Svarta Kaffið - This is the coziest cafe that has one of the best and simplest restaurant models…bread bowl soups and beer only. They usual offer one meat soup and one veggie soup which makes for the perfect lunch or dinner after spending the day exploring the city!
Café Babalú - Close to the Hallgrimskirjka chruch. Stop in for lunch or an afternoon tea.
Íslenski Barinn - The best place to get traditional Icelandic food like whale, shark, puffin or an Icelandic pancake!
Egill Jacobsen Kitchen & Bar - If you are craving a burger then this place has a great one. Really great fries and chocolate shakes too!
Cafe Paris - Our favorite brunch places, but they also serve a really good dinner as well! We recommend the full English breakfast.
Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur - The famous Icelandic hot dog stand. You HAVE to try one of these! The Icelandic sweet mustard and crispy fried onion toppings are insanely good and it’ll be the cheapest lunch of your trip.
Reykjavik Coffee Roasters - Cozy coffee shop popular with the locals that makes for a perfect place to warm up during a day of sight-seeing and shopping.
ON THE WAY TO SKÓGAFOSS
Gamla fjósið - Stop at this cute little cafe after visiting Seljalandsfoss for unlimited soup or a burger made with meat from their farm.
Restaurant Sudur Vik - Easily the best restaurant in Vik. It is located in an old home and serves up food that the entire family will love.
Smiðjan Brugghús - Brewpub that has big burgers and they have 10 different Icelandic beers on tap.
(TOWN BETWEEN THE JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON AND FÁSKRÚÐSFJÖRÐUR)
Pakkhús Restaurant - The small fishing village of Hofn is known as the “Langoustine Capital of Iceland” and there’s no better restaurant to try them than at Pakkhús. If you like lobster or really any seafood then you absolutely HAVE to stop here. We’ve tried tons of seafood with our relatives on the US coast and we’ve been to tropical destinations, but these Langoustines were the best we have EVER had. The restaurant is also located right on the dock and you can actually see the boat that brings in the Langoustines every single day!
Cafe Sumarlina - The only restaurant in Fáskrúðsfjörður. This place has great pizza, soups and sandwiches. We ate here for lunch and dinner.
Note: This restaurant is very small, maybe a total of 4-5 tables. If you are traveling during high season we would recommend calling ahead to make a dinner reservation.
Nordic Restaurant - Great place to stop in for lunch and it’s really cute and quaint place as well.
Fun Fact: This restaurant can be seen in the movie Walter Mitty.
Naustið - If you LOVE seafood this place is amazing!! They have a couple non-seafood options as well for people who don’t like fish, but their specialty is fish and they do it very well.
Gamli Baukur - Very good restaurant in the form of an old fishing cabin right off the dock. They serve some incredibly warm and delicious soups that are perfect after a day of whale watching. It is only open during the summer so if you come outside that time period it sadly might be closed.
Salka Restaurant - This is a very popular restaurant for lunch and dinner so reservations are recommended. They will have the best variety of food for you or your family.
NOTE: Husavik is the premier destination for whale watching so it can become a crowded town at times and there are literally about 3-4 restaurants to choose from so reservations for dinner are a MUST.
Kaffi Ilmur - Cute little yellow house on a hill serving a very delicious breakfast in a cozy atmosphere! They also have some great looking pies if you need an afternoon snack.
Bryggjan - PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA. A must in Akureyri.
Bláa Kannan Café - This is located in a beautiful old blue building right in the heart of Akureyri. It has a very unique and cozy atmosphere inside and almost feels like you’re in a treehouse. It’s a great place for lunch or a cup of warm coffee tea.
Fjöruhúsið Café - If you are staying at the Fosshotel Hellnar then follow the footpath down towards the water and you will find this sweet little cafe built into the side of the hill overlooking the water.
Note: They are only open for breakfast and inside space is limited but there is outside seating if it isn’t too cold.