Uppsalir makes for the perfect retreat when you want to escape the harsh Icelandic chill. A warm fire glowing among the wooden interiors is the picture you'll take home after a visit to this upscale yet cozy cafe. Cakes, coffee refreshments, cheese and the like are the usual treats on offer. A chic bar can help you with something stronger if coffee alone can't warm you up! Uppsalir is also a popular venue for receptions.
This is a traditional Danish restaurant in Reykjavík, specialising in Smorrebrod, which has enjoyed an unbroken tradition as Danish culinary culture for the past 100 years. The Danish are unacknowledged masters of food, and the series of sumptuous open sandwiches offered here combines taste and elegance to perfection. Situated centrally, in one of the modern buildings of Lækjargata, Jómfrúin (meaning the virgin or the young lady) is ideal for cosy lunches, as well as quiet dinners.
Be it the cuisine or the ambience, Kaffi Reykjavík has a wide choice to offer. The restaurant has seven different rooms in all that seat different types and sizes of groups - Kaffi Reykjavik Brasserie, Red Room, Yellow Room, Green Room, Blue Room, Cabaret Room and Cognac Room. Each room offers a unique combination of food, drinks and ambience. The restaurant is popular for providing the best deal in 'Group menus' and also takes orders for special occasions. And don't miss the famous Ice Bar - the interiors are made of ice and the temperature is kept at below zero degree. Now that's 'Ice'land, isn't it?
A. Hansen is one of Hafnarfjörður's oldest and most prestigious restaurants, so prestigious in fact, that the place runs white stretch limousines, carefully labelled A. Hansen, for special occasions and services. Situated centrally in Hafnafjörður, in one of the oldest houses of the town, built in 1880, patrons can enjoy their meals in authentic late nineteenth-century decor, in an atmosphere that takes them to the past. The menu offers an exclusive 'plank steak', and seafood, as well as traditional Icelandic cuisine.
This sparkly, hip restaurant called Iðnó is located in an old theatre, and still functions as such, offering some of the best shows on offer in Reykjavík. Overlooking the pond, complete with birds and baby birds, this is the place for an idyllic view of the old city center. To be particularly recommended for late dinners. The menu is interesting, with a variety of Icelandic seafood and lamb dishes and some international main courses. The ground floor has a coffee house/bar and a little veranda, where guests can enjoy the quacking birdlife and feed hungry ducks and elegant swans with breadcrumbs.
An enduring tourist attraction, Fjörukráin is actually two restaurants in one. One is Fjaran, a seafood restaurant with a varied menu that doubles as a favourite Hafnarfjörður bar at nights. Next to Fjaran is Fjörugarðurinn, and for tourist groups they offer Viking banquets, complete with traditional Icelandic food, served in the Viking manner on large wooden trays. The décor is in a mock Viking style, all the way from the crossbeams on the ceiling to weapons and shields on the walls. In addition to this the staff sings, providing live music too. With a view over Hafnarfjörður harbour this is an ever-popular experience for visitors to Iceland.
Located in the lively foyer of the Saga hotel, Skrúður offers breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets at reasonable prices. The outer glass wall provides natural light, whether it be the low white winter sun, or the yellow hue of summer. The restaurant is even enjoyable in rain or snow storms due to its comfortable décor (lots of large plants), a large fireplace and excellent food. This is a favourite for indulgent lunches, and is popular for both academics from the university area on the other side of the road, and business people taking a break from the busy city central restaurants.
Kigali Kaffi is a charming little cafe which is known for its special coffee which comes all the way from the African country of Rwanda. Also serving an assortment of snacks, soups and other cafe staples, this is a great stop to make on a cold winter morning. Eclectic decor, shelves full of Rwanda coffee products and other nick-nacks and spray-painted animals on the walls create a warm and cozy ambiance perfect for a tete a tete with a friend.
Strategically located in the heart of Reykjavik, this eatery is just a 15 minute drive from the centre of the city. All you Chinese food lovers head here. The menu features authentic Chinese cuisine. With a seating capacity of 45, and a laidback ambience, this place offers good food in comfortable surroundings.
Gamla / Old Iceland might be a small restaurant, but it is one of the best places in town to relish Icelandic cuisine. They specialize in traditional yet seasonal meat and seafood fare that is seasoned with wild Icelandic spices ans herbs. Savor their dishes like seafood soup with chunks of fresh fish, white wine, herbs and cream, oven baked ling coated with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and herbs, and peppered beef tenderloin with steak sauce. Round off your meal with desserts like coconut and cinnamon apple cake with whipped cream.
Co-owned by baristas Torfi Thor Torfason, Ingibjörg Jóna Sigurðardóttir, Tumi Ferrer and Þuríður Sverrisdóttir, Reykjavik Roasters seeks to redefine the concept of coffee. Formerly known as Kaffismiðja Iceland, the cafe offers some of the best coffee in Iceland which is pressed in small batches to retain flavor. The award-winning cafe is a cozy place with eclectic decor, colorful throw-pillows and music drifting from the LP record player.