For the first time, Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, has been included in The Michelin Guide to the Main Cities of Europe.

Reykjavík—which boasts one Michelin star restaurant, Dill—has long had a mixed reputation when it comes to cuisine. Many visitors like to point out the number of polarising delicacies that hog the spotlight, with hákarl (fermented shark), harðfiskur (dried fish) and Svið (boiled sheep’s head) being only a few examples.


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Reykjavík’s place in 2019’s Michelin publication has proved just how short-sighted this perspective is. After all, the city also contains three restaurants with Michelin Plates—VOX, Gallery and Grillið, all of which are joined with hotels—and one Bib Gourmand restaurant, Matur og Drykkur.

It is hoped the city’s inclusion in this year’s guide will increase exposure to Iceland’s fine dining scene.

The Michelin Star restaurant Dill, opened in 2009, is a prime example of modern Icelandic dining, with its dedication to traditional cooking techniques blended with locally sourced ingredients, culminating in a fresh take on Nordic cuisine.


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In truth, downtown Reykjavík is brimming with acclaimed restaurants, including many that showcase the very best of international cuisine, from Vietnamese to Danish.

This 2019, connoisseurs and first-time travellers to Iceland will likely be shocked at the sheer variety of dining options on offer. In other words, an appetite is now as essential to a visit to Iceland as your camera and thermal outerwear.

Head Chef Kári Þorsteinsson receiving the Michelin Star for Dill Restaurant in 2018. Credit: Dill Facebook.

The Michelin Guide to the Main Cities of Europe (available to preorder on Amazon now) has long been an essential travelling companion, offering reviews of restaurants that have earned Michelin accolades, as well as driving tips, maps and local advice.

The Croatian cities of Zagreb and Dubrovnik were also new entries added to the publication alongside Reykjavík, meaning a total of 38 cities are covered.


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The Michelin Guide’s recognition of Reykjavík as a culinary destination demonstrates just how much more Iceland’s contemporary foodie scene has to offer bon vivants.

The Michelin Guide has been in publication since 1900 when it was a mere pamphlet aimed towards selling new car tyres. The announcement of the each year’s latest Michelin Guide routinely ignites a media firestorm in France, on par with the Oscars ceremony.


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