Throughout the last few years, Iceland’s dining options have increased dramatically. With the expansion of fine dining restaurants as well as local bars and cafes, Iceland offers an array of food options for everyone.
The same progression has also been happening for vegan food, appealing to a much wider range of people from all around the world. Today, there are hardly any dining establishments in Iceland that don't offer vegan options on the menu. Whether you are a dedicated vegan or simply wish to try something different, here are some of the best vegan restaurants in Iceland.
Situated inside Gaukurinn, Veganaes is waiting to challenge your perception of vegan food. Created by two local vegans, Veganaes is quickly becoming the most popular vegan spot in Reykjavik. The menu only offers vegan-friendly dishes, but it’s safe to say they don't just offer salads. Head chef, Linnea Hellstrom, claims that the restaurant is certainly not health-food, and instead is deliciously tasty comfort food. One of the most popular dishes on the menu includes their famous spicy seitanic burger. Veganaes offers diners a number of handcrafted dishes, enough to satisfy even the stubbornest of meat-eaters. If you're travelling Iceland and wish to taste some of the best vegan food around, Veganaes is the place to visit.
Burro is definitely one of the more exciting places to dine in Reykjavik. The menu boasts an array of Mexican tapas style dishes, with vegan and vegetarian options labelled. Although Burro is more of a fine dining experience, this is a great place to eat if you are looking for something a little different. If you are travelling with a group, try calling up and checking if you can get the six course vegan menu. Every dish at Burro is meticulously prepared and bursting with spicy flavours. This is definitely the place to visit if you want to give yourself a treat.
Feel like enjoying delicious vegan food in a high-class restaurant? Bryggjan Brugghus offers just that, and whatsmore, a brilliant seaside view is included. The menu at this restaurant is well labelled, and on Sundays a brilliant live jazz performance is held. Some of the popular dishes include a vegan pate, vegan club sandwich and a beautiful risotto. Also enjoy a taste of some of their tasty craft beers!
Kriska is a family friendly diner, offering an ever-changing menu of healthy cuisine. The vegan courses at Kruska are always labelled which is useful. Simply select all the available salads as vegan, and the staff will hold the chicken and dairy dressings. All of the food is prepared fresh to order, and diners are welcomed with a generous supply of bread and hummus. If you're hungry and looking for generous portions, Kruska is the restaurant for you!
The Bike Cave is a family-run business, and has a menu consisting of just about anything you can dream of. You’ll find a great selection of vegan burgers, sandwiches and rolls, as well as a variety of fries and dips. Not only does the Bike Cave offer a nice selection of comforting dishes, the food is also very well priced. After a long day of venturing the Icelandic landscapes and hunting the Northern Lights, this is the place to visit for a well-earned hearty vegan meal.
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