For a small city, Reykjavik has a lot of dining options and, financial crisis or no, it seems that new ones continue to spring up while the best of the old favorites are kept in business by tourists and loyal locals. While it can be tough to stomach the thought of paying the high prices at some places, every visitor to Reykjavik should eat out at least once. If you’re on a smaller budget, you can still sample some of the country’s delicious cuisine – fresh seafood, salty whale, the unique Icelandic hot dog, or even more adventurous offerings.
Dining on a budget
Despite the proliferation of upscale, expensive places to dine on local specialties, it’s fairly easy to search out more affordable places to dine in Reykjavik. Eating well on a budget here doesn’t have to mean subsisting on nothing but Icelandic hot dogs either – though they’re so good, that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.
Going all out
If you’ve got the krona to burn, you can spend it on an unforgettable meal in Reykjavik. For an appetizer, two entrees, dessert and bottle of wine, expect to pay anywhere from 20,000 to 25,000 ISK at the chicest places in town.
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Whether you choose to spend big or conserve your funds, you can sample some of the traditional foods and local specialties of Iceland. From the exotic whale, horse, or puffin to the more familiar hot dogs and grilled lamb, there’s something for every palate.
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