The Reykjavik Food Walk

I'm often asked for suggestions and recommendations of good places to eat in Reykjavik - this a tough one. Because we live here, we don't tend to eat out much. As you can guess, gating out in Iceland can be pricey, well let's be honest, anything in Iceland can be pricey. A year living here and I always suggest the same 3 places: Sea Baron (excellent Lobster soup - the place is small so don't all go at once please) | Noodle Station (a cheaper option for a very good feed) | Fish Market (the real treat - try the taster menu, it's amazing)

So it was time to go explore, try some more delicious local cuisine and discover new restaurants, local shops and food trucks to add to our list of recommendations. We were invited to join The Reykjavik Food Walk and learn all about food in Iceland, and what better way to do this than to head out and taste it all!! 

Starting downtown at Harpa, we met our local guide and proud Icelandic foody, Egill from Wake Up Reykjavik. He started the company with his best mate 3 years ago with the aim of sharing a love of food and his city with visitors. They have now grown to a staff team of around 10 and offerer a range of fun, local walking tours in Reykjavik.

Our group was small, only 9 people plus Egill so we could all chat and get to know each other - we even stayed for a cheeky cocktail together after the tour. 

This will depend on the tour you take and season you visit in. And don't worry - you'll be eating some delicious food, they don't make you try any fermented shark or other sour Þorramatur like Ingimar did when I first moved here...thought you can ask where to try it. Watch: The Icelandic Food Challenge

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1. Íslenski barinn, Ingólfsstræti, 101 Reykjavik

The best way to start the day, a warm bowl of hearty traditional lamb soup (Kjötsúpa) and a glass of Einstök white ale - cheers to new friends and fun experiences

2. Ostabúðin, Skólavörðustígur 8, 101 Reykjavik (Deli)

We were met with a Cheese and Meats board, yum!! Black Gouda, Gullostur and Þorri cheese, and then Icelandic Horse salted with Rosemarie and Thyme, Fennel Cured Lamb, and Smoked Goose dipped in a Raspberry and Champagne Jam. And, a little square of Chocolate Cake for the road.

3. Café Loki, Lokastígur 28, 101 Reykjavík

We had some homemade Rye Bread Ice Cream (made from a secret family recipe). Strangely yummy!! This place is run by a very creative couple - the guy is a photographer and the woman is a textile designers so make sure to check our their work in the cafe and its shop. The cafe faces Hallgrímskirkja.

4. Skyr

in the park on route to the pond (I can't get enough of it).

5. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, Tryggvatagata 1, 101 Reykjavík

A hot dog "with everything" at the famous Icelandic hot dog stand where Bill Clinton visited, and you can see his picture hanging inside. 

6. Sægreifinn (Seabaron), Geirsgata 8, 101 Reykjavík

A bowl of authentic lobster soup and chunky bread. 

7. Apotek, Austurstræti 16, 101 Reykjavík

To end a wonderful day we ate a dessert of White Chocolate cake with Mango Sorbet...and maybe a little cocktail too!!

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We met at Harpa for our walking tour...

1. Íslenski barinn

2. Ostabúðin (the Deli)

A look at Hallgrimskirkja

3. Café Loki

Through the back street to look at street art

4. Skyr break in the park by the pond

5. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (the hot dog stand)

6. Sægreifinn (Seabaron)

Through the back street to look at street art

7. Apotek

The restaurants we visited were all in downtown Reykjavik so easy to find and walk to. The walk started at Harpa and went up to Hallgrimskirkja, from there we wandered some of the back streets spotting murals and graffiti, and the arty little army of solders and action figures on street signs. There was a good mixture of casual, fine dining and cosy family run places - some we already knew and others were local hangouts we hadn't yet tried but will be going back to for sure. 

what's your favourite place to eat in Reykjavik?

so, what did we think?

I highly recommend this tour, not only because you get to just spend 4 hours eating delicious food but it’s the perfect way to explore Reykjavik and get a good taste for what the Icelandic cuisine has to offer.
— Sonia
I loved the tour - great guide, great food, great company and a few nice surprises, even for a local boy.
— Ingimar

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