Crepe from Eldur and Is | Credit: Keryn Means
Where to eat in Reykjavík with kids
Reykjavík’s center has enough dining options to satisfy most taste buds. Hot dogs, pizza, pasta, sushi, crepes and ice cream are typically offered — even puffin and whale at times. Keep in mind that food is extremely expensive in Iceland. Here are a few good spots to fill up without emptying your wallet.
Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur: No, fermented shark is not the national food of Iceland, it's hot dogs. Taxi drivers, kids looking for a snack, and parents looking for a cheap meal to satisfy their picky eaters can’t go wrong with Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, a dog hot spot in central Reykjavík that's been operating since 1937. Hot dogs cost under US$4 and condiments include ketchup, sweet mustard, fried onion, and raw onion and remoulade, a mayonnaise-based sauce flavored with sweet relish.
Svarta Kaffi: Climb the steps up to this small shop for a pint, soup in a bread bowl, salad and/or a ham sandwich. Located on the main drag through town, there are two soup options a day and you are welcome to take a peek (and sniff) of each before you decide. Staff is quick, friendly and doesn't bat an eye when you show up with your two wet kids on a rainy day.
Italia: If you are craving Italian, this is a cozy spot that serves up pizza and pasta for moderate prices. Reservations may be necessary on Friday and Saturday night if you want to eat after 7 p.m., but they will still try to accommodate you if you show up.
10–11: This small grocery store chain (similar to a 7-ELEVEN) has locations, including one in the center, that is open 24 hours a day. Grab a snack after your Northern Lights tour, load up on milk and yogurt for the kids, and pick up some chocolate to take home.
Eldur & Is: Just off the main drag, this ice cream and crepe shop is an easy stop for hungry families when bellies are empty and nap time or bed time is quickly approaching. Cheap savory or sweet crepes will fill up the family, while mom and dad can refuel with hot coffee. Ice cream is also available when an extra treat is in order.