Sushi Social in Reykjavik

Sushi Social restaurant Reykjavik

We loved dining at Sushi Social

On one Saturday night we decided to treat our husbands to a good dinner in Reykjavik.  We chose Sushi Social and ordered a table for 8pm – when we arrived a little early our table was ready and we ordered prosecco which we drank while we looked at the menu. There was so much to choose from! At the end we all chose “Simply the Best Menu” at least this way things were chosen for us and we would get the best, and oh boy did we!
The whole experience was wonderful, the service was great and the food delicious.
One of us has a food allergy and that was no problem to solve.

 

Unfortunately we did not get a photo of the desert it disappeared as soon as it hit our table!

 

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We love Ice cream

Ummmmmm – Ice Cream

ÍSBUÐ VESTURBÆJAR


We Icelanders loveIce Cream.  Winter, spring, summer of fall it does not matter.

Ice Cream is an all year treat, no matter how cold it is outside it is always time for Ice Cream

We wanted to share a few of our favourite Ice Cream places around Reykjavik

Our all time favourite is Ísbúð Vesturbæjar.

Here you get to choose from the “old” ice cream or the “new” Icecream

The “old” ice cream is more watery and colder and the “new” ice cream is more creamy.

Personally we love the “old” ice cream. 

They also serve a good variety of dippings, chocolate, luxurious chocolate, caramel and liquorice

and on top of the dippings you can have all kind of curls, coconut, rice crispies, liquorice etc

You can also try a “Bragðarefur” Tastefox if you translate it, here you can mix ice cream with fruits and sweets and it is blended together.
It is very common to go for Ice cream after the the swimming pool, ( Vesturbæjarsundlaug)


Ísbúð Vesturbæjar
Hagamelur 67, Reykjavik open: Mo-Su: 13:00-23:30WEST END ICE CREAM

    

An other one of our favourite is Valdís down by the harbour VALDIS ICECREAM

Valdís offer various flavours of Ice cream and also the regular soft ice cream.
They have Gelato and Sorbet that is made right there in the shop.

They also have some delicious Vegan Ice cream

Valdís, Grandagarði 21, 101 Reykjavík

 

The colourful Old Reykjavík Harbour is fast becoming a new boom area of the city and a lively centre of activities and attractions.

 

 

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more central is Eldur og Ís or Fire and Ice ELDUR OG ÍS

Located on Skólavörðustígur  they have soft ice cream and also Crepes with Ice cream, and you can get the crepes Gluten free also. Organic coffee, crépes, boozt bar and ice cream place with a cozy atmosphere in central Reykjavík city

Eldur og Ís, Skólavörðustígur 2 , Reykjavík
FIRE AND ICEELDUR OG ÍS ICE CREAM

Best Coffee places in Reykjavik

Ummmm Coffee.

I love coffee and I meet my friends for coffee at least 3-5 times early on weekdays mornings.  It is a great way to start the day in, in good company and over a great steaming cup of coffee.

 

We usually meet at Kaffi Tár, they have great coffee and free wifi. The one on Bankastræti, in the centre always has a reserved table for about 10 older guys that meet there every morning and have lively conversations about what is happening to our country.

I order a soya latte in a glass-  i don´know why but I find that it tastes much better in a glass, or maybe i just want to see my coffee??

But Kaffi Tár is not the only good coffee house in Reykjavik, here are some of my other favourite coffee places:

 

Kaffitár: has high quality coffee which is ethically sourced and roasted in Iceland. Good toast and bagels. Free WiFi. Location: Bankastræti

 

Mokka: one of the oldest coffee houses in Reykjavik, it opened in 1958 and introduced espresso to Reykjavik, there are usually interesting art work hanging on the walls as well. Location: Skólavörðustígur

 

Reykjavik Roasters: this is an interesting coffee place with excellent deluxe coffee, cozy atmosphere and decorated with old mis matched chairs and tables. The coffee is roasted on site and bought straight from Columbian and Nicaraguans farmers.  Location: Kárastígur 1

 

Cafe Haiti: by the old harbour is a favourite by many locals. Elda the owner is from Haiti and imports her own beans that are roasted fresh every morning. Free WiFi. Location: Old Harbour

 

Cafe Babalu: it is on two floors and with a big terrace/ balcony which is one of the best quality of Babalu where you can enjoy the sunny days in a good company, lots of boardgames to be played also. The place is cute and original. Free Wifi. Location: Skólavörðustígur

 

C is for Cookie– has fine coffee and a really good cheese cake and a really good carrot cake and a really good chocolate cake, Ok, all the cakes are really good there! Free WiFi. Location: Týsgata

 

Kaffihús Vesturbæjar ( West end coffee house ) – just across the street from the the swimming pool Vesturbæjarlaug.  They mostly use the coffee from Reykjavik Roasters, they have a good menu, great burgers, both vegetarian and not. Vinyl records playing and a very warm and comfortable atmosphere. Free WiFi. Location: Holtsgata

 

Tíu Dropar: (Ten Drops)  a lovely little coffee house on Laugavegur, it has great ambiance. Good coffee and cakes or wine and cheese 🙂 Located in the basement and there for often passed by a small hidden gem in plain view.
Location: Laugavegur

 

Coffee came first to Iceland around 1760 and was not so wide spread.
in 1760 we imported 20kg of coffee, in 1779 it was up to 1,600 kg, in 1994 we imported 1976 tons of coffee and in 2011 it was 2.213 tons.
I think it is safe to say that we drink and enjoy a lot of coffee.

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Golden Circle add-ons

One weekend Kata and I took our families for a Sunday drive, and realized that this would be an excellent add on to the Golden Circle.
Usually people go from Reykjavik to Thingvellir and from there to Geysir and then Gullfoss, but on the way there are many more things to do : )

We went to the petting zoo Slakki in Laugarás, near Skálholt, it is great for kids, there you can touch and hold all the animals, dogs, cats, rabbits, ducks, chicks, and more, they even have a baby seal they rescued, so cute!
There is also included in the price mini golf – they have a small coffee shop where you can get coffee and waffles and also some food.

Next we went to Mika – in Reykholt, because we had heard about the delicious home made chocolate they do there, we bought a box and were not disappointed.  If you are interested you can to the River Jet from there.

We had lunch at Garðheimar. Garðheimar is a tomato plantation and also has a horse show. We loved the Tomato soup and for those not driving a very good Bloody Mary, they also sell all kinds of tomato based foods. Afterwards you can walk around the tomato plants and also cucumber plants.

Afterwards we drove to Efstidalur for some Ice cream – apparently the do lunch also, but this was a sunday afternoon and it was very busy but the Ice cream was well worth the wait!

We also recommend that you check out the Secret lagoon in Flúðir, secretlagoon.is

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Man’s Day and Woman’s Day

Man’s Day and Woman’s Day are traditional celebration days in Iceland,
determined according to the old Icelandic calendar.

Man’s Day:
Man’s Day (Bóndadagur) falls on the first day in the month of Þorri ( Þorri starts around 19-25th of January) according to the old Icelandic calendar. Man’s Day was traditionally dedicated to the master of the house or farm, who was most often a working farmer. Bóndadagur in Icelandic means “Farmer’s day”.
In contemporary Icelandic culture, women commemorate Man’s Day by giving their men special attention or a small gift. In many Icelandic homes, it is traditional for women to cook the Icelandic smoked lamb called hangikjöt.
Bóndadagur was on the 23rd of Januar this year.

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Woman’s Day
Woman’s Day (Konudagur) falls on the first day of Góa (starts 18-24th of February) according to the old Icelandic calendar. Woman’s Day was traditionally dedicated to the mistress of the house or farm.
Today, men commemorate Woman’s Day by giving flowers or gifts to significant women in their lives (roughly equivalent to Valentine’s Day in other countries).
Icelandic Bakers have started holding a competition for Cake of the Year. The winning entry goes on sale on Konudagur. (Womans day)
Women day will be on the 22nd of February this year.