Welcome to my personal vegan food guide to Iceland.
Reykjavík, Iceland is one of my favorite cities in the world.
Traditionally, and unfortunately, Icelanders have been known for eating very, very adorable animals like lamb, whale, and puffin, but it's actually not hard at all to find tons of delicious vegan and vegetarian food in Iceland. There are lots of fresh and healthy foods available using local and organic ingredients, everything from traditional Icelandic comfort foods like hearty soups to more international fare like burgers and pizzas, to decadent treats like chocolate brownies and snickers bars!
So, where do I eat in Iceland? Here are some of my favorites.
Reykjavik's only strictly vegetarian restaurant, Gardurinn is located down a quiet street with a welcoming and calming dining space. Everything is made fresh daily so their menu only offers a few options, like a soup and a main course (check out the stuffed pepper and lentils). Everything is amazingly delicious. Also makes vegan desserts like snickers, coffee balls and chocolate brownies. More.
A local restaurant with multiple locations, Glo focuses on local and organic foods. They have an assortment of vegan foods you can choose from and create a meal combination, like soups, sandwiches, salads and even make their own beverages, too. More here.
This adorable little hamburger joint is decorated with a retro Americana rockabilly style. Traditionally serves meat burgers, but they do have a great vegan burger that is a super tasty fried vegetable patty. The chefs are great; tell them you're vegan, and they'll skip the cheese and mayo and throw on extra veggies. This burger doesn't even need any extra condiments because it's amazing. More here.
French fries and beer joint with a very yummy vegan sauce called Hnetan, which is a vegan cashew cheese base with a sweet and salty satay peanut flavor. Order your fries and beer at the counter and then wait for your name to be called for your cone of goodness!
This ultra-hip restaurant is the place to go for healthy fresh food, including several vegan options and a very delicious vegan pizza. They have a very melty and gooey vegan mozzarella that is just heaven. The staff are very vegan-friendly. Also has multiple locations.
This is a popular local bakery and coffeehouse. I love this place because it's so inviting and warm. They have soymilk for creamy vegan lattes and cappuccinos, they make many breads, pastries, baked goods and have chocolates galore. Selections vary on what's vegan so ask at the counter. Also multiple locations in Reykjavik and Mosfellsbær.
Not specific to Reykjavik, but still worth a mention. If you want a warm vegan meal that's pretty darn easy on the budget, a quick drive out to Ikea will get you a giant plate of their hearty vegan meatballs. And, of course, it has all the traditional Scandinavian foods for sale, but this one also makes freshly-baked treats, has fresh produce for sale, and a nice selection of beer and wine in the restaurant.