I don’t know about you, but I am a huge foodie. I wasn’t fully happy with the oats, rice and baked beans for every meal and I decided to sacrifice my budget for eating out. You know what they say, food is a great way to learn about a culture, and I wasn’t learning much when I was making my sad little porridge for every meal. Surprisingly enough, we found a vast variety of vegan options through the app HappyCow (it’s a must for the vegan traveler), and there was even a fully vegan restaurant! Here are some places we visited.
This is the first and only (so far) fully vegan joint in Iceland. They have a super chill vibe, great music and delicious food. Gaia tried the soup and the kale salad (she approved) and I had the holy grail of sandwiches – the Kawaii sandwich with added Oumph. OH MY LORD. That sandwich was probably the best sandwich of my life. It was crunchy, oily, salty, and super flavorful. It had a fair amount of avocado, soy cream cheese, grated vegan parmesan, caramelized onions and mushrooms and Oumph. Oumph is a Swedish soy meat that needs to be exported to every corner on earth inhabiting humans. We also had their vegan viking beer called, well.. Viking. It was very tasty and made me feel cool. I’m a huge sucker for anything viking OK. I don’t judge you, you don’t judge me.
This bistro is located in the Nordic House and we went there after the pool. Thankfully it was marked on the free map we got at The Bus Hostel so after asking some bus drivers that stopped the bus for us to help with directions (show me another country that does that! God, I love Iceland), we made it to Aalto.
They have a vegan menu that was so decadent and Christmassy. It was next level vegan gourmet food. We had the nut roast with some fancy salads and fancy bread, which were all super good, but my favorite was the dessert. We got a spread of seasonal sweets that literally blew my mind. Thankfully Gaia doesn’t like sweets so I ate hers too. I love my life.
Another cool restaurant with an interesting twist. It’s a bike repair shop as well! With a shower (van life anyone?)! We had a nice vegan burger, delicious fries in all shapes and sizes, vegan onion rings and a few more things. I am a huge fan of vegan junk food, so this meal totally hit the spot.
I know, I know, as travelers we all have a budget to adhere to, and I’m not gonna lie. Eating out in Iceland is expensive. So why not go to the supermarket and cook yourself a feast? There’s a nice variety of vegan essentials in the supermarkets in Iceland.
We went to Bonus because we heard it’s the cheapest. We got yummy hummus (looked awful, but as an Israeli, I approve), Linda Mccartney’s sausages, vegan nutella (by euroshopper), bread, flat bread (omg it was amazing), probably the best tasting spinach i’ve ever had and lots of other bits and bobs. For dessert we also found vegan chocolate chip cookies (by europshopper) that were super good! They also have a variety of soy products you shouldn’t miss out on.
Being emetophobic, germophobic and an extreme foodie, I NEVER eat at airports. But there I was, in the airport for 24 hours, my stash of chocolate covered rice cakes was dwindling slowly, I finished the last bit of peanut butter and I was slowly getting famished. I knew it had to be done. It was time for my first ever airport food. And what a surprise it was!
I found a 24/7 little shop in the airport with heaps of overpriced sandwiches, and they had 2 vegan options! One was a hummus wrap, and the other was some sort of sandwich. Being the hummus addict that I am, I decided to venture with the hummus wrap. Twice. It was sooooooooo good! Good flavor, good texture, none of the veggies were too soggy or gross and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took another one for the plane.
All in all, seems like Iceland has quite a it to offer to any traveler. From restaurants with vegan options, cafes with soy milk, vegan ice cream shops, and fairly vegan friendly supermarkets [it’s all relative right?], you can always find something to eat that will make your vegan tummy happy while in Iceland.