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The best lunch in Reykjavík

By Staff

  • Bergsson RE Located in the Grandi area by the old Reykjavík harbour. See more below. Photo/Bergsson RE

You’re on holiday. You awaken after a long, nice lie-in, feeling completely rested but a little peckish and you begin to wonder: Where could I go for the perfect lunch?
Well, you’re in luck! With the assistance of four local gastronomists we’ve compiled a list of some of the capital’s best lunches.

 

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Snaps Also a very good dinner spot. Photo/Snaps

Snaps
"An excellent restaurant with great atmosphere whether it's for brunch, lunch or late night dinner. The beef fillet is a special favourite of mine and Snaps has the best chips in Iceland. The duck salad is also very fresh and leaves you wanting more."
Sindri Snær

"The omelette with camembert is the best in town. It’s necessary to order the pancakes with caramelised apples and cinnamon after."
Álfrún Pálsdóttir
Where: Þórsgata 1, 101 Reykjavík

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Haninn Or the Rouster in English. Photo/Haninn

Haninn 
"Haninn is one of Reykjavík‘s best kept secrets. I always feel like I‘m abroad when I‘m there. There‘s often a long queue out the door when I arrive at lunch time, and I think most of the customers are regulars. I always order the same thing: “Lemon and herb chicken” with a side salad. The lemon mixture they marinate the chicken in is incredibly tasty. And the salad is honest and simple. This is the only eatery I don’t mind getting served Iceberg lettuce because arugula just wouldn’t mix with the atmosphere. Lastly, let’s not forget the free coffee they’ll serve you for dessert."
Diljá Ámundadóttir
Where: Suðurlandsbraut 46, 108 Reykjavík

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Slippbarinn At the excellent Hotel Marina. Photo/Hotel Marina

Slippbarinn at Hotel Marina 
"The extensive lunch buffet at Slippbarinn leaves you spoilt for choice and you’re certain to leave the place satisfied and with a full belly."
Álfrún Pálsdóttir
Where: Mýrargata 2, 101 Reykjavík

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Hraðlestin The Indian food chain has four locations in the capital area. Photo/Hraðlestin

Hraðlestin 
"Fast, cheap, delicious and Indian. And you can grab a whole bottle of water for the table (not too common in Reykjavík). Hraðlestin has everything I look for in a lunch place, plus delicious sweet potato fries. Even the music is continuously great in that place."
Atli Fannar
Where: Hverfisgata 64a and Lækjargata 8, 101 Reykjavík, Kringlan shopping mall, 103 Reykjavík, Hlíðasmári 8, 201 Kópavogur.

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Coocoos Nest Located in the Grandi area. Photo/Coocoos Nest

Coocoo’s Nest
"Coocoo's Nest is the perfect place for a cosy Sunday lunch. I recommend the egg’s Florentine accompanied with a good cup of coffee."
Álfrún Pálsdóttir
Where: Grandagarður 23, 107 Reykjavík

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Bergsson RE 

Also located in the Grandi area. Photo/Bergsson RE

Bergsson RE 
"This place opened on Grandi this summer and offers a great selection of good, wholesome dishes. The fish is always fresh and I highly recommend you try the spinach lasagne – I think they make it in taste bud heaven. Bergsson RE also offers a private dining room for those who wish to organise secret lunch meetings, and the panoramic view of the harbour is fantastic."
Diljá Ámundadóttir
Where: Grandagarður 16, 101 Reykjavík (Bergsson has another branch at Templarasund 3, 101 Reykjavík).

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Vegamót An old timer on the capital's restaurant scene. Photo/Vegamót

Vegamót
"I have to give a shout-out to Vegamót. It’s a long-standing establishment on the capital’s restaurant scene and has weathered all trends. Today’s courses are always a reliable option and the soups are very tasty. I can also recommend dishes like the Louisiana chicken strips and the Vegamót pizza, which are always top notch. The restaurant has managed to maintain a very high level of service over the years."
Sindri Snær
Where: Vegamótastígur 4, 101 Reykjavík

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Block Burger Located of Skólavörðustígur street. Photo/Block Burger

Block Burger
"The new kid in town. I was introduced to the glorious Shake Shack burger in New York City a while ago and I loved every bite of it. Block Burger isn’t quite there, but close! The buns are sweet and the meat is juicy. And you gotta love those double fried fries!"
Atli Fannar
Where: Skólavörðustígur 8, 101 Reykjavík.

Yummi Yummi 
"
Finding a decent dish of Pad Thai in Reykjavík can be difficult. Ban Thai, Nana Thai and Yummi Yummi have managed it, and they’re all owned by the same man. Yummi Yummi has the best bang for the buck if you’re in the mood for noodles and Tommi (the Pad Thai tycoon) simply can’t go wrong."
Atli Fannar
Where: Hverfisgata 123, 105 Reykjavík

Kaffivagninn

Kaffivagninn The café  was founded in 1983 and catered to fishermen who’d drop by for coffee before, during, and after work hours. Photo/Stefán Karlsson

Kaffivagninn
"For those who enjoy a simple home-cooked meal, Kaffivagninn is the spot for you. The interior hasn’t changed much since the 60’s, creating a cosy atmosphere similar to what you’d expect when arriving at granny’s house for dinner. This is a place that has managed to stay true to itself and I hope it’ll continue to stay much the same for years to come."
Diljá Ámundadóttir
Where: Grandagarður 10, 108 Reykjavík

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Gló A local health food chain. Photo/Gló

Gló
"Gló is a great concept and an exceptionally comfortable lunch option.  The menu is ever changing but always comes up trumps. For an athlete like me, the chicken courses are energy-packed and the selection of side salads is great. Gló’s famous Snickers-cake is the crowning stroke. It’s so good and I can’t believe it is healthy."
Sindri Snær
Where: (five locations) Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík, Engjateigur19, 105 Reykjavík, Fákafen 11, 108 Reykjavík, Hæðasmári 6, 201 Kópavogur, Strandgata 34, 220 Hafnarfjörður.

THE PANEL
Atli Fannar Bjarkason, editor in chief of local news and entertainment website Nutiminn.isÁlfrún Pálsdóttir, editor in chief of fashion magazine Glamour IcelandDiljá Ámundadóttir, CEO at PR firm Þetta reddastSindri Snær Jensson, owner of street-wear store Húrra Reykjavík and an Icelandic Premier League football player.

 

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