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Happy Campers Travel Blog | July 22, 2019

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Finding Reykjavik’s Best Restaurants

Finding Reykjavik’s Best Restaurants
Thorsteinn Sverrisson (Thor)
People are generally pleasantly surprised by the number of high-quality restaurants when visiting Iceland, and rightly so. Just like with most other per capita statistic, we rank very high when it comes to the number of good restaurants. We might have fewer fast food restaurants (there is no McDonald’s in Iceland, for example) but I have my own theories why that is so; Icelanders don’t go out to eat very often, but when they do, they want to go somewhere nice where the food is exceptional.
So, when walking around the city center, it’s not difficult to find a great restaurant nearby. There are a bunch of restaurants on and around Laugavegur as well as on the harbor.  However, as a local who doesn’t live or work downtown, I rarely go to those restaurants. I would rather go somewhere a little outside the city center, where things are a little more relaxed and you don’t have to pay for parking. But people who aren’t familiar with Reykjavík might never be aware of those restaurants at all, which is a shame! That’s why I’m giving you a local’s tip: If you’ve already walked Laugavegur and want to eat somewhere else, try walking/driving the less tourist-y Suðurlandsbraut. There you’ll find many casual, yet really good restaurants worth checking out.
My favorite is called Lemon and is located at Suðurlandsbraut 4. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the decor is raw, yet stylish. More importantly, their sandwiches are fresh and delicious. If you’re into freshly squeezed juices or smoothies they will not disappoint there either. They are not the cheapest, but for the quality of food, the price is fair. A large sandwich is ISK 1290.- and a large smoothie is ISK 990.-. My favorite is the buried salmon sandwich. Trust me, it tastes much better than it sounds! 🙂
The “buried” Salmon Sandwich
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