From Iceland — Grapevine's Best Of 2017: Best Cheap Meal

Grapevine’s Best Of 2017: Best Cheap Meal

Published March 9, 2017

Grapevine’s Best Of 2017: Best Cheap Meal
Photo by
Art Bicnick

One of the most-asked questions by visitors to Iceland is: “Where do we eat?” It’s a tough question to answer, as Reykjavík has restaurants catering to many different palettes, and on top of that, it seems like they’re always rising and falling in popularity for one reason or another. But we try to stay on top of things where eating out is concerned. With the help of a panel of self-proclaimed experts, we’ve been able to piece together a guide that gives you a pretty good idea of what’s here in 2017. Use the guide, check out the Facebook page of restaurants and make reservations, if need be, for a true epicurean experience in Reykjavík. And if you have recommendations to the contrary, then drop us a line. We are listening. And we’re hungry.


Bike Cave by art bicnick Bike Cave
Einarsnes 36
If you’re looking for a no-frills, quality meal at honest prices with a fantastic view to boot, then Bike Cave is definitely the place to be. Sure, it’s not bang in the middle of downtown, but the simple cheeseburger, two veggie burger patty options and kjötsupa all come under a 1000 isk each! If that isn’t a cheap meal, we don’t know what is.

Runners Up

Multiple locations
The in-house Bónus brand of sandwiches are pretty much the cheapest on-the-go meal in the country. Icelandic favourites include the rækjusalat. “It’s a deluge of mayo with shrimp and boiled eggs—kinda how we like it here,” said our panel, who were also partial to the smoked salmon and roast beef.
Supubarinn by Art Bicnick Súpubarinn
Borgartún 26
This is a true hidden gem not many locals know about, let alone tourists. Tucked away in the basement of a nondescript building on Borgartún, Súpubarinn offers lunch at throwaway prices. The expansive salad and soup bar, and even the hot food counter, are perfect for both the working man and the króna-weary traveller.

Previous Winners

2016: Noodle Station
2015: K-Bar
2014: 10-11 after 14:00
2013: “Sub of the month” at Subway
2012: Íslenski barinn

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