Reykjavík is a relatively small city, but even so, sometimes you need a bit of local advice to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s a good people-watching spot, somewhere to see some contemporary art, or the best place to catch an Icelandic movie. Don’t worry, friends—we’ve got you covered via our Best of Reykjavík 2016 series. Here are some of our favourite spots in Reykjavík, for all kinds of super-fun days and nights out. Enjoy! And if you try our list, you can let us know what you thought of the selections via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winner: Coocoo’s Nest
Do not fly by or over this great spot located in the Grandi harbour area. It has a selection of vegetarian and vegan options and the brunch is one of the must-try meals in Reykjavík. Brunch is served Friday to Sunday from 11:00 until 16:00. We recommend getting there early and making a day out of the up and coming Grandi area. It has a picturesque old harbour, and the walk will help with your hangover.
Runner up: Hverfisgata 12
Hverfisgata 12 is a nice looking place. Half of any good brunch is in the location, and this place delivers. The other half is eggs, bread and fruit. Hverfisgata 12 does it all, and very well. The plating is Instagram gold. You’ll be happy you went here, and so will your followers.
Runner up: Snaps
Snaps has eggs Benedict, Bloody Marys and a gin and tonic menu. It also has cava for under 1000 ISK. When someone from Chicago or Toronto says, “Let’s go for brunch,” this is the kind of place they mean— a comfortable Sunday recovery spot.
2014: Coocoo’s Nest
Read more of our Best of 2016 lists here.