Roz Crowley

Food, wine, travel, music

Iceland warms up food offerings

To read my article on Iceland’s food development and interesting people producing delicious treats in the Sunday Times, see

There wasn’t room for everything I wrote so here is a list of the cafés and restaurants I have enjoyed over the last five visits. I hope to add more after the August one.And some more pics by Arna Runarsdottir. Mouthwatering chocolate. Warming bread and pastries. And the best buns in town.

Restaurants and cafés

Dill Restaurant Consistently voted the best restaurant in Iceland, it has just been awarded Iceland’s first Michelin star. All Nordic ingredients form a three, five or seven course dinner menu. Lunch is simpler.

Kol Restaurant Trendy, upmarket with contemporary take on traditional foods. Try the fruits de mer.

Matur og Drykkur Good taster menu – trad goes mad in this former salt fish factory. Received 2017 Michelin Bib Gourmand.

The Coocoos Nest Casual, arty resto with varied modern mix of food cooked by a Californian. Go almost next door to Valdis for liquorice and many other flavours of icecream

Geiri Smart in Canopy Hotel Creative, modern food in smart setting. Expensive to stay, but wonderfully luxurious.

Kaffihus Vesturbaejar Great coffee and brunches. Mid priced. 20 minute walk from city centre.

Borðið  Opened since my last visit in November, this upmarket deli/café is the new kid on the block and already getting rave reviews from locals. 20 mins from centre.

Slippbarinn in Icelandair Marina Hotel Sunday lunch good. Café has good coffee. Lots of action, especially during the annual Iceland Airwaves music festival in November.

Reykjavik Roasters Excellent coffee, biscuits and cakes.

Pallett in Hafnarfjöður Vegetarian sausage rolls, soups, excellent coffee, hot chocolate and mocha.

Von Mathús in Hafnarfjöður Reasonably priced food. Fresh ingredients, locally sourced

Gló Chunky organic salads. Bring home liquorice powder to make ice-cream 

Saemunder at Kex Hostel Good pub to have a burger – not cheap but worth it. A former biscuit factory, hot spot music venue. Have a haircut while there in a room off the bar!

Kaffi Krús In Selfoss in the south, good, solid hearty food for the journey along the south coast or after a hike to Hveragerdi hot springs and waterfall closeby

Mosfellsbakari Good cakes 15 mins drive south west from Reykjavik.


Noodle station

Hot dog stand

Hamborgarbúllan Hamburgers on a budget

Vinyl for vegans Read about it here:

Cheapest food can be bought at Bonus supermarkets dotted around the city

Wow airlines fly direct to Reykjavik ex Dublin, and from May ex Cork.

Wow and Icelandair fly to Reykjavik ex London Heathrow and Gatwick


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