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The Ultimate Iceland Vegan Food Guide

As soon as you land in Iceland you will, as a Vegan, most probably hit a bit of a wall.
Skins and leather everywhere. Endless people wearing parkas with fur, leather gloves, and wool is our main thing! Personally, I have been slowly easing into the Vegan lifestyle now and been testing it all over town so I am here putting together a list of my favorite places to eat as a Vegan, not only in Reykjavík but ALL over Iceland. Starting with Reykjavík.

 

Great Vegan Restaurants in Downtown Reykjavík

The CooCoo’s Nest

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A small family business that has quickly become one the most popular spots in town. It can be a little difficult to get a table but that’s because of two reasons 1. because the food is incredible and 2nd because the place is kind of tiny and charming and there aren’t many tables. I am obsessed with their brunch but they are also great for dinner and most nights they have a theme. Taco Tuesday, Pizza Thursday and so on. Any day is a flavor adventure and I would recommend this place to the pickiest of friends!

Location: Grandagarður 23, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Monday
CLOSED
Tuesday to Saturday
11 am – 10 pm
Sunday
11 am – 4 pm

Tjarnarbarinn

Tjarnarbarinn has delicious soup every day and it’s always vegan, also the soup is only 1,290 ISK which is most likely the best prices for soup in Reykjavík comes with fresh tasty bread. Located in an independent theatre it’s a super cool hangout spot as well. Great coffee (with oat milk)!
Hipstery staff and even though you might not know the person at the next table it is likely to be a local celebrity!

Location: Tjarnargata 12, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Every day
10 am – 4 pm

Reykjavík Chips

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Well, the name pretty much says it all but this chip place is by far the best in town. Owned by a group of friends who used to visit Belgium a lot and fell in love with the concept of fries as a main course, this trendy place is perfect for a mid-day meal and they always have super great deals. A bang for the buck + their mayo is off the charts!

Location: Vitastígur 10, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
11:30 am – 10 pm
Saturday to Sunday
11:30 am – 11 pm

Julia & Julia

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Vegan cake heaven HELLO! This place is quite new in the food scene here in Iceland but has truly made a name for itself and I know this might seem like a non-cool thing to say but all the cool kids are going here! Located in the Museum House at Hverfisgata everything about this place is insanely pretty! They have excellent variety of amazing dishes for vegans and I especially recommend their tertur e. cakes!

Location: Hverfisgata 15, 101 Reykjavik 
Opening hours:
Everyday
10 am – 5 pm

Núðluskálin

I will never get enough, it’s just so goooood! You can get the noodles dry or floating and the toppings are always super fresh and amazing. Tips. Be careful with choosing how spicy you want it AND sit upstairs – It’s much nicer! By the window, if you can, perfect for people watching. Great tofu options and just in general a great place – Enjoy!

Location: Skólavörðustígur 8, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
11.30 am – 9 pm
Saturday
12 pm – 8 pm
Sunday
CLOSED

Súpubarinn

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Amazingly delicious súpa e. soup and they always have great vegan options (yes plural, often the majority). The perfect lunch stop and you can take it to-go as well. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite places and now they have two locations. The one downtown is a new one and their decor and wall decorations are so amazing! This seems to be the word I am using for this place so, I am ending this with Súpubarinn is simply amazing!

Location: Bergstaðastræti 4, 101 Reykjavik & Borgartún 26, 105 Reykjavík (this one is quite hidden but it’s next to 10/11)
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
11 am to 8 pm
Saturday to Sunday
11 am – 6 pm

 

Prepp

 

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A childhood dream turned into reality, these group of friends opened Prepp less than a year ago and are already a go-to place for many vegans as they are super considered and thoughtful of our kind. Their breakfast is praised and the location is fantastic! I can 100% recommend them and for me, the breakfast oatmeal is the best!

Location: Rauðarárstígur 8, 105 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
8 am – 5 pm
Saturday
11 am – 4 pm
Sunday
CLOSED

Vínyl

Photo from Vinyl Facebook

This is the one ALL vegans first hear about when they ask for vegan meals in Iceland. This is (to my knowledge) the only ALL vegan restaurant in Iceland. Anything from brunch to dinner this place is always on top and you will not be disappointed. Also, just a super hip hangout spot and the music is top notch!

Location: Hverfisgata 76, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Every day
8 am – 11 pm

Hraðlestin

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Super Vegan-friendly, they even have a whole day dedicated to it every week. In Icelandic Wednesday is Miðvikudagur so they changed it to Miðvegandagur and it’s the most delicious day every. This Indian restaurant has been on my crave list for like ever and I swear their nan bread can fix even the worst of days. Go to the one at Lækjargata, it’s the coziest one!

Location: Lækjargata 8, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday
11 am – 10 pm
Friday
11 am – 11 om
Saturday
5 pm – 11 pm
Sunday
5 pm – 10 pm

Gló

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They have 4+ restaurants already so you know they’re fantastic! This is the perfect place for healthy options and they are always super fresh. They change their menu daily but if you can catch the lasagne that’s the one I will recommend. Still, anything I have tried has been super delicious. Gló really knows what they are doing! Go Gló!

Location: Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
11 am – 9 pm
Saturday to Sunday
11:30 am to 9 pm

Ramen Momo

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Here is a super cool restaurant where 50% of the menu is vegan, all of the Ramen noodles are vegan and the owners are super considered and well educated in what is and isn’t vegan! Here you will undoubtedly find the best ramen in town. This little charming place is owned by a couple that completely lives for the joy of making food and you can see in the reviews that it truly shines through for everyone in both amazing cuisine and the atmosphere. You can’t help but keep coming. One taste and you’re hooked!

Location: Tryggvagata 16, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
11:30 am –
Saturday
12 pm – 10 pm
Sunday
CLOSED

 

Hlemmur Mathöll

Location Hlemmur

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Photo from their Facebook Page

This amazing new food hall that used to be a bus stop is the IT place right now! The restaurants open at all sorts of hours but Brauð & co. and Te&Kaffi open around 8 am so you do anything from breakfast to dinner and drinks. I have completely fallen in love with this place and it’s perfect for all of those who travel with someone who doesn’t like the same kind of food or if you want to do pre, main and after course at different spots. Here are my favorite vegan spots in Hlemmur Mathöll.

 

BÁNH MÍ

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Famous for their sandwiches but my personal fav are the vegan summer rolls. They are so fresh, tasty and have such twist if you add the nut spread or chili oils! One of the few Vietnamese Restaurants in Iceland and a true jewel to the food crown here in Reykjavík. The staff is extremely nice and attentive and I have quickly fallen in love with this place!

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday
11 am – 9 pm
Friday to Saturday
11 am – 11 pm
Sunday
11 am – 9 pm

 

La Poblana

Get ready for some serious real Mexican flavor, these people really know their stuff and the passion for creating their yummy food certainly shows. The staff is so friendly and on it. The plates are kind of “pick-nicky” but really who cares when the food is at this standard. I love the vegan quesadilla 5/5!

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday
11 am – 9 pm
Sunday
12 pm – 9 pm

Vegan sweet tooth in Reykjavík

17 sortir

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Everything about this place is adorable. The name is from a famous book from the only Nobel Prize-winning novelist from Iceland, Halldór Laxness, and their specialty is pretty cakes and cupcakes that just melt in your mouth. There was a need for a shop like this here in Iceland and boy, oh boy did we get a good one! The bakers are simply artists and the taste of their cakes, otherworldly! They always have great variety for vegans!
Location: Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
11 am – 6 pm
Saturday to Sunday
11 am – 5 pm

Valdís

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Prepare yourself for ice cream paradise. They have 2-4 vegan options at each time and they are amazing sorbet that never ceases to amaze and this place has had a queue since it’s opening day and for a good reason. Owned by a local female comedian this colorful cute little shop is a must visit!

Location: Grandagarður, 101 Reykjavík
Opening hours:
Everyday
11:30 am – 11 pm

 

Great Vegan Restaurants on the South coast in Iceland

Ölverk

 

This pretty and new restaurant in the floral town of Hveragerði hit the restaurant scene with a bang when it opened early 2017. Their amazing pizzas and their home-brewed beer (The only geothermally brewed beer in Europe) are out of this world good and the pizza number 9 on the menu one is one of the best vegan pizzas I have tried. They even have vegan cheese if you ask for it! If you aren’t in the mood for pizza their Meng Li vegan salad is also fantastic, fresh and always delicious. Just be sure to tell them you want it vegan style as the standard dressing is fish sauce.

Location: Breiðamörk 2, 810 Hveragerdi

Opening hours:

Sundays to Thursday
11:30 am – 10 pm
Fridays to Saturdays
11:30 am – 11 pm

 

 

 


Have you tried any of these? Do you know more I should add to this list?


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