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Reykjavík Food Hall Guide

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The Icelandic restaurant scene has somewhat changed over the years, with the popularity of food halls having increased vastly in the past years. The first food hall was opened in Reykjavík in 2017 in Hlemmur Square, and since its opening, many more have emerged. Most of Iceland’s food halls are located in Reykjavík and surrounding areas. However, a few can be found outside of the city.

The vibrant spaces of the food halls bring together a diverse assembly of local and international flavours, where multiple restaurants and bars are clustered in a large open area, each with its own kitchen. Many offer their own seating area by their bar; however, the food halls have large sharing-style seating areas. By bringing together different food cultures and cuisines, the food halls of Iceland offer a lively atmosphere where most should be able to find food or beverages to their liking.

A crowd in Hlemmur Food Hall Reykjavík
Photo: Golli – Hlemmur food hall in Reykjavík

 

Food Halls in the Reykjavík Area

There are seven food halls in Reykjavík and the surrounding area, each offering different restaurants and cuisines. Below, you can find information about each of the food halls in Iceland.

 

Hlemmur Food Hall 

As stated above, Hlemmur food hall was the first to open in Iceland in 2017, located at Laugavegur street. The food hall houses seven vendors, offering a wide range of items, including tacos, Icelandic lamb, ice cream, pizza, and more. Here, you can visit Hlemmur food hall’s website and read further about the available restaurants.

Hlemmur Food Hall Entrance
Photo: Golli – Hlemmur Food Hall

 

Pósthús Food Hall

Pósthús food hall is Iceland’s most recent one, which opened in November 2022 at Pósthússtræti Street. The food hall offers food and drinks from nine different vendors, where you can find Korean, Italian, and French restaurants, amongst others. Visit Pósthús food halls website here and read more about the available cuisines.

 

Hafnartorg Gallery

The Hafnartorg food hall, or Hafnartorg Gallery, was opened shortly before Pósthús food hall and located at Geirsgata street. Hafnartorg square has become a hub for different shops and services, so visitors can take a stroll around shops such as the well-known 66 North or COS before or after enjoying their meal. Visit Hafnartorg Gallery’s website here to read more about the available restaurants and shops.

 

Grandi Food Hall

Grandi Food Hall was the second one to open, after Hlemmur food hall and is located at Grandagarður street, by Reykavík’s fishing harbour. The concept of the Grandi food hall is more of a street food one, unlike the other food halls, and was, therefore, Iceland’s first street food spot. Grandi food hall offers seven different restaurants where visitors can, for example, find real Icelandic fish and chips.

 

Borg29 Food Hall

Borg29 food hall is located on Borgartún street, formerly an industrial and business area but has now become an area of shops, services and restaurants. The food hall offers nine different restaurants, which can be seen further on the Borg29 website here.

 

Kúmen Food Hall

Located in Iceland’s second largest shopping mall, Kringlan is Kúmen food hall. This food hall is, out of all, the most casual one and is a perfect stop to stop once you are browsing Kringlan’s shops. Kúmen is located on the mall’s third floor.

 

Höfði Food Hall

Mathöll Höfða, or Höfði food hall, is located at Bíldshöfði street a bit outside of Reykjavík’s central area. The food hall offers ten different restaurants, amongst others, Indian, Italian and Mexican. 

A waiter holding two dishes in Hlemmur Food Hall
Photo: Golli

 

What Food is a Must Try in Iceland?

Icelandic must-try foods are dishes made from lamb and fish, which are widely available and immensely popular among both locals and tourists and are, therefore, a must-try. Those dishes could, for instance, be lamb soup, which can be found at Fjárhúsið Restaurant at Hlemmur food hall, or fish and chips, which can be found at Frystihúsið Restaurant at Grandi food hall. 

Another Icelandic must-try are the hot dogs found at the stand Bæjarins Bestu in Reykjavík’s city centre. Other Icelandic classics are foods such as sweet rye bread, flatbread skyr and smoked lamb (hangikjöt), which can all be found at local supermarkets. See here Iceland Review’s article on the Icelandic flatbread, or flatkökur. 

Other foods that are a must-try in Iceland, however, only for the courageous, are fermented shark (Hákarl), dried fish (Harðfiskur) or a sheep’s head (Svið). See here Iceland Review’s article on Nordic dishes served at Icelandic Þorrablót festival. 

 

What Food is Available in Reykjavik?

In Iceland, a wide array of cuisines worldwide is available, making it easy to find good food. Therefore, visitors can find Chinese, Italian and Mexican cuisine in addition to many other types of food offered in Reykjavík city.

 

Do you Tip in Iceland?

Tipping is not customary in Iceland and is, therefore, not expected when visiting restaurants or bars. Many bills will already include a service or gratuity fee and, therefore, it is not mandatory to tip. 

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