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Reykjavík


From horse meat to late night hot dogs, 24-hours of chef-recommended spots in Iceland's capital.

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Reykjavík


From horse meat to late night hot dogs, 24-hours of chef-recommended spots in Iceland's capital.


Photo Credit: Johannes Martin [flickr]

Photo Credit: Johannes Martin [flickr]

Photo Credit: Marcus Hansson [flickr]

Photo Credit: Marcus Hansson [flickr]

By Chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason

The biggest misconception about Iceland is: that it's white and covered in glaciers.

In reality, it's: actually very green during the summer time.

Chef's dining tip: remember that Iceland has some of the freshest and best fish there is. So go for the fish whenever you can.

Photo Credit: Javier Rodríguez [flickr]

Photo Credit: Javier Rodríguez [flickr]

Morning

COFFEE

Reykjavík Roasters
They are absolutely the best.
Kárastígur 1, Reykjavík, Iceland | T: +354.517.5535

BREAKFAST

Grái Kötturinn (The Grey Cat)
It's next to my restaurant Dill, it's super friendly and nice.
Hverfisgata 16, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland | T: +354.551.1544


Late Morning Shopping

Photo Credit: Gregpoo [flickr]

Photo Credit: Gregpoo [flickr]

Kolaportið Flea Market
I come here on weekends. It is smack in the middle of downtown and filled with secondhand stuff and all kinds of food from Iceland.
Tryggvagötu 19, Old Harbour, Grófin, Reykjavík, Iceland
T: +354.562.5030 | 
www.kolaportid.is


Photograph Courtesy of Matur & Drykkur

Photograph Courtesy of Matur & Drykkur

Lunch

Matur & Drykkur 
For lunch, come here and enjoy some local food from chef Gísli ( Matthías Auðunsson) and make sure to end that lunch with freshly fried kleina (pastry) and coffee.
Grandagarður 2, Reykjavík, Iceland | T: +354.571.8877 | www.maturogdrykkur.is


Photograph Courtesy of Mokka

Photograph Courtesy of Mokka

Afternoon Snack

Mokka at Skólavörðustígur
It's the oldest caffe in Reykjavík. The interior has been the same since they opened and it looks amazing. They also serve fantastic waffles on top of everything.
Skólavörðustígur 3A, Reykjavík, Iceland | T: +354.552.1174 | www.mokka.is


Photographs courtesy of Slippbarinn

Photographs courtesy of Slippbarinn

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Pre-Dinner Drinks

Slippbarinn at Icelandair Hotel Marina
Pizza with No Name
Both of those places serve some excellent cocktails in a really nice atmosphere.

Slippbarinn: Mýrargata 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland | T: +354.560.8080 | www.slippbarinn.is/en   
Pizza with No Name:
Verfisgata 12, Reykjavík, Iceland


Dinner

Photograph courtesy of Dill

Photograph courtesy of Dill

Dill | New Nordic Cuisine by Chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason

We try to use what surrounds us and embrace our old traditions in our own way. We allow our ingredients to shine in their own simplicity without all accessories but most importantly we try to have fun while we are at it.

Describe your food and the experience: It's kind of raw and clean. Everything should taste and look of what it is.

We call it the New Nordic because: Rene said so...

Hverfisgata 12 , Reykjavík, Iceland | T: +354.552.1522 | dillrestaurant.is/en

Photograph Courtesy of Sæmundur í Sparifötunum

Photograph Courtesy of Sæmundur í Sparifötunum

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Photograph courtesy of Grillið 

Photograph courtesy of Grillið 

Sæmundur í Sparifötunum at KEX hostel 
The best place for casual good dinner.
Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland | T: +354.561.6060 | www.kexhostel.is/saemundur

Pizza with No Name 
The best for pizza and bar snack.
Hverfisgata 12, Reykjavík, Iceland

Grillið at Hótel Sögu
Come here for fine dining.
Hagatorg, 107 Reykjavik, Iceland | T: +354.525.9960 www.grillid.is


HORSE, WHALE AND PUFFIN

Whale Pepper Steak at Þrír frakkar | Photo Credit: Audry [flickr]

Whale Pepper Steak at Þrír frakkar | Photo Credit: Audry [flickr]

Whale, puffin, shark and horse is considered a delicacy in Iceland. Where's the best place to order them? Well I don't eat fermented shark at all. I just can't and the same goes with whale and puffin, but for another reason, I guess you know why. The horse though is really good. I can understand people look at them as pet and can't eat them, but here in Iceland it's a tradition to do so and it's super good. 

Þrír frakkar 
This is an old school restaurant and very close to the main street of Reykjavík.
Baldursgata, 14, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland | T: +354.552.393 | www.3frakkar.com


LATE NIGHT

Photograph courtesy of Baejarins Beztu Pylsur

Photograph courtesy of Baejarins Beztu Pylsur

Photograph Credit: Jerick Parrone [flickr]

Photograph Credit: Jerick Parrone [flickr]

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
Come here for a late night hot dog.
Open until 2:30am on weekdays and 4:30am on weekends
Tryggvatagata 1, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland | T: +354.511.1566 | bbp.is/en

Souvenirs


Souvenirs


Omnom Chocolate

Chef Guner Karl Gíslason recommends trying and taking home chocolate from Omnom. "It's a very small and young chocolate factory doing some excellent work." 

www.omnomchocolate.com Where To Buy

Birkir & Björk Spirits

Chef Gíslason says,"These are snaps and liquors made out of Icelandic birch trees. The flavor will remind you of a sunny morning in Iceland after a rainy night."

fossdistillery.is | Where To Buy

Saltverk

Icelandic salts that range in flavor from lava to licorice. It's the world’s only artisan salt produced with 100% geothermal energy.

www.saltverk.com | Where To Buy

FED Pro


FED Pro


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Gunnar Karl Gíslason

Chef and owner of Dill in Reykjavik and author of North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland. Known for showcasing indigenous ingredients, many that he forages himself, and harvesting his own sea salt. His cuisine is labeled New Nordic but he uses Icelandic traditions. Prior to opening Dill, he worked in Denmark at Christie’s, Saison, Kommandanten and Ensemble.