Ragnar Eiriksson

In a past life, Ragnar Eiriksson was at the helm of Dill, Iceland’s first Michelin-starred restaurant and an operation that zeroed in on the obscure ingredients and food traditions of North Iceland. Today, his focus is on Vinstukan, a small Reykjavik wine bar serving natural wines alongside tapas-style plates. When he’s not running Vinstukan, these are the places you’ll find Eiriksson in the Icelandic capital.

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Have A Chat With The Locals

For a super local experience, go to Kaffivagnin, a coffeehouse by the harbour where the old fishermen meet up in the morning to talk about the weather and pretty much everything else.

The Original And The Best (Burger)

Burger spot Tommi’s is a long-time favourite. It was around in the 80s, but re-opened a few years ago and has now exploded onto the international scene with locations in Copenhagen and London. The original is here in Reykjavik by the harbour in the old office of the harbour master.

Local Cuisine With A Twist

At Skál! the food is simple but full of flavour. It serves a beef tartare dressed with a local cold-pressed rapeseed oil that is a favourite with a glass of a naturally fermented gamay from Beaujolais. It’s also in a cool spot inside the Hlemmur food hall that was built in the 60s and served as a bus terminal for many decades.

Beers In The Biscuit Factory That Once Was

KEX is a gastropub and a hostel in an old biscuit factory. It’s my daughter’s favourite place to go for lunch on the weekend since it’s spacious enough for her to run around. It helps that the food is also very good, and they have a large selection of beers.

Look For My Man Siggi In The Yellow-Overalls

When industry friends come to visit, I take them to Kolaportid fleamarket (it’s open weekends from 11:00-17:00). I also go there frequently to scout for vintage LPs. There is a food market inside with all sorts of weird traditional food, and the producers are usually more than happy to give curious visitors a little taste. Look for my man Siggi from Depla, he is usually found in the central booth wearing yellow-overalls, and he is happy to share his stash of fermented shark and whale blubber – only for the brave ones. I am afraid it is too much for me.

A Food Hall Fit For A Family Outing

Another great food hall is Grandi, located by the old harbour with loads of nice places to eat (KORE being my favourite).  If I am in the area for a little Sunday outing with the family, we find ourselves often sitting in there for a while since it’s kid friendly. 

Every City Needs A Good Pizzeria

Flatey has the best pizza in town… nothing more to add to that fact.

Late-Night Tapas And Cocktails

Mat Bar is a lovely little owner-operated bar serving tapas, wine and amazing cocktails. The menu changes quite frequently, but I always start with the flatbread that is cooked over open fire – it’s fucking awesome. Then I just let them take charge and send me what they want, and it’s always good. I like being handed rows of food and drinks, and since I am basically a glutton with an attention deficit disorder, I like not having to think about food for a couple of hours after a busy week. Their kitchen is open until 11pm, so it’s also a great spot for a late-night snack.

The Best Bars in Reykjavik

Vitabar serve burgers that, admittedly are probably not the best in town, but I absolutely love the place for how much of a dive it is. Session Craft Bar is my favourite place for craft beer. Refreshingly, it looks more like an 80’s discotheque more than your usual geeky beer-bar. I head to Vedur for late night cocktails.

Come And Say Hi At My Natural Wine Bar

My friend Oli (a sommelier) and I recently opened Vinstukan, a wine bar in downtown Reykjavik. In a selfish way, it’s a bar designed to be exactly the kind of bar we would like to go to ourselves. ln only one month we’ve transformed a location that housed a failing Vietnamese restaurant into a very cute and cozy bar – and we were lucky that our business partner Bragi has some construction know-how. The wine list is not too big to start (with around 40-50 listings) and has a big emphasis on natural wine and wines from smaller producers. The food is simple; small plates served fast and full of flavour.

Guide Last Updated August 2019

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