What are the Best Fast-Food Places in Reykjavik? You might have heard that we do not have a McDonald’s in Iceland, or a Burger King, for that matter. There isn’t a single Starbucks coffee house, either. We used to have the two hamburger places, but one went bankrupt in the 2008 Financial Crash, and Burger King left a short while later. We do have KFC and Subway, though.
However, you might not necessarily want a meal from a world-famous fast food place, but try something Icelandic instead. On our list of the best fast food places in Reykjavik, we have food from all over the world, though, because you can only have so many places that offer only typically Icelandic food.
As the name suggests, Reykjavik Chips place sells various kinds of French fries or chips, as the British call them. But you can also get hamburgers, milkshakes, sweet potatoes, and various drinks.
Situated just off Laugavegur shopping street, this is a great spot to stop on your stroll through downtown Reykjavik.
Vitastígur 10, 101 Reykjavik
Every day 12:00 – 22:00
101 Reykjavik Street Food
On Skólavörðustígur, the other shopping street in Reykjavik, and the one where Hallgrímskirkja church is at the end, you will find 101 Reykjavik Street Food. Here you will not find burgers or milkshakes but Traditional Icelandic Lamp Meat Soup, lobster soup, seafood soup, fish and chips, and more.
Skólavörðustígur 8, 101 Reykjavik
Every day 11:00 – 22:00
But if you want something simple, without much choice, then we highly recommend the hot dog at Bæjarins Beztu hot dog stand. We are, of course, totally unbiased when we say it’s the best hot dog in the world and definitely one of the best fast-food places in Reykjavik. If you get it, ask for one with everything. That way, you will get a hot dog in a bun with fried and raw onions, Icelandic hot dog mustard, ketchup, and remoulade.
But instead of going on your own, we recommend you come with us on the Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour, where you will get a taste of Icelandic food, such as a hot dog.
They are in seven places in Reykjavik, but the best one is in Reykjavik’s center.
Tryggvagata, 101 Reykjavik
Sun-Wed 09:00 – 01:00, Thu 09:00 – 02:00, Fri-Sat 09:00 – 06:00
Tommi’s burger joint
We highly recommend Tommi’s Burger Joint if hamburgers are more your thing. It is at the old harbor, not far from where you would take the boat to go whale watching. The burgers are grilled and juicy. They have a few offers, but the “offer of the century” is the most popular one.
They are in quite a few locations, and even in England, Germany and Denmark as well. Check out their website for further information on locations.
Geirsgata 1, 101 Reykjavik
Every day 11:00 – 21:00
Mandi is owned and operated by Syrians Hlal Jarah and his wife, Iwona. You will not find better shawarma in town. The original restaurant is by Ingólfstorg in downtown Reykjavik and from all our walking tours start. Then there’s Mandi Pizza in Hafnarstræti (one street over) and one in Skeifan, a shopping district about a 10-minute drive from downtown Reykjavik.
If you like their sauces, you will find them in all good grocery stores.
Veltusund 3b, 101 Reykjavik
Faxafen 9, 108 Reykjavik
Hæðasmári 6, 201 Kópavogur
Veltusund (by Ingólfstorg): Sun-Thu 10:00 – 02:00, Fri 11:00 – 05:00, Sat 11:00 – 05:00
Faxafen (Skeifan) and Kópavogur: Mon-Fri 10:00 – 22:00, Sat-Sun 11:00 – 22:00
Noodle Station is great if you are cold, need a pick-me-up, or enjoy a delicious noodle soup. The place is a family restaurant owned by Charin Thaiprasert, a native of Thailand. The recipe comes from Charin’s grandmother and has been in the family for generations. You cannot go wrong with this one.
Laugavegur 103, 101 Reykjavik
Bæjarhraun 4, 220 Hafnarfjörður
Laugavegur: Mon-Fri 11:00 – 22:00, Sat-Sun 12:00 – 22:00
Bæjarhraun: Mon-Fri 11:00 – 20:00, Sat-Sun CLOSED
Devito’s Pizza was opened in 1994 by Devito Alilucio in a shed in the parking lot in front of where they are now housed. They were one of the first Italian pizza places in Reykjavik and the first where you could buy just one slice.
Laugavegur 126, 105 Reykjavik
Mon-Thu 11:00 – 00:00, Fri 11:00 – 01:00, Sat 11:30 – 01:00, Sun 11:30 – 00:00
We don’t want you to believe that we don’t have any healthy options here in Iceland. We do! You could try out Gló, Fresco, or Preppbarinn, but we are going to recommend Local. The salad place sells, well, salads. You can either buy straight from their menu or create your own.
They are in a few locations, such as Kringlan Shopping Mall and the petrol station in Ártúnshöfði, which is a good place to get snacks before you hit the road and travel outside Reykjavik.
Borgartún 25, 105 Reykjavik
Smáralind Shopping Mall, Hagasmári 1, 201 Kópavogur
Reykjavikurvegur 62, 220 Hafnarfjörður
Kringlan Shopping Mall, Kringlan 4-12, 103 Reykjavik
N1 Ártúnshöfði, Ártúnshöfði, 110 Reykjavik
Austurvegur 44, 800 Selfoss
Mon-Sat 11:00 – 21:00, Sun 12:00 – 21:00
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