So, Food Halls in Reykjavik. We’ve told you that Icelanders are a bit of a fad nation. If something becomes cool, everyone must have it.

And one of the newest fads is food halls. In 2017, the first food hall in Iceland opened in Hlemmur. And since then, 7 others have opened, and more are planned. You might wonder if there are enough people for all those food halls; who knows? At least at the moment, it seems there is, thanks to you and other travelers that come to Iceland.

Pósthús

Photo: Pósthús

Pósthús, or Post Office, is one of the newest food halls in Reykjavik. The name is straightforward; the house used to be the post office and was built as such in the 1910s. It is on the corner of Austurstræti (East Street) and Pósthúststræti (Post Office Street). Even if it isn’t named after this particular post office, it shows that this street has been the home of a post office almost from the beginning.

The restaurants in Pósthús food hall are:

  • Funky Bhangra – Indian food
  • Pizza Popolare – pizzeria
  • Djúsí Sushi by Sushi Social – Japanese food
  • Enoteca – Italian-themed restaurant
  • Fuku Mama – Asian Grill
  • Yuzu – hamburgers
  • Finsen – French bistro
  • Mossley – Tacos, and wings
  • Drykk – Cocktails and more

Address:
Pósthússtræti 5, 101 Reykjavik

Opening Hours:
Every day 11:30 – 22:00

Hafnartorg Gallery

Photo: Hafnartorg Gallery

Situated in a brand new area in town, nestled between the Edition Hotel, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, the new Landsbankinn bank headquarters, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The restaurants are on the fancier side, and this food hall offers a selection of food and drinks from all over the world.

The restaurants in Hafnartorg Gallery are:

  • Akur – French restaurant
  • Black Dragon – Fusion of French and Asian cuisine
  • Brand – Wine and Grill bar
  • Fuego – Real Mexican Tacos
  • Kualua – Poké Bar
  • La Trattoria – Italian restaurant and wine bar
  • Maikai – Açai bowls and coffee
  • Neó – New York Pizza

Address:
Geirsgata 17, 101 Reykjavik

Opening hours:
Mon-Wed 11:30 – 22:00, Thu 11:30 – 23:00, Fri 11:30 – 00:00, Sat 12:00 – 00:00, Sun 12:00 – 22:00

Vera

Photo: Vera

In the University of Iceland area, not far from the downtown area of Reykjavik, is another food hall called Vera. The grounds have grown a lot in recent years. Apart from the University, the National Museum of Iceland is there, deCode, the Nordic House, and the building Vera is in Gróska – Creative Community. Gróska means growth and houses prominent companies such as CCP, which has its headquarters there. Gróska is a house of ideas and is thought of as a melting pot of innovation.

The restaurants in Vera are:

  • Stund – Breakfast such as acai bowls, boost, and porridge
  • PFC Pünk Fried Chicken – Spicy chicken
  • Natalía Napoletana – Napoli Pizzeria
  • Bang Bang! – Southeast Asian food
  • Mikki Refur coffee and wine – Coffee house and wine bar.
  • Caliente – Mexican quesedillas
  • Fura – European food with a Scandinavian twist

Address:
Bjargargata 1, 102 Reykjavik

Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 08:00 – 23:00, Fri 08:00 – 23:00, Sat 10:00 – 23:00, Sun 10:00 – 22:00

Borg29

Photo: Borg29

In the so-called “financial district” of Reykjavik is another food hall. It opened in 2021 and has been one of the most popular food halls since then. It is a cozy place and is very popular for grabbing lunch since there are quite a few offices around.

The restaurants in Borg29 are:

  • Bál – Steaks and more
  • Hipstur – fish, vegetables, vegan. Food from scratch.
  • Natalía Napoletana – Naples Pizza
  • Pronto Pasta – Fresh pasta
  • Umami sushi – Sushi
  • Yuzu – Hamburgers
  • Wok On – Stir fry

Address:
Borgartún 29, 105 Reykjavik

Opening hours:
Mon- Thu 11:00 – 22:00, Fri 11:00 – 23:00, Sat 12:00 – 23:00, Sun 12:00 – 22:00

Hlemmur Mathöll

food halls in Reykjavik, Hlemmur mathöll
Photo: Hlemmur Mathöll

Hlemmur Mathöll, or Food Hall, was the first one to open. It opened in 2017 in a house built as a bus station. But even if the house doesn’t serve that purpose anymore, the buses still stop around the square.
Hlemmur has played an essential part in Reykjavik’s history as it was a stop on the route to the washing pools in Laugardalur. A cistern was created for horses when the Reykjavik Water Supply was established in the early 1900s. This was also one of the main routes out of Reykjavik. Reykjavik’s Gas Station was in the area as well. But alas, now it is a food hall. Some feel it is the best of the food halls in Reykjavik as it was the first one.

The restaurants in Hlemmur Mathöll are:

  • Tivoli – Coffee & smørrebrød
  • Flatey Pizza Napoletana – Pizzeria
  • Bánh mi – Vietnamese street food
  • Skál! – Interesting dishes made from local Icelandic ingredients
  • Kröst Grill and Wine Bar – relaxed grill and wine bar
  • Fjárhúsið – Icelandic meat used in various ways
  • Fuego – Real Mexican Tacos
  • Gaeta – Real Italian Gelato

Address:
Laugavegur 107, 105 Reykjavik

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 08:00 – 22:00, Sat-Sun 10:00 – 22:00

Grandi Mathöll

food halls in reykjavik, grandi mathöll
Photo: Grandi Mathöll

In Grandi, one of the more hip areas in town, you will find Grandi Mathöll. The Reykjavik Maritime Museum, Whale Museum, Fly Over Iceland, Noztra Ceramic Painting, The Living Art Museum, Omnom chocolate, and various restaurants and shops in Grandi are worth the visit.

The restaurants in Grandi Mathöll are:

  • Annapurna Asian Spices – Asian food
  • Fjárhúsið – Icelandic meat used in various ways
  • Frystihúsið – Fish, and chips
  • Kore – Korean street food
  • Pastagerðin Granda – Fresh pasta
  • The Gastro Truck – Chicken, vegetable, and vegan burgers
  • Umami Sushi + Bar – Sushi

Address:
Grandagarður 16, 101 Reykjavik

Opening hours:
Every day 11:00 – 21:00

Mathöll Höfða

food halls in reykjavik, mathöll höfða
Photo: Mathöll Höfða

This food hall is out of the beaten track and not the easiest to get to if you are not driving. It is a great place to stop, however, if you are going out of town or coming back.

The restaurants at Mathöll Höfða are:

  • Culiacan – Fresh Mexican Food
  • Talay’s Pizza – Pizzeria
  • Tandoori Palace – Indian “homecooked” food
  • Beef and Buns – Hamburgers
  • Pokeskálin – Poké bowls
  • Skipperinn – Fish, and Chips
  • Gaeta – Real Italian Gelato
  • Wok On – Stir fry
  • Pastagerðin – Fresh pasta
  • Gastro Truck – Chicken, vegetable, and vegan burgers

Address:
Bíldshöfði 9, 110 Reykjavik

Opening hours:
Every day 11:30 – 21:00

The Greenhouse

greenhouse, gróðurhúsið, hveragerði
Photo: The Greenhouse

If you are traveling out of the city and going to South Iceland, we recommend you stop in Hveragerði. It is the first town you hit after leaving Reykjavik and is delightful. Known for its geothermal activity, you can hike to Reykjadalur or hit the swimming pool, which is among the favorite of many Icelanders. Geothermal energy is also used to heat up greenhouses to grow flowers. this is obviously not one of the food halls in Reykjavik, but we couldn’t skip it.

The food hall in Hveragerði is aptly called The Greenhouse. The restaurants you will find there are:

  • Taco vagninn – Tacos
  • Hipstur – fish, vegetables, vegan. Food from scratch.
  • PFC Pünk Fried Chicken – Spicy chicken
  • Yuzu – Hamburgers
  • Wok On – Stir Fry
  • Bongó – delicious soft ice, scoops, and ice cream
  • The Greenhouse Café – café and sandwiches
  • Nýlendubarinn – Cocktail bar

Address:
Austurmörk 6, 810 Hveragerði

Opening hours:
Every day 08:00 – 22:00

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