Well-crafted cocktails and world-class seafood are the order of the day in Iceland’s sophisticated capital where the bars are open until the early hours and highly quality and seasonal produce are at the heart of every menu.
WHERE TO EAT
Geiri Smart Restaurant
Quality produce is what sets the pace at Geiri Smart, the signature restaurant at Canopy by Hilton hotel. Menus change constantly according to available ingredients and the wine list is second to none, making it one of Reykjavik’s most innovative dining experiences.
If you want to taste the future of Icelandic cuisine then DILL is one of Reykjavik’s cult culinary hotspots. Chef Gunnar Karl Gislason and sommelier Olafur Orn Olafasson are crafting New Nordic plates that change weekly and with the seasons paired with delicious matching wines.
The Coocoo’s Nest
Locals head to The Coocoo’s Nest for the city’s best brunch, tucked away amid Grandagardur’s hip boutiques. Its first come, first serve, so get there early to grab a stool at the wooden bar and order the egg Florentine with blue cheese sauce.
WHERE TO DRINK
Cosy nooks splashed with tartan and industrial lighting give this trendy Reykjavik bar an urban edge. An edit of the best craft beers and cocktails await you behind the bar, while the music provides the soundtrack to a night out on the tiles.
Mikkeler & Friends
Reykjavik’s craft beer scene is growing all the time. Many beeline to Micro Bar for a taste of Icelandic brews, but this micro-brewery is where you’ll find the best buzz after dark. Stylish locals start with pizza downstairs.
Overlooking the quaint Old Harbour is this funky bar where indoor fire pits and colourful interiors set the tone. Expert mixologists serve Basil Gimlets and other creative concoctions while you tuck into sharing plates and soak up live music and jazz.