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Best Of Reykjavík 2018: Best Vegan Meal

Best Of Reykjavík 2018: Best Vegan Meal

Published May 3, 2018

There has never been a more exciting time for the restaurant scene in Reykjavik. Thanks to burgeoning tourism, exposure, and a genuine curiosity for foods from far and wide, diners now have a plethora of choices on offer. Whether it’s high-end fine dining (we even boast a Michelin starred gem!), or a cheap late night bite, Reykjavik is coming into its own as a culinary destination, offering small plates, tasting menus, farm to table seasonal produce and classic Iceland cuisine, and all while accommodating vegans and vegetarians. The following restaurants are the very best, according to our panel of enthusiastic gourmands. Feel free to let us know what you think of our choices as you eat your way around the city. We’re listening. And we’re hungry.

Best Vegan Meal

Skál!
Hlemmur, Laugavegur 107

Since its opening, Skál has served up vegan versions of almost their entire menu. We’re currently crushing on the smoked carrots with avocados, seaweed salt and lovage mayo, piled atop a gorgeous seeded Danish rye bread. The portions are tapas-size, so feel free to try multiple dishes, but whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the roasted broccoli—smoky, tender broccoli halves, doused with a creamy sauce and nutmeg. So, so good! While the menu may not explicitly mark out the vegan options, just ask, and the kitchen will oblige.

Runner-Up:

Kaffi Vínyl
Hverfisgata 76

Reykjavík’s only fully vegan café is Kaffi Vínyl. They offer wholesome fare in generous portions, with soy-based Oumph meat substitute, and various non-dairy milk options for the beverages. The food has been hit and miss—a reflection of changes in the kitchen, no doubt—but regulars swear by the Pad Thai and the Oumph sandwiches.

Runner-Up:

Út í Bláinn
Perlan, Öskjuhlíð

Newcomer: Sitting pretty atop Öskjuhlíð, Út í Bláinn is the new restaurant in Perlan. With 360 views of nature and the city—reason enough to warrant a visit—the restaurant also offers vegan dishes put together by chefs with fine dining experience. We recommend the cauliflower dish with capers.

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