Eat Your Way Through Reykjavík in Only 24 Hours
Iceland may be the land of waterfalls and geysers, but that's only if you have time on your side. With Icelandair's free stopover (hang in Iceland on your way between the U.S./Canada and Europe at no additional cost), you can take 24 hours to explore this beautiful country's capital before you get to your final destination. It's one layover we highly recommend.
However, with such little time, making sure you get the most out of your adventure is key. That's why when it comes to eating, having a clear plan is highly recommended. Luckily for you, Reykjavík is packed with some of the most incredible bakeries and restaurants in the whole country, so you make the rounds without losing time in transit. Here's a clear breakdown of how you can fit as much food as possible into 24 hours in Reykjavík.
8 a.m.: Sandholt Bakery
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One of the oldest bakeries in Iceland, this family-owned establishment is known for making some of the best bread in the entire country. Its toasted sourdough served alongside eggs is the only way to start your day. Just don't ignore the pistachio Danish. On your way out the door, pick up sandwiches to go if you're heading inland for the day.
10 a.m.: Braud & Co Bakery
This tiny bakery always has a line out the door, and there is a good reason why: Its croissants and pastries are truly spectacular. But the reason you have to go so early is because this is when the bakers put out their cinnamon rolls. Unlike the ones in America, these cinnamon rolls are made of a rich dough similar to a Danish but with a cinnamon streusel baked on top. This will probably be the single best thing you have in Iceland.
Noon: Baejarins Beztu Pylsur
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You've probably heard that you need to try an Icelandic hot dog. Well, this is the place to do it. Rated one of the best food stands in Europe by The Guardian, these guys have been slinging dogs, which are made with beef, pork and lamb, from their small stand since 1937. Order yours with the works, which includes ketchup, sweet mustard, fried onions, raw onions and sweet relish.
2 p.m.: Omnom Chocolate Factory
Did you know Iceland makes some of the best chocolate in Europe? Every day at 2, Omnom Chocolate gives its factory tour, where you see its bean-to-bar process. Obviously, the highlight is that you get to try all of the flavors, like its spiced milk chocolate and caramelized white chocolate with licorice.
4 p.m.: Reykjavík Roasters
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With all this eating, you'll need a caffeine pick-me-up. Get an espresso or latte at the best coffee shop in Iceland, Reykjavík Roasters. Sampling green coffee beans from all over the world, the team roasts the beans right in the front of the shop before grinding and brewing. You're likely to make more than one stop here on your trip, even if it's only for a day.
6 p.m.: Micro Bar
Pregame at Iceland's coolest microbrewery and try some of the amazing beers made both in Iceland and around Europe. Everything from local IPAs to unfiltered beers fill the menu, so you're sure to find something you'll love.
8 p.m.: Dill Restaurant
This is the first and only Michelin-starred restaurant in Iceland. Innovative dishes using local ingredients shine: Think boiled-down seawater used for its salt to go with the bread and butter. Or dishes like smoked fish with a potato and skyr (Icelandic yogurt) purée and braised brisket with pickled angelica root—just a few examples of the courses on this constantly changing tasting menu.
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