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With a diverse selection of food and restaurants in Iceland, the only difficulty will be pinning yourself down to one choice on the menu.
For a quick bite to eat, Reykjavík has plenty of great choices, including Hamborgarabúllan (Kringlan 4-12). Set inside a small circular building, the interior style is pure 1950s Americana.
For those on a very tight budget, the 80-year-old Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur establishments (various locations) are the place to go. These unassuming (and cheap) hotdog stands have iconic status in Iceland, and count politicians and celebrities including Bill Clinton among their clients.
If you’re feeling flush, push the boat out with a trip to the award-winning Fish Company (Vesturgötu 2a, Grófartorg). Here, you’ll find Icelandic fine dining with a rustic touch. The ‘Around Iceland’ set menu takes diners on a true culinary journey, showcasing dishes including slow-cooked cod, gravadlax, glazed lamb shoulder and more.
Lamb and fish are the two mainstays of restaurants in Iceland, so if you like those, you’ll have no trouble at Café Loki (Lokastíg 28), one of the best places in Reykjavík to taste traditional food. Try the plokkfiskur – fish stew with potato and onions – while taking in the glorious views.
If you want to take your taste buds on a trip to the adventurous side of Icelandic food, head north. That’s where you’ll find authentic Icelandic delicacies such as hákarl (fermented shark meat) – something of an acquired taste, admittedly!
And don’t leave without trying harðfiskur, a type of dried fish for snacking on, and skyr, a pasteurised natural yoghurt that’s eaten for breakfast and slathered on just about everything that’s edible in Iceland.