In the last decade, food halls rapidly gained popularity all around Europe. And even though they have also been popular in other Nordic countries for a while now, until a couple years back, there were none in Iceland. But times are changing, and Reykjavík is now home to not just one, but four modern food halls! The food halls have proven to be a great success and are popular hangouts among locals and visitors alike. Are you in the mood for street food, then make sure to stop by Reykjavík’s food halls!
Hlemmur Food Hall
Hlemmur Food Hall is Reykjavík’s first food hall. Even though it opened just a couple years back, it’s difficult to imagine Hlemmur square without it. The food hall attracts a fun crowd and especially during lunchtime, it’s booming with customers. On sunny days, people enjoy their food and beverages outside. With Neapolitan pizza, LA-style tacos, Danish sandwiches, fresh soups, Vietnamese cuisine, gourmet burgers, and specialties from the in 2019 Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded Skál, there’s something for everybody!
Grandi Food Hall
At Grandi Food Hall, people are encouraged to try different dishes from several food stands, instead of picking just one meal at one restaurant. Next to food, Grandi Food Hall focuses on events, reflecting big festivals and holidays that are celebrated in Reykjavík, whether it’s Iceland Airwaves or the Icelandic National Day. Also, recently, a brand-new fresh fish market has opened on the premises. What’s more, Grandi Food Hall is the perfect meeting point for people who want to discover the harbour area, filled with boutique shops, ice cream parlours, and museums.
Höfði Food Hall
Since early 2019, Höfði Mathöll houses nine diverse food stalls. Specialties from many parts of the world are on offer, including Italian, Indian, Mexican, and of course Icelandic food. Culiacan, Hipstur, Svangi Mangi, Íslenska flatbakan, Wok On, The Gastro Truck, Beljandi, Sætir snúðar, and Indican are the vendors that sell their delicious food and drinks. You find Höfði Mathöll on a 15-minute drive from downtown Reykjavík at Bíldshöfði 9, and it’s open seven days a week!
Kringlan Food Hall
Shopping mall Kringlan expanded its food court in 2019 and now has its very own stylish food hall section. Five popular food trucks are running their business there. Fjárhúsið offers lamb-based Icelandic cuisine, Kore serves Korean street food, Jömm has vegan fast food on the menu (try their doughnut!), Tókýó Sushi offers fresh sushi, and Halab Kebab sells kebab and falafel wraps. While Fjárhúsið, Kore, and Tókýó Sushi are also found at different locations, Jömm and Halab Kebab are exclusively located at Kringlan Food Hall.
Enjoy eating out at one of Reykjavík’s food halls!