The year 2019 wasn’t kind to many restaurateurs. Let’s be honest, it’s a tough business. Nevertheless, Iceland’s culinary scene is seeing the emergence of new players and the old guard stepping up their A-game. Restaurants continue to diversify; we’ve got ourselves an izakaya inspired spot, while tasting menus are being questioned and reinterpreted. The scope of “Icelandic cuisine” is broadening to include not just produce and products but also their sourcing and seasonal integrity on this harsh island by players big and small. Whether it is globally recognised Nordic fine-dining or fragrant Thai curries, traditional Icelandic cuisine or family-friendly sushi, to everything in-between, this guide to the best of everything Reykjavík has to offer has been hand-picked by our exacting panel of passionate gourmands. From budget bites to fanciful fare, we’ve got you covered. Skál!
The Coocoo’s Nest
It’s with good reason that this family-run restaurant has made such a strong impact on the local brunch scene. Such is the popularity of their sumptuous fare that they now offer brunch starting Fridays. The pancakes are American perfection. That award-winning sourdough is put to good use under poached eggs bathed in a silky hollandaise tickled with blue cheese, the wreck-your-bank-account avocado toast, or just simply grilled and served alongside an omelette that feeds six. We kid, but only partially. Iris, one of the owners, insists people leave well fed and stuffed. And even though Luna Florens extends the seating availability, it’s best to make a reservation.
To Sunday like the locals do, head to Snaps. Serving up the perfect laid-back brunch, choose from various egg preparations, sandwiches or salads. The croque monsieurs are especially good if you are nursing a hangover and nothing but a rich sando will do. Couple with the bloody good Bloody Mary and you’ll be ready for another night of debauchery.
Paris’ Austurvöllur location is postcard perfection for sun-bathing, people watching and yes, everyday brunching. Despite recent upheavals, Paris is back on track with their stack of pancakes, eggs florentine and, wait for it, table service! Make it a ‘Boozy Brunch’ and sightseeing in Reykjavík will already be off to a great start.
2019: The Coocoo’s Nest
2018: Cafe Paris
2016: The Coocoo’s Nest
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