REYKJAVÍK: Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

This is the ninth post in the overseas trip series to Iceland and London

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When we were in Iceland, we joined a short 3 day tour with GoEcco to South Iceland. It was a great tour experience. We had a great tour guide and we were just a small group of 10, which allowed for everyone to get to know each other pretty well. On our second night, I was chatting with one of the tour guides at the lodge and we both agreed on how expensive Iceland could be. When I shared with her on how cheap food could be in Singapore, she declared that with that amount of currency, it would be almost impossible to get something similar or equivalent in Iceland. 

In a way, she was right. Eating out can be rather expensive in Iceland, and this is a common remark that we saw in numerous guidebooks and travel blogs when researching about Iceland. For the budget seekers however, there is one food item that could possibly fit into your food budget – hot dogs.

It’s a really interesting thing to be famous for, but Iceland is known for its hot dogs, and the most famous hot dog stand, is Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. Guidebooks rave about how Bill Clinton enjoyed hot dogs at this stall very much when he visited.

We nearly didn’t get to try the hot dogs. Our 10 days in Iceland was just so packed. However, on our last evening here, I was pretty determined to try it, so much so after our dinner, I suggested walking over to the stall (in the cold!) for a hot dog snack. Not like we needed it, but I just wanted to try it (just because). Luckily, J, L and D indulged my foodie whims.

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Perhaps because it was still snowing and slightly drizzling in the city (yes, weather can be a bit bi-polar in Iceland), there wasn’t anybody there. Just a few other tourists and us. Quickly, two hot dogs were purchased and we ate them standing up in the light rain.

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The sausages are a mixture of lamb, pork and beef and they are steamed (rather than grilled). Served with a soft bun and topped with ketchup, remoulade and mustard. Definitely a tasty hot dog and the price point makes it a really appealing street food to locals and visitors alike. Come here to say you’ve eaten at the “famous” hot dog stand in Iceland, but I’m sure that with hot dogs being a popular street and petrol kiosk food throughout Iceland, you could find something similar elsewhere as well.

Add: Tryggvagata 1, Reykjavik 101, Iceland

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