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!
Best Place To Go With A Group Of Friends
What is it about playful drinks housed in popcorn bags, puffy sugar clouds of cotton candy, ferris wheels of dollhouse desserts and tiers of colourful hummus that makes hanging out at places that much more fun? Fjallkonan is the hottest new spot for large groups or anyone hankering for a hands-on engaging experience. That the food tastes delicious, the cocktails inspired, cosy seating and the service knows how to keep the good times rollin’ makes this our favourite place to head out with your besties and frenemies alike.
It’s a pity that after-work drinks aren’t really a thing here. Even so, Bastard Brew’s multi-level space with deep booths, cosy corners and open dart area makes it a perfect haunt to let your hair down after a long, tiring day. The GnT selection is expansive enough to warrant revisits and the brews on tap are perfect foils to the there’s-something-for-everyone selection of foods.
Peppy music, check. Tropical drinks, check. Platters upon extensive platters of copious amounts of Spanish-inspired tapas, check. Service that never falters through the night (even if you do), check. Tapas Barinn continues to be a favourite haunt for returning Icelanders, bachelorettes, and send offs. No matter the occasion, Tapas Barinn keeps it lively.
2015-18: Tapas barinn
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