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Le Kock

Burger aficionados must make the pilgrimage to Le Kock. Run by three of the best chefs in the city, this joint has elevated the patty to an art form. Everything is homemade, from the potato buns to the vegetables which come straight from the trio’s family farms. The short trip outside the city centre is definitely worth it – don’t leave without trying the game-changing doughnuts.

Hlemmur Matholl

The old bus station in the centre of Reykjavík has been given a new lease of life and converted into a food hall where 10 of Iceland’s best restaurants have stalls. Sit down at one of the communal wooden tables and try everything on offer from the best baked goods from Braud og Co, to Vietnamese Banh Mi. The firm favourite, however, is the lobster sandwich from Rabbar Barinn – you’ll definitely be getting seconds.

Ostabudin

You can’t beat Ostabudin for a cosy and local vibe. This restaurant-cum-deli is the place to try Icelandic home cooking like goose meatballs and mash. The fish is always the freshest available too. The shop specialises Icelandic cheese which makes for a perfect souvenir.

Kaffi Vinyl

Reykjavik isn’t known for its vegan food, but Kaffi Vinyl is bucking that trend via delicious plant-based burgers and sandwiches. Beer is on tap making this a great place to linger and soak up the relaxed atmosphere. Classically hip, the café doubles as a record shop and hosts regular DJ nights and acoustic sets.

Skubb

Not many people know that Icelanders love ice-cream – it’s very much part of the culture – the word “ísbíltúr” means “drive for ice cream”. Skubb is the best in Reykjavík, a small ice-cream parlour where everything is homemade. They have interesting and unusual flavours like “bad brownie” and cater for vegans with some great non-dairy options too.

ÓX

This 11-seat restaurant has become Reykjavík’s most sought after dining experience, described as a “journey” rather than a meal, in which guests watch and interact with the chef throughout. The food on offer is Icelandic with a twist and diners eat the set menu together around the same table. Dinner starts at 7PM and reservations are essential.

Fish Company

For a fine-dining experience where fish takes centre stage, head to Fish Company, a relaxed restaurant located in an old Zimsen house. The influences behind the dishes are eclectic – the menu is full of traditional Icelandic flavours as well as tastes from around the world, such as Fiji and Venezuela.

Holt

Although Holt is located in a historic and grand hotel, the restaurant is all about challenging expectations, offering an exciting menu and wine list from some of the best chefs in the city. Expect unusual flavour combinations and an unforgettable meal.

Le Kock

Hlemmur Matholl

Ostabudin

Kaffi Vinyl

Skubb

Fish Company

Holt

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