To be honest, locals eat pretty much the same stuff you do. Instead of discussing the exotic foods us Icelanders eat once a year during the Þorri, this thread will give you an idea on what‘s trending with the locals right now!
Icelanders love sushi! The raw fish, the seaweed, the smell – it‘s almost too much for our sea-bashed tastebuds. There are plenty of quality sushi restaurants in the city, all of them vastly popular and conveniently enough located close to large hotels! If you wish to try out sushi from (mosly) Icleandic ingredients, check out Osushi, Tokyo Sushi or the renowned Sushi Samba. It‘s also a great venue to try out those Icelandic greetings you read up on before your arrival as you just might meet and actual Icelandic person!
Wether it‘s a product of the wave of hipsterism that flooded the island with force not too long ago or the multiculturism brought forth by florishing tourism is uncertain, but recently opened bistro‘s with a strange but delicious have become huge succesful in Reykjavik over the passed few months. Have a black hamburger ( intensionally) at Public House, a smoked Icelandic cod liver at Le Bistro or a rockcrab soup at Kopar.
Iceland has seen a massive increase in craftbreweries all over the island. Local beers, as well as quality products from other countries, have therefore become very popular among Icelanders and can be found on tap on most restaurants. To check out the variety, and listen to a drunk Icelandic dude proudly speak about the quality of the beer ingredients, check out places like Skúli craft bar, Bryggjan brugghús, Ölstofan and Mikkeller & friends.