One of Stuck in Iceland´s favorite Reykjavik restaurants is without a doubt a small French bistro in the center of Reykjavik, that goes by the name of Snaps! The word Snaps is the Icelandic version of the German word Schnapps, a small strong shot, hugely popular all over mid- and northern Europe. The Icelandic version of schnapps is the Icelandic brennivín, a schnapps flavored with caraway seeds and usually drunk with shark, fermented skate and other Icelandic „delicacies.“ This fun restaurant not only has great food, and fun atmosphere but it is definitely best for Icelandic celeb spotting!
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The restaurant on the other hand, does offer a few of the nordic schnapps(es?) but a more common drink sighting is a girl with a glass of champagne or an Aperol Spritz, or some guys glugging down a icy pint of a nice local beer.
A Blend of Nordic and French Cuisine
The food is a blend of authentic french dishes, for example steak frites with bernaise, moules frites (my favorite) or duck confit, as well as some Nordic dishes, such as open faced sandwiches with herring or pork belly. One of the most popular dishes is the Fish of the day, where the talented chefs create amazing plates of the freshest fish on the market each day.
The right place for Icelandic celeb-spotting
The wine list is not very long but good. The house wines are nice and affordable just like the food. But what really makes Snaps! special is the super fun atmosphere there. Always bustling and energetic, the restaurant is hugely popular with Iceland´s elite crowd. Fans of Icelandic TV shows, movies or music might recognize some faces among the guests! It is so popular in fact, that they don´t take reservations after 18.30 at night, since the place is always full. So if you are in the mood for a really fun night out with super tasty food, go to Snaps!, but beware that you might have to wait for a table for some time, sitting in the bar downstairs. But you sure are going to have fun while waiting!