you. Whatever your food needs, this restaurant certainly doesn’t disappoint!

Við Fjöruborðið

Bucket of Lobsters Drenched in Garlic Butter

Fancy a bucket of lobsters drenched in garlic butter? Of course, you do! Við Fjöruborðið is Stokkseyri’s best seafood restaurant and is a must-visit for any seafood lovers. The restaurant’s magical langoustine soup is a particular favorite with customers and is reportedly made with cream, tomatoes, charm, and passion.

Anyone visiting the restaurant should try one of their classic homemade cakes for dessert. These always remind me of the cakes my grandma used to make and taste wonderful. Because this place is so popular, it’s always best to call ahead and make a reservation.

Rauða Húsið

Red House Restaurant in Eyrarbakki

Also known as Red House, this restaurant is located in, you guessed it, a red house in Eyrarbakki – a charming coastal town in south Iceland, which is home to 570 people.

This place is yet another one of Iceland’s top restaurants that serve amazing seafood. I can’t eat here without ordering the lobster tails. Made using 100% Icelandic and locally-caught lobsters, this dish is one mouth-watering and one of the most popular on the menu. Another recommendation is the lobster soup, which is also delicious.

Restaurant Varmá

Food cooked in Iceland’s famous hot springs

Varmá is something of a celebrity when it comes to restaurants in the south and for good reason. Located in the charming hotel of Frost og Funi (Frost and Fire), Varmá specializes in food cooked in Iceland’s famous hot springs.

Try the Icelandic lamb or the duck breast – it takes roughly 18 hours to slow-cook these dishes, which is what makes them so unique and tasty. A visit to Restaurant Varmá is an experience like no other, and it will leave your taste buds tingling.


Restaurant African Ethiopian Cuisine Golden Circle

African Restaurant Serving Ethiopian Cuisine

Located in Flúðir, Minilik is a unique place to eat on the Golden Circle and overall in Iceland, as it is an African restaurant serving Ethiopian cuisine. It offers something different from the usual lamb and fish dishes found in Iceland, with a mix of meat, vegan, and vegetarian options.

Adventurous foodies will enjoy this stop on their trip. The meals are cooked as you order, so make sure you have time to spare before eating here. But the wait is worth it!

For those seeking a complete experience, Minilik invites you to partake in a customary Ethiopian coffee ceremony after your meal. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage as you savor the aromatic brew and engage in the age-old ritual of coffee roasting.

Ölverk Pizza & Brewery

Ölverk Pizza & Brewery

Ölverk Pizza & Brewery is tucked away in Hveragerði, a small town only 35 minutes away from Reykjavík conveniently positioned at the heart of the famous Golden Circle. This local brewery embraces the power of geothermal energy to craft unique and flavorful beers alongside a delectable menu of wood-fired pizzas with traditional and unique toppings (banana, seaweed, coconut, and more). 

Prepare to be delighted by the unconventional and mouthwatering combinations that this brewery has to offer. Their beer selection encompasses various styles, including IPAs, sour beers, pilsners, and seasonal offerings.

Their wood-fired pizzas are expertly cooked in their on-site pizza oven. The combination of finely-crafted beer and mouthwatering pizza delivers an authentic local experience.

Laufey and Elvar, the owners of Ölverk, also cultivate chili peppers in nearby greenhouses, using them to create flavorful hot sauces that add a distinctive touch to their dishes.

Family Restaurant Pizza in Golden Circle Iceland

Pizza in Golden Circle

As you can see, there is no need to go hungry when exploring the Golden Circle. Finally, if you are back in Reykjavik and haven’t quite gotten your fill, check out these go-to places for food in the city. And if you are headed out to explore further, check out places to eat on the South Coast of Iceland and where to grab a bite on the Snaefellsness Peninsula.

For information on the Golden Circle, read how to get the most out of The Golden Circle, our definitive guide. Even with just a few days to spend in Iceland, you can never go wrong by choosing the Golden Circle tour!

Want to explore the Golden Circle for yourself? Many of our self-drive tours include the option to travel on this famous route.

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