Reykjavik Harbour offers more and more possibilities when it comes to dining, shopping, and sightseeing. Whether you want to grab a quick lunch, go for a stylish dinner or just pop in for coffee on your way to the Maritime Museum, the harbour can meet your needs.
Two iconic dining options by the harbour are ‘The Sea Baron’ (Sægreifinn) and ‘Tómas’s Burger Joint’ (Hamborgarabúlla Tómasar).
The Sea Baron is renowned for its lobster soup, but also serves other dishes including whale kebab. It began as a simple fish shop a decade ago. Tourists often popped in as they explored the harbour area and owner Kjartan Halldórsson found himself asked so often about how various fish tasted, that he began cooking soups and grilling kebabs for them – he hasn’t looked back since.
Although ‘Tómas’s Burger Joint’ only opened in 2004, it’s owner and namesake, Tómas Tómasson, has been in the restaurant business for more than three decades. Apart from consistently excellent burgers (and believe me, I’ve had a few!) the Burger Joint has an excellent atmosphere. The building is strangely shaped, perched on a corner with panelled windows and decorated inside with hipster Americana, sometimes children’s drawings, fairy lights on the ceiling, and an array of almost matching bar stools. You can also watch the burgers being made – and any restaurant with the kitchen in full view gets points in my book.
Other dining options include: Cafe Haiti, about the only cafe in town that does a good dark roast coffee, with delicious cakes too; Tapas, featuring Icelandic seafood tapas and great views across the harbour as you eat; Sushismidjan sushi restaurant and take away; and Höfnin (The Harbour) restaurant, specialising in fish such as butter fried redfish, salted cod, or oven baked charr.
Yep, it’s easy to reel in something tasty at the harbour!