Eating in Iceland:
A 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 its 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. Some of these places have definitely made my stay in Iceland “tastier”, while others ended up not living to my expectations (despite their high rankings online).
A great restaurant, located inside the cowshed and offering homemade local foods such as smoked trout, mozzarella and Geysir rye bread. Everything was fresh and the service was great also.
Old Iceland (Reykjavík) offers probably the best fish soup I´ve ever had. Very nice service and really delicious homemade meals. They tend to be completely full for dinner. We visited for lunch though: there were only 2 tables besides ours. Loved this place!
Nice restaurant in Akureyri with great pizzas, baked in a 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 for 40 min and kindly reminding about it to our waiter – no result, we just paid and left. By and large, we arrived at 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 wouldn’t come back.
This place is quite touristic, all because of the 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 celebrities, like Kardashians, 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 in Borgarnes with cozy design, homemade quiches, and many other delicious cakes: perfect for a snack or 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 in Akureyri. 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.
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