Eating in Iceland:
Gourmet tour is a must of all my trips. Although, Iceland can´t compete with mediterranean cuisine (mainly due to its climate and lack of fresh local fruits and vegetables), foodies would definitely appreciate Icelandic fish soup and the amazing bread&bakery.
During my week in Iceland I´ve tried to explore the most popular food spots and now I´m ready to share my experiences with you. Here you have all the foods and restaurants that made my stay in Iceland tastier.
A great restaurant, located inside the cowshed and offering homemade local foods such as smoked trout, mozzarella and Geysir rye bread. Everything is fresh and the service is also great.
Probably the best fish soup I´ve ever had. Very nice service and really delicious homemade food. They tend to be completely full for dinner. I was there for lunch though and there were only 2 tables besides ours. Loved this place!
Nice restaurant with great pizzas, baked in fire oven. I got “The Pond” pizza (garlic bread langoustine+cheese), mozzarella sticks were also really nice.
Located in a lovely Fisherman´s village Stykkishólmur, Sjávarpakkhúsið has a small menu with a few very fresh and delicious food options. The mussels and fish soup were particularly good. Great service and good (for Iceland) price quality relation.
Fridheimar tomato farm is, probably, the only disappointment from all of my planed lunch&dining stops. I´ve read so many great feedbacks on this place. Everything in menu includes tomatoes, cultivated on a farm and the food is served among the tomato plants. Food was ok (but nothing extraordinary in my opinion), the personnel seemed nice, but they were probably overwhelmed by so many visitors: it took us forever to have a lunch. We ordered a dessert, which never came and after waiting for it 40 min and kindly reminding about it to our waiter – no result, we just payed and left. By and large, we arrived to Fridheimar around 2.30 p.m and we left around 4.40, actual lunch time was probably 20 min – all the rest waisted on waiting for the table, food and bill. I should give them a credit – the concept is really nice ” eco tomatoes and dining among tomato plants”, but the experience was not good. I would´t come back.
This place is quite touristic. And it´s all because of nice views and quiet location. The food is ok, the menu is small, but all homemade. Service was average. It´s only worth visiting when the weather is good and you could seat outside.
Coffee and Snacks
Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
A famous hot dog stand in Reykjavik, where Bill Clinton made a stop during his visit to Iceland. Since then it became trendy and recently everyone from celebreties, like Kardashinas, to bloggers, backpackers and family travelers, stops to grab a bite here. There are a few places to seat and a huge line, which goes relatively fast though. It took me 20-30 min to get my hot dog. Conclusion: probably the cheapest and still tasty food option in Reykjavik. Good choice if you´re traveling on a budget. And yet nothing out of ordinary: I guess I´ve tried better hot dogs across the globe, obviously not in Reykjavik.
A family owned cafe with cozy design and homemade quiche and delicious cakes. Really nice place to have a good coffee pause.
A popular spot for the ice-cream lovers in Akureyri. They have 3 ice cream flavors: chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. You can also add lots of stuff like chocolate, caramel etc. to make your ideal unique ice-cream. But in my opinion, the pure vanilla ice-cream was the most delicious one.
Nice place to stop for a coffee. Great choice of homemade cakes. Europeans will love their strong espresso.
From the supermarkets I liked Vidir (for fruits and vegetables) and Kronan, more budget option, but with a whole section for healthy food lovers. Another discovery for me was Skyr , sort of Icelandic yogurt, which you could find in every grocery store or gas station.
Eating in Iceland could be delicious,
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