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April 3, 2011 12:55 PM   Subscribe

I'm about to leave for Reykjavik for a week. Any great restaurants or shops I have to check out?
posted by captainscared to Travel & Transportation around Reykjavik, Iceland (11 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
Tapas Barrin

I had the icelandic feast, which was absolutely perfect. I substituted kangaroo for the sea-bass since I figured I could eat sea-bass elsewhere.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 1:20 PM on April 3, 2011


I'm not a big seafood fan, so I wouldn't label any of the restaurants I ate at in Iceland was "must eat at."

That being said, Tabasco is a pretty solid Mexican restaurant in the heart of Reykjavik. This place (http://www.anaestugrosum.is/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=40) has a really great vegetarian buffet and is quite affordable.
posted by VT@MU at 2:27 PM on April 3, 2011


Yeah, Á næstu grösum is really nice. The Noodle Station makes good noodle soup and is cheap. As for shopping, I recommend ambling up and down Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur, looking into stores that interest you. It's hard to name any specific stores unless you say what kind of stuff you're interested in.

If you do like seafood, then you'll be in heaven. There's tons of great seafood restaurants. In fact, I can't think of a bad one.

And hey, if you just want some pizza, Gamla smiðjan (on the corner of Lækjargata and Skólabrú) and Hornið (corner of Pósthússtræti and Hafnargata) both have really good pizza (the latter is sit down, the former is more of a pizza joint).
posted by Kattullus at 2:46 PM on April 3, 2011


I the tasting menu and wine pairings at Fish Market a lot. Great cocktails, too.

Don't forget to get a eina með öllu at the best hot dog stand in Europe.
posted by halogen at 4:39 PM on April 3, 2011


Liked. I liked.
posted by halogen at 4:40 PM on April 3, 2011


Oh, forgot to mention...if you are there on Saturday, they have a pretty big flea market inside a pavillion. It has some kinda kitschy stuff, but some cool stuff too.

However, I can't remember where it is exactly. You can probably ask any staff member in your hostel/hotel and they can point you in the right direction. Enjoy Iceland!
posted by VT@MU at 5:19 PM on April 3, 2011


The hot dog stand Bæjarins beztu is at the corner of Pósthússtræti and Tryggvagata. The flea market, called Kolaportið (which is inside a building, not a pavillion) is kitty corner from Bæjarins beztu (though you have have to walk around the building to get to an entrance).
posted by Kattullus at 9:59 PM on April 3, 2011


Oh, and Café Haïti is not far, which has very good coffee, is not far. Walk to the end of Tryggvagata, away from downtown. It curves and meets another street. Cross that street, go left and you should see Café Haïti very soon. There are a series of blue-green houses, it's in one of them.

The other best place to get coffee is Kaffismiðjan, which is on the corner of Kárastígur and Frakkastígur. It is in between Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur, so it's a nice place to alight in if you're checking out shops. Most coffeeplaces in Reykjavík are at the very least decent, and generally the pastry is very good (and bakeries in Iceland are of very high quality).
posted by Kattullus at 10:23 PM on April 3, 2011


I actually liked the Icelandish Barrin the best. it was more 'icelandic'

I ate at Fish Market and thought it was a bit shit. - well it was alright - but expensive and a little too ambitious. the flavours were a bit messy or something.

There are a bunch of really nice cafes though. up on the hill near the big church is a cafe on a corner that does a really good coffee (a flat white even i think).
posted by mary8nne at 6:28 AM on April 4, 2011


I didn't much care for Bæjarins beztu, but the hot dogs at the gas station chain that has fried onions (N1, I think...) were lovely. I could use a few now...
posted by QIbHom at 11:31 AM on April 4, 2011


I would kill for Nonnabiti Curry Sub right now. It's been way too long since my last one.
posted by smcniven at 11:35 AM on April 4, 2011


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