First of all, you need to know that there is a quota on imported cheeses and meats in Iceland. In fact, you may have found this out if you tried to bring a sausage or cheese back from your visit abroad.
With this in mind, realize that you can go upstairs at Iða, the large bookstore on Lækjargata, and come face to face with a refrigerator full of prosciutto, jamón Serrano, a range of cheese from France, Italy and Spain, the works.
In fact, happy as you may be to discover this, you may become ecstatic to find that you can get all these foreign meats and cheeses thrown onto a home-baked roll and served to you for 700 ISK.
To repeat: foreign meats and cheese, Yndisauki.
Okay, if you’ve got that down, we can move on to foie gras, truffle oil, caviar, black rice vinegar, high-quality olive oil, and olives. The shelves at this deli are stocked with the dozens of items that expats from throughout Europe and beyond force their relatives to mule to Iceland during visits.
Iða, Yndisauki Lækjargata 2a. Phone: 511-8090.
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