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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Trek Across Geothermal Landscapes in Reykjavik


2. Where to Eat

Order the famous hot dogs at Bæjarins Beztu (left); sample fusion cuisine at Fish Market (right).  

Line up for a snack at Reykjavik’s most popular restaurant, Bæjarins Bestu (Tryggvagata 101, at Pósthússtræti; no phone), a hot-dog stand made famous by a visit from Bill Clinton. Order a lamb and pork dog “eina med öllu,” (with everything): mustard, ketchup, raw and fried onions, and remoulade ($3).

Taste New Nordic cuisine at the 30-seat Dill (à la carte for lunch; prix fixe dinners start at $60), which opened last year at the Nordic House, a cultural center designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason favors contemporary combinations of local ingredients like smoked Arctic Char with parsnip, seaweed, and rye bread ($35).

Give fusion a try at Asian-Icelandic destination Fish Market. Start off with Minke whale sashimi ($27) before moving on to a monkfish chop ($44) or grilled Kópaskeri lamb ($50). Pair your meal with a signature cocktail like the Wasabi Delight ($17), a combination of small-batch vodka, wasabi, kiwi, and lime.

Published on Nov 11, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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