So we decided to explore Reykjavik a bit different to normal cities. Usually we would look at the landmarks and go about our day in that sense. With Reykjavik, I wanted to try a different approach. Before we went, I went online and looked at the best places to eat around the city – that were still cheap and cheerful. I mean, Reykjavik is quite an expensive city as most things are imported into the city food wise. So we had a list of places we wanted to try food from and this is what we found! For most of these places I didn’t take pictures of what we ate as I wasn’t a blogger at this time so I’ll use some images from google and point out where they’re from! Enjoy – and hope you get hungry!
So noodle station is exactly what it says on the label! It’s a cosy little restaurant that serves Thai noodle soups –to die for! They were founded by a Thai native who’s secret recipe was passed down by his grandmother. Cute stuff. The noodles either have chicken, beef of vegetable crammed on with a variety of fresh veg and other toppings such as spring onions, fried onions, bean sprouts and other yummy stuff! Although it is a fairly small restaurant, Noodle Station have seating for their customers and they’re not very expensive – you’re looking at around £4-5 for a bowl of goodness. The staff were very friendly, giving their opinion on which flavour was better. If you’re in Rekky, go here! http://noodlestation.is/en/
Supermarket – Bónus
Now I know this is a weird one. It’s not like I’d put Sainsbury’s or Tesco on here when I’m talking about places to eat but you don’t understand! Like I said, Iceland is pretty expensive for us Brits. If you’re going for longer than a few days then finding food whilst out can become seriously painful for your pocket. One lunchtime during our stay we decided to stay in our hotel room as we were going on a night excursion (and yes I mean the Northern lights and ofc I’m going to post about it!!!). Instead of going to town we went to the supermarket outside our hotel, and thought we’d have a picnic style lunch. We picked up loads of different styles of cheeses and meats and sort of had like a mini deli going on in our hotel room. It is a lot cheaper to buy things from the supermarket so if you’re running low its definitely a good option.
This is a restaurant located right outside the famous church – Hallgrimskirkja. It has a seating area upstairs where you can get a great view of the church and enjoy some traditional Icelandic treats. There were all sorts of things on the menu to eat, ranging from fermented fish to Icelandic lamb soup. We went for the soup as I’m not too adventurous with fermented foods yet. We also heard from a lot of people that traditional lamb soup in Iceland is something you can’t go home without trying – they were completely right! It’s so simple to make but the soup itself was incredible, the lamb was so tender and the broth flavourful. Paired with a crusty roll with loads of butter lapped on, and you’re good to go! If I remember correctly it was quite a bit of money for a bowl of soup – especially as it’s always the cheapest thing on the menu in England. http://loki.is/
Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
Now this is the place I’ve been excited about. I had heard so much about this little joint before I went and I was so keen to go and find it. For those of you that haven’t heard of Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur before, it’s a TINY little hotdog stand in the middle of Reykjavik. It doesn’t have seating inside or anything, there are a couple of benches outside but that’s it. Like I said, I’ve heard a lot of good things about this place, even being visited by one of my favourite travel bloggers Liz Carlson – owner of https://youngadventuress.com/ . The line for this little stand is ridiculous, we joined a queue of around 30 odd people to get our hands on these hot dogs. They have fried onions AND raw onions, a special gravy on top and a tweaked mustard so don’t expect your normal ketchup. They were so good we had two each. AND went back at another point in the holiday for another two each. Either we’re super fat or they’re really as good as I’m preaching. No wonder it’s been open since 1937. http://www.bbp.is/information-in-english
So when you’re exploring the Golden Circle in Iceland – which is a must btw! You should grab a bite to eat at the Gullfoss café which is overlooking the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. There’s a large selection of sandwiches and cakes and coffees and other bits and pieces to choose from after trekking around the national park. I had a latte to warm myself up as it was bloody freezing outside! We also both got the Icelandic lamb soup again, I know there was no need to order it twice but when you think you’re developing frostbite and someone offers soup you’d be stupid not to take it. Anyway, the best part is at the Gullfoss café, you can have a free refill of your soup – did I mention free? http://gullfoss.is/cafe/#
There we go guys! Thanks for joining my food tour around Iceland – hope you’re hungry! If you’re planning a trip to Reykjavik I hope you get to try a few of the places I’ve spoken about. Have you been to Iceland? What was the best thing you ate there?