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.
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.
This atmospheric little coffee shop offers good breakfast, tasty coffee and occasionally some live music.
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.
Situated in the elegant Icelandair Hotel, Slippbarinn takes you on a gastronomic adventure through the flavors of Iceland. Dimly-lit, cozy and intimate, this where you should go to get a glimpse of the essence of Icelandic culture and hospitality. Treat yourself to a palate-pleasing array of regional-inspired dishes from Pork Belly Stew and Rack of Lamb to Calamari and Marina Fish Soup. Adding to the buzz in the place is the breakfast and brunch buffet, where you can feast on an all-you-can-eat supply of delicious Chorizo and Serrano Ham, fresh salad, tiramisu and much more. To complement your meal are a host of signature concoctions like Blue Job, Reykjavik Summit and Jamaican Blazer.
This friendly, neighborhood pub is an ideal place to hang out at after catching an enchanting play at the Reykjavík Municipal Theatre. Chat up old friends as you sip on your favorite drinks and take in the cozy aura of the place. The restaurant is frequented by theater goers and tourists alike, owing to its versatile à la carte menu and enticing interiors. You can taste the best of cheese-layered pastas, vegetable pizzas, heart-warming soups and succulent meat dishes as you take in the elegant, woody décor of this eatery. Weekends see a flurry of activity with live music featuring prominently on the agenda and enthralling patrons with its vivacity and variety. You can also host private events, conferences and corporate dos at this venue. Once you visit this cordial café, you will want to keep coming back for more! Check website for more details.
If you're not very sure of what you want to eat, Cafe Nautholl is your best bet! Offering a variety of dishes to choose from, the restaurant has the potential of providing something new to its customers every time they drop in. Another feature that's a major crowd puller is the live musical performances held frequently at the cafe. So head right to Cafe Nautholl, if you are in the mood for unwinding to the tunes of jazz!
Opened in 1996, Súfistinn is the nation's flagship bookshop café and also the first among the smoke-free cafes in Iceland. Browze through their bookshelves and enjoy a delicious cuppa or two. Their carefully selected Arabica beans are slow roasted and blended to perfection. Compliment your fine brew with delicious snacks or pastries. Or try their hearty soups which change daily. This quaint coffee shop also hosts regular live gigs by talented local musicians.
After more than 60 years in the business, Prikið is still going strong, attracting a clientele that is as eclectic as its entertainment offer. Diner by day, bar by night, this local coffee shop is ideally situated at the very beginning of Laugavegur, known as the heart of the city's shopping, dining and entertainment district. During the day, enjoy a cup of coffee and typical diner-style food at Prikið, or stop by after work and indulge in a drink or two with friends. Happy hours are from 5p to 7p on weekdays, so bring your friends along and unwind at Prikið after a long day. The night brings with it new forms of entertainment, with every thing from film screenings and markets, to live band performances and DJs featured at Prikið throughout the year. The party goes on into the wee hours of the morning, with plenty of dancing, drinks and good old fashioned revelry. If you're still out when night once more turns to day, stop by Prikið for a serving of their famous "hangover killer" breakfast special before heading home.