A universal fact about Iceland is that it’s a pretty expensive place to be. So expensive, in fact, that at one point I was browsing a bookstore and a regular paperback book that would cost £7 in England cost approximately £20. Yeah.
That shouldn’t put you off, though: it’s such a magical country, with the Northern Lights, Blue Lagoon and landscape of volcanic rock. The magic makes up for the cost of living.
When I visited earlier this year, I wanted to make sure that while I was saving money, I wasn’t wasting meals going to places I’d regret or end up coming back from Iceland feeling like I hadn’t experienced ‘Icelandic’ cuisine. Which is why I did a whole lot of research! I searched high and low, reading other people’s posts and reviews about their favourite cost-effective places to eat in the city, and ended up making this list: 10 places that you must eat at while you’re in Reykjavik.
P.S. Each of these restaurants have been granted a “Commendation of Excellence” for fantastic reviews/food quality/customer service by Trip Advisor & Yelp!
£ = £0-10
££ = £11-20
£££ = £21-30
BAEJARINS BEZTU PYLSUR
Hot dog Stand
Tryggvatagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Fun fact: Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur apparently sells one of the best hot dogs in Europe. So good, in fact, that the name translates to “Best in the Land”. Also, Bill Clinton apparently ordered a hot dog from here and loved it – so that’s a good bit of trivia about the place!
Laugavegur 54, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Where soup and bread bowls live in perfect harmony. Highly rated by everyone who comes here, the restaurant only sells two items: meat soup and vegetable soup. Both are like a religious experience in a bread bowl.
Grandagarður 10, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
When in Reykjavik, you’ve got to try the seafood – right? Kaffivagninn is one place you’re likely to hear recommended time and time again – their great dishes are worth the little bit extra you’ll pay! Authentic Icelandic fish? Yes please!
Laugavegur 86, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Downright delicious. You’re likely to see the line out the door for this restaurant, but the service moves pretty quickly and tables are always becoming available so don’t worry about it. Quick, easy and delicious. A must!
Fast food chips
Vitastigur 10, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Fresh fries with a great array of sauces. Somewhere if you’re looking for a dish you can walk with – Reykjavik Chips offers chips made fresh in a variety of ways. You’ll find a bunch of people who swear by this place!
BRAUD & CO.
16, Frakkastigur, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Ask someone what their favourite item from Braud & Co. is and you’re likely to get a bunch of different answers. Mostly because everything there seems to taste so good! From the cinnamon rolls to the apple danishes, don’t deny the beauty of light, fluffy, baked goods into your life!
Laugavegur 36, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
A place for inventive sandwiches toasted to perfection. Sandholt is here for all your sandwich/bakery needs! Check out their varied menu and see whether you’re in the mood for sandwiches, quiches, or even croissants!
Klapparstig 3, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Looking for a slice of cake from heaven? Find yourself in Bernhoftsbakari and check out their huge cakes – baked fresh in store!
C IS FOR COOKIE
Tysgata 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
The last bakery on the list (I swear), but I couldn’t resist adding it after hearing of people’s love with their homemade brownies! Ooey and gooey in all the right ways, why deny yourself?
Geirsgotu 1, Reykjavik, Iceland
Don’t be discouraged if this place is packed: in fact, take it as a good sign! Another place that moves fast, Tomasar is known locally as the best burger joint in town. For a cheap eat (check out their “Offer of the Century”!) and great service, be sure to check this place out near the harbour!
Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
A noodle restaurant sent straight from heaven. Nudluskalin had to be my favourite place to eat the entire time I was in town. If you’re going, make sure to check out their “Noodles for the Soul” dish and enjoy. Incredible meal!
Tryggvagata 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Don’t expect tonkotsu ramen, but do expect something just as delicious! Ramen Momo is another quick eat, but somewhere you’ll find yourself returning to over the course of your trip. Make sure to try the vegetarian monos!
I’d love to hear if you’ve visited Reykjavik and where your favourite cheap place to grab food was? If not, and you’re reading this as a bit of research, I hope you have a fantastic time in the city!
I’ve also done a Thrifty Traveller’s Guide to Reykjavik, if you’re looking for cost-effective ways to see the beautiful Icelandic city! You can check that out here.
I hope you have a lovely day,