This family run gourmet Mediterranean-themed restaurant offers a wide selection of lunch and dinner options, in a cozy location a stone’s throw away from downtown Reykjavík.

Nestled in a refurbished fishing hut in the newly-flourishing area of Grandi, The Coocoo’s Nest is a cosy and airy cafe, offering California-casual brunch, lunch, and dinner, with an Italian twist. With large windows and light wood throughout, this is perfect for a lazy Saturday get-together or an afternoon ‘aperitivo’ after work. If you are in that part of town, head over for a warm-up.

Fjarðarborg cultural centre doubles as a restaurant and club in Fjarðarborg, Borgarfjörður, meaning you can get your culture and burgers at the same time.

One of the newest restaurants of 2014, this ale house offers a large selection of ale and a menu consisting of Western, Mediterranian, and Icelandic dishes.

Frederiksen also has a few day-specific offers. On Mondays, guests can ask for the moneypenny offer, only paying 450 ISK per pint if they can guess which side a coin lands on.

On Tuesdays all draft beers cost 450 ISK after 22:00.

On Thursdays shots cost 500 ISK after 22:00, and cocktails 1,000 ISK.

Situated in the Nordic House, Aalto Bistro is named after the Nordic House’s Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto.

One of the main bus interchanges in the suburbs of Reykjavík which also houses a mall, eateries, offices and occasional cultural events.

Grand Hotel Reykjavík is a first-class, four star hotel for business travellers, conference guests and tourists who demand excellent service and facilities.

Grand Hotel Reykjavík is now the largest hotel in Iceland with a total of 312 rooms and 15 meeting and conference
halls, seating anywhere from 6 to 470 people. It is a member of Great Hotels of the World – Premium Collection. The hotel is situated in a quiet area within a short distance from all services, recreation and business centres.

Grand Hotel Reykjavík conforms with the Nordic Ecolabelling criteria for hotels as well has the hotel certified organic products, like the Breakfast Buffet and meeting packages for conferences and groups.

Happ is a fresh and quick restaurant that serves up juices & healthy food in cosy comfort. Located right in the heart of downtown, it breaks up the regular burger-lunch fare with a boost of energy and vitality.

A restaurant at the harbour of Húsavík, which offers not just the fresh local seafood and a la carte meals, but also good entertainment upstairs.

Hannesarholt is a cultural center, located in the historic home of the late Hannes Hafstein, Iceland’s first Minister of State and a beloved poet. Hannesarholt is a non-profit organization founded by individuals hoping to create a place of nurturing and reclaiming of cultural roots, in a fast changing society. A café is located on the first floor and facilities are rented out for meetings, courses, lectures, chamber music, concerts and other enriching gatherings on all four floors.


Hannesarholt offers a glance into the formative years of Reykjavik in a 12 minute documentary and a guided walking tour, in english, through historical trails. Lunch will be offered following the tour.  Mon – Fri at 9.45 – 11.30 am.

Price IKR. 5000 (tour and film), IKR. 7500 (lunch included)


Weekly concerts will be held in Hljóðberg, the new lecture- and musichall in Hannesarholt.  A journey through the Icelandic music heritage will be lead by a local pianist and singer, Kristján Hrannar, with an emphasis on the local jazz scene of the fifties and sixties. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in some of the singing, since English translations will be provided for a part of the program, sung in both Icelandic and English.  Duration of the concert is 30-40 minutes. Every monday at 17.00 pm.

Price IKR 2500

Akureyri Backpackers is the brother of Reykjavík Backpackers hostel, just located in the northern city of Akureyri. They don’t offer just accommodation but you can also get a nice cup of coffee and snacks from their café as well.

Búrið – The Icelandic Pantry – A quirky cheese shop in central Reykjavík! Búrið hosts a fine selection of cheeses from around the world, alongside jams, meats, olives, chutneys, and other tasty complements.

The shop is also home to the “Cheese School,” which offers periodic classes and workshops for everyone from the casual consumer to the full-time “curd nerd.”