What is it?

Hlemmur Mathöll is a street food market in downtown Reykjavík. It has a communal seating area and 10 vendors serving a variety of delicious dishes.

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Why go?

Created in the image of food halls common in mainland Europe, Hlemmur Mathöll has quickly become a favourite of local and visiting foodies. It’s ideal for anyone looking for good food and a relaxed mood.

These days it seems like every place you can eat in Reykjavík is a ‘mathöll’ but Hlemmur was the originator of using the word. ‘Mathöll’ is translated to English as ‘food hall’, which is basically a fancy name for a food court. Fancy or not, any place that has lots of food is a nice place if you ask us.

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Those who knew the building before it became a food hall might find the dining experience bizarre at first. Hlemmur used to be a rather sloppy looking bus-terminal which only served hot dogs,

Luckily Hlemmur cleaned up good. However, you can still catch a bus to almost anywhere in the city from right outside the food hall.

The food hall setup provides an exciting assortment of culinary styles to choose from. You could go for Scandinavian food at Jómfrúin, Vietnamese street food at Banh Mi, Mexican cuisine from Fuego or Pizza from Flatey. It’s a multi-cultural smorgasbord.

Once everyone in your group has picked whatever food takes their fancy you can all sit together. The seating arrangements are benches that make the meal feel like a fun indoor pick-nick.

Even if you’re not looking for a full meal you have options at Hlemmur Mathöll. Many agree that the best bread in town can be found at Brauð og Co. bakery. If you just want a cup of coffee and a small treat Te & Kaffi have their Micro Roast at Hlemmur Mathöll.


Website: http://www.hlemmurmatholl.is/
Price Range: Varies between vendors
Opening Hours: 08:00-23:00 every day of the week