With its quirky coffeehouse atmosphere, The Laundromat Café offers a range of goods including delicious desserts, healthy juices and coffees. It features an extensive library of around 6000 books, which customers can enjoy in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. Food portions are well sized and reasonably priced, with breakfast and brunch items, as well as sandwiches and burgers on offer. Guests rave about the restaurant’s homemade pancakes and chocolate cake.
Snaps Bistro is located in the quiet, picturesque neighborhood of Skolavorduholt, home to many coffeehouses and the soaring spire of the Hallgrimskirkja church, which offers a stunning panoramic view of the city from its observation tower. Snaps offers a range of French brasserie-style dishes such as moules marinières, prepared with mussels harvested at Breidafjordur and French onion soup made with Icelandic Isbui cheese.
One of Iceland’s greatest gifts to the table is Nephrops norvegicus, more commonly called the langoustine, a diminutive lobster cousin that dwells in the North Sea. The port of Höfn in eastern Iceland is the Nordic langoustine capital, but whenever these plump little shellfish land on menus in Reykjavik, it’s worth the splurge. Slippbarinn, facing the harbor’s dry docks, is a hipster hangout straight out of the Ace Hotel playbook: random vintage decor, DJ turntable, craft cocktails.
The entrance to this hidden bistro bar is unmarked, except for a small brass plate on the townhouse door, accessed by a flight of steps from the street. The bartenders make perfect Manhattans in the main wood-paneled bar while microbrews are on tap in the attic brewpub. And while wood-fired pizza is on the menu, more Nordic options include salted cod with herb cream and rye bread and a charcuterie platter heavy on cuts of cured lamb that will knock your knitted wool socks off.