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Reykjavik Restaurants

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A May 2013 trip to Reykjavik by Joy S

Restaurant Hofnin Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland More Photos
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Vegamot

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We had dinner in this restaurant on our first evening in Reykjavik. We had not really got our bearings in the city, but were looking out for somewhere reasonably priced and this seemed to fit the bill. We actually came upon it quite by chance, as we were heading back to our apartment after an afternoon of sightseeing.The restaurant has a convenient location in the city centre. It is just off the main shopping street which runs all the way down to the harbour. Vegamot is on a street off this called Vegamotastigur. We chose it based on price, so had no idea what to expect when we stepped inside.It is actually more like a bar that serves food than a restaurant - but this was ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 2, 2013

Vegamot
Vegamotastigur 4
Reykjavik, Iceland
5113040

Restaurant Hofnin

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Restaurant | "Hofnin"

Restaurant Hofnin Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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We spent our second day in Iceland exploring and strolling through Reykjavik. We had a walk around the lovely harbour area, so our criteria for choosing a restaurant in the evening were that it should have a harbour view and that it should serve fish.We set off to the harbour area, looked at the menu outside Hofnin and looked no further! It was a superb stroke of luck, the restaurant was charming, the food was delicious and the views were wonderful. We had a lovely evening there.You can't miss this restaurant. It is right in the harbour area, painted a strange shade of green and is close to the whale watching ships. It is located in what was once a fishermen's hut, so that...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2013

Restaurant Hofnin
Geirsgata 7
Reykjavik 101

Eldsmidjan

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Restaurant | "Eldsmidjan Pizza Place"

Eldsmidjan Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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We had spent the whole day driving around the delights of the Golden Circle. Due to a hire car breakdown and a long wait to be rescued, we didn't arrive back in Reykjavik until 10:30 at night - it was still bright daylight, so this helped the situation!We were so hungry, but there was nowhere to eat on the entire return journey from Gullfoss waterfall, when we got back to the city, this was the only restaurant in the vicinity of our apartment which was still open. We noticed this oddity early on in our stay, lots of restaurants in Reykjavik seemed to be closed by 9pm.My husband spotted Eldsmidjan, there was no other option, so we went inside. It would definitely not have bee...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2013

Eldsmidjan
Bragagata 38a
Reykjavik
562-3838

Restaurant 73

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This restaurant is on Laugavegur - the main shopping street in Reykjavik. It was about 5 minutes walk from our apartment on the top end of the street, this was the only reason we chose it. It was a freezing cold, icy and windy evening, so proximity and no requirement to walk a long way were our top criteria.The restaurant looks very unassuming from the outside. Inside it is the same - quite plain, but with a lovely cozy atmosphere. It is quite small, there are not a large number of tables so it might be an idea to book. Also it closes fairly early during the week - around 9:00pm.It is a family owned place and we thought the staff were excellent - attentive without being ov...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2013

Restaurant 73
Laugavegur 73
Reykjavik
555-7373

Cafe Paris

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Attraction

Cafe Paris Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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We were absolutely famished and desperate for food by the time we arrived at Cafe Paris. This was not our first choice of restaurant. We had set out, planning to eat in another place which apparently was a great favourite with the locals. We also saw it was recommended by the chefs Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey and was somewhere they enjoyed while in Reykjavik, so we wanted to give it a go.My husband had been keen to try puffin and I wanted to sample minke whale, so that was another set of criteria to take into account when choosing a restaurant for the evening. We set off to our original choice, it took a lot of walking and a lot of effort to find it, but when we did, it was full. W...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 18, 2013

Cafe Paris
Austurstræti 14
Reykjavik, Iceland 101
+354 551-1020

Great Lunch Spots

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Soup in a roll Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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A few times during our week in Iceland, when we were out and about in the countryside, we brought picnics and lunched al-fresco. However, we also found some great places for inexpensive and tasty lunches in the city.Svarta Kaffi was one of the first great lunch spots we found in Reykjavik - we liked the atmosphere here so much, we visited again on our last full day in the city. It is very easy to find, right on the main shopping street of Laugavegi. It is a lovely little bar overlooking the street below - we found it a great place for people watching. If you get a seat by the window, you could sit for hours, sipping your drink and watching people pass on the street below. We were temp...Read More

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Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom