Eating in Iceland is not cheap, leaving the Pylsur (hot dogs) or large supermarkets, the economic effort is quite large.
Here we are going to list the places where we ate throughout the country, to try to spend “little” and eat well.
Several times we ate at the KFC franchise, which is safe and is the cheapest, but not the best. A bucket of chicken for two people is around 3,000 ISK (€20). If you like McDonald or Burger King, forget it, in Iceland there are none.
Something that surprised us about Iceland is that all the restaurants we visited have vegan options, even fast food franchises.
1. Reykjavik Fish
To eat a good fish & chips and try a delicious traditional Plokkari. They also have fish soup and some burgers.
They have a fairly small menu, making the choice easy.
There are two places in the city, one at Tryggvagata 8 and the other at Frakkastígur 12. You can eat for around €17 per person.
2. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
It is a hot dog stand famous because former US President Bill Clinton ate one and said it was the best he had ever tasted.
The queue is huge. We were around 30 minutes. Standard price and good hot dogs, but nothing to get excited about. One more tourist tour to do.
They have several stalls but the original one is on Tryggvagata 1. The price of the pylsur is 600 ISK (€3.90).
3. Papa’s Restaurant
This is a family restaurant located in the city of Grindavik, on the Reykjanes peninsula.
Pizzas, burgers, fish & chips and that style of food. A little of everything. Very well priced, very good food and very good service.
From about €20 per person.
Address: Hafnargata 7a, 240 Grindavik, Iceland.
4. Restaurant Geysir Glíma
Restaurant located in the tourist complex of Geysir, in the Golden Circle. Quite a variety of food at a very good price. Most of it located in hot beds from which they serve you directly.
Everything was very rich.
Price from between €15 and €20 per person.
Adress: 8M5X+Q44, 806, Iceland.
Small restaurant in Vík í Mýrdal with some traditional Icelandic dishes, as well as burgers, sandwiches and, special mention, cakes. Very cozy atmosphere, with very good service and very reasonable price. From about €20 per person.
Adress: Víkurbraut 28, 870 Vík, Iceland.
6. Heimahumar «Local Langoustine» Truck
A food truck in the Jökulsárlón lake parking lot. Warm lobster bisque, pylsur and lobster sandwiches. Very good price.
Prices from €4.25 for a pylsur to €13 for a lobster sandwich.
Address: on the side of the Jökulsárlón lake car park.
7. Fish and Chips Lake Mývatn
Small fish & chip shop located next to a large Verslun supermarket. The fish & chips were a bit regular (the least good we ate) and quite expensive.
The price of the portion is €17.60. The small €13.
Adress: Hraunvegur 8, 660 Skútustaðahreppur, Iceland.
At the entrance to the city of Hólmavík, there is a supermarket from the Krambúðin chain. Next to it is this restaurant-cafeteria called Veitingasala, which offers pylsur, hamburgers and little else.
Simple and quite cheap. There’s nothing wrong.
Price from around €15 per person.
Adress: Höfðatún 4 510, 510 Hólmavík, Iceland.
9. Edinborg Bistro
Nice restaurant-pub in Ísafjörður that offers fish of the day, some pasta and meat. It’s not cheap but it’s really good.
Price around €25 per person.
Adress: Aðalstræti 7, 400 Ísafjörður, Iceland.
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It is a pizza-burger restaurant located in the city of Búðardalur, at the exit of the Westfjords. Great pizzas and delicious salads. They also have meat dishes.
Very good service and reasonable prices.
Prices from €12 for the cheapest hamburger to €22 for the lamb dish.
Adress: 465M+XQQ, Dalbraut, 370 Búðardalur, Iceland.
11. Harbour Cafe
Located in the city of Grundarfjörður, a small and cozy place where they serve pizzas, pasta and some traditional dishes. Do not persecute the plokkari.
Price: about €20/23 per person.
Adress: Nesvegur, 350 Grundarfjörður, Iceland.
12. Agnið streetfood
A small food truck located in the car park of the Snæfellsnes Visitor Center. Tasty burgers and great sandwiches. And at a great price; about €15 per person.
Adress: Breiðabliki, 342 Stykkishólmur, Iceland.
If you want to eat even cheaper, you will always have supermarkets. The cheapest are the Bónus and Krónan.
You will find both throughout the Icelandic geography.
Here we leave you a map with the restaurants in which we ate those days:
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