I visited Bæjarins beztu pylsur and their hot dog stand in Reykjavik in March 2016
Whenever you pass by, there is always a line. It does not matter if it is morning, lunchtime, evening or night. The line is always there. If there is less than five people waiting, consider yourself lucky and get in line. There won’t be less people there.
Service is quick though, the hot dogs are flying out of the food cart, the line moves quickly. Having only one kind of hot dog helps, just say how many you want and what condiments you’d like, pay and enjoy.
Bæjarins beztu pylsur is a hot dog stand in Reykjavik which have been in operation since 1937. Today, Bæjarins have six stands in and around Reykjavik, the most famous one being the one in Tryggvagata, by the harbour.
Bæjarins beztu pylsur is famous on Iceland, a majority of Icelanders have eaten here at least once, and tourists are often brought here to try the famous hot dogs. In 2006 the hot dog stand was named the best hot dog stand in Europe by The Guardian.
Bæjarins serves only one kind of hot dog, with the choice of five condiments. Ketchup, sweet mustard, remoulade, fried and raw onions. Order eina með öllu for one with everything. Hot dogs are 420 krónur, a small drink is 320 krónur.
I stopped for a hot dog several times during my stay in Reykjavik. It is so easy to drop by, get a hot dog, or two or three, a drink, a quick snack on the go. Get in line, order a few hot dogs, enjoy. The hot dogs are really good, very tasty, whatever time of the day you show up. As for being the best in the world though, I am not quite sure. They might just possibly be the most overrated hot dogs in the world as well. But I’m no expert.
Bæjarins beztu pylsur is located in Tryggvagata, near Kolaportið, opposite the Radisson Blue 1919 hotel. Opening hours are sunday to thursday 10.00 – 01.00 and friday and saturday 10.00 – 04.30.