Like the smell of bacon in the morning? Here are three places to go to for a robust breakfast in Reykjavík.
Grái kötturinn on Hverfisgata 16a is a small basement place (café would obviously not be the right word here) opposite the Culture House. It’s run by Hulda Hákon and Jón Óskar who like all proper artists used to live in New York, and missed the vigorous American breakfast when they moved back home. You can connect the dots from there: the sumptuous pancakes come with bacon and syrup, and the coffee is guaranteed to wake up the dead — which, given that they open very early on weekends, some of their stay-up-late clients may actually resemble. Pictures on Flickr
Prikið on Bankastræti 12 is also a serious contender in the cholesterol competition, with a menu that the chefs at Grái kötturinn must take as a particularly sincere form of flattery, and warm 50s interior that basically calls for a portion of eggs, bacon
and a filter-free cigarette. Open on weekdays from 8 in the morning till 1 after midnight, Prikið doubles (or should that be triples?) as a pretty good bar-slash-club on weekends, staying open until 5.30 in the morning. So do give them a break if they don’t open till 12 on Saturdays and Sundays. Pictures on Flickr | Website
Hamborgarabúllan (literally, “the Hamburger Joint”) at Geirsgata 1 may admittedly not be recommended by nine out of ten doctors as a breakfast establishment, but we can verify that under certain circumstances their offerings can be most beneficial. Trust us on this. Pictures on Flickr | Website
Previously on our User’s Guide to Reykjavík Restaurants: The Vegetarian Edition