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.
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?
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.
This is known to be one of the 'coolest' bars in Reykjavik. Its popular image acts as a huge crowd puller and getting a seat within is not as easy a task as you may think. But once you get in, the experience is definitely worthwhile. The outside may appear pretty unassuming and the location only adds to this effect. But the glow from the candle-lit tables within and the intimate little loft upstairs in the bar tells a different story. A good range of local Icelandic beer and traditional grub to go with it completes your memorable visit to Kaffibarinn!
Head over to Vox Restaurant for a sophisticated dining experience, stop at the Vox Bistro for a light lunch, or grab a drink at the Vox Bar. The Restaurant offers modern European gourmet cuisine featuring seasonal products and ingredients. Choose from main courses including catfish, turbot, lamb, beef tenderloin, and suckling pig, and order a wine to complement your selection. The Bistro is a popular spot with its weekday lunch buffets featuring soups, salads, meat and vegetarian main courses, and desserts. The Bar is a great stop before or after an elegant dinner and includes a menu of coffee, beer, soft drinks, spirits, wine, cocktails, and tobacco. Check website for full menus and to book a table.
Throw all caution to the winds and give in to the sheer pleasure of good food and great company. Although this restaurant and bar is open for dinner only, it can be booked in advance for lunch, for 15 people or more. The Tapas Barinn follows the Spanish tradition of making dining a ride to indulge your senses. It's all about letting go. The food here is delicious and served in large portions to satisfy every tummy. Try the Saltfish Catallana Style or the Grilled Marinated Fillet of Lamb and Lobster Tails with Baked Potato, Fresh Salad and Alioli. End the evening with coffee or sumptuous dessert.
Ask around and you will find many who would list Svarta Kaffið as one of the city's attractions. This family-owned cafe is best known for its hearty and unbelievably delicious soups, served in a tasty bread bowl that soaks up the left-overs so than not a single drop is wasted. Two soups, one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian, are featured daily, alongside cakes, breakfast specials, beer, coffee and other typical cafe fare. Few things are as comforting as a bowl of soup in winter, and the Svarta Kaffið is one of the best places in town to get yourself a bowlful. While bread bowls are not the most novel idea, few do it as well as the folks at Svarta Kaffið.
Based in a very prestigious house, in its time (1916) the largest building in Iceland, and a former pharmacy (apótek = pharmacy) the Apótek is a hip and ambitious restaurant, as is clearly reflected in the smart interior design and a stiff upper lip service. Apótek functions both as a bar and a restaurant, as is the current trend in Reykjavík, and its central location makes it an ideal place for a drop in on a Saturday night, but watch out though, as they maintain a strict door policy. The menu is an international one, offering everything from tapas and sushi to Icelandic specialties.
The cafeteria at the Nordic House offers a spectacular accompaniment to your dining. It has light streaming in from the huge bay windows and a breathtaking view of the shimmering lake. Unlike other cafes in Reykjavik, it offers freshly baked breads, pastries and other snacks. So sip a glass of wine or unwind over a few beers and take in the spectacular surroundings.
Kol is a seafood restaurant and bar which offers a range of salads, steaks, finger foods and desserts as well as an array of craft cocktails and wines which complement the dishes. Run by head chefs Kári Þorsteinsson and Einar Hjaltason, the open kitchen is an organized unit which is entertaining to watch. The space, as designed by Tom Dixon, is trendy and chic with two floors of cozy booths and leather furniture.