It is a fact that Iceland is not famous for the traditional vegetarian food. However, there is a growing tendency to have either vegetarian restaurants or restaurants with vegan options. We have decided to make a list of options for restaurants and grocery stores that offer such options.
Vegetarian Food in Reykjavik:
Cafe Gardurinn (or the ecstasy’s heart garden) is located in the center on Klappastigur 37. This is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant with different daily dishes, desserts and drinks. You can see the menu of the day on their website to check what they are offering!
A few minutes walking from the city center, you will find Súpubarinn (on Borgartún 26). This is an all vegetarian restaurant open from 11:00- 15:00 (not a dinner option). At Súpubarinn you will find soups and salads from fresh ingredients. This soup place is located right next to the office, so it’s a perfect stop after meeting with us!
In the heart of the city (Laugavegur 20) as well as the nearby town of Kopavogur, you will find Gló. It offers vegan, raw and gluten free dishes with vegan salads every day. Apart from offering such choices, Gló is also environmentally concerned with using environmentally friendly products. In the selection of dishes, you will find vegetarian and vegan options.
Nearby the port of Reykjavik, a lot of restaurants offer lunch with a sea view. One of them is called Bryggjan Brugghus and offers vegetarian and vegan options in the menu. Those options include a couple of sandwich entrees and appetizers. You can visit it on Grandagarður 8.
On Hverfisgata 33, you will find Kryddlegin Hjortu. This restaurant serves meat, but there are many vegetarian and vegan options. Ask the staff about the vegan dressings as well. For a fixed price, you have unlimited soup and salad bar access!
In most restaurants in Reykjavik, you will find a vegetarian option on the menu. That helps if your fellow travelers would like to try some meat dish. You do not have to limit yourself to just specific restaurants!
Shopping vegetarian food in Reykjavik:
If you would rather prepare your own meals, there are appropriate products in every store. Although there are no all vegetarian super markets, you will find a selection of vegan products. The most popular among the supermarkets is Bonus, mostly for the prices and the many stores around the country. Additionally, you have Hagkaup, Krónan, Nettó and Viðir. Viðir offers fresh fruit and vegetables. You will find there a long list of healthy options, more than the rest of the stores.
To get an idea of the options when it comes to buying the products, the Icelandic Vegan & Vegetarian Society has published this list of all available products!
Restaurants in Iceland:
In the center of Akureyri, on Hafnarstaeti 107b, you will find café Ilmur. There are vegan and vegetarian options available such as falafels, a salad bar and more.
In Simstodin Café on the same street, there’s always an option for vegetarians as well gluten-free every day including sandwiches, cakes and smoothies.
Although outside of Reykjavik the selection is more limited, many places offer vegetarian options. Even if not, many of them will happily to prepare something off the menu for you!
Posted in March 2017