Dining in the Faroe Islands

Dried fish and fermented lamb, sheep head and fresh salmon, burgers, and pizza – Faroese cuisine has it all and more!

One of the great joys of travelling to new places is experiencing the country’s food culture. Faroese dining certainly doesn’t disappoint, offering a vast array of dishes, ranging from the very traditional to food influenced by foreign cultures.

Traditional Faroese dishes often include meat, fish, and potatoes. These main ingredients are prepared and served in a variety of ways. Read about Faroese Food for more on this.

Try Faroese Food

If you’re looking at trying traditional Faroese food (fermented lamb and fish, rye bread, blood sausage, and stewed rhubarb), check out the new restaurant, Ræst (the Faroese word for “fermentation”).

Other excellent restaurants that serve Faroese produce include Barbara Fish House, Katrina Christiansen, Italian-fusion Skeiva Pakkhús, Áarstova, and ROKS.

Places like Angus Steakhouse, The Tarv, Italian-inspired Toscana, and Restaurant Hafnia serve great steaks.

For vegan/vegetarian eaters, Bitin is a great option to serve tasty salads and new nordic sandwiches, and newly opened Restaurant Ruts is the place to go. Also, check out this guide to eating in the Faroe Islands.

Be sure to check out the vibrant & cool Suppugarðurin, a traditional Japanese ramen and beer bar and OY, a newly established brewery serving light dishes and Faroese delicatessens. 

Cafés line the streets of Tórshavn and are found in most of the larger villages. Good cafés include Panamé, Brell, Kaffihúsið, GómagottKafé Umami, Kafé Kaspar and the organic Systrar in Tórshavn and Café Fríða in Klaksvík, Kafé Mormor in Tvøroyri and Café Cibo in Saltangará. Check out the Faroes’ only juice bar at No 12.

Globalization has, inevitably, brought fast food to the Faroe Islands. Try City Burger and Burger King in Tórshavn or Smiðjan in Miðvágur to whet those salty taste buds.

The Faroe Islands offer one sushi restaurant, but when the product is that good, who needs more than one? Etika combines fresh Faroese seafood with foreign expertise to produce exquisite sushi dishes – some calling it the best sushi in the world!

If you’re looking for more of a personal touch, we recommend trying Gjóbiti in the picturesque village, of Gjógv. Also Heimablídni, or “home hospitality”, where you can dine in the homes of Faroese families. In most cases, this is only available for groups. However, at Anna and Óli’s or at Durita and Fróði’s, you can now book a spot at supper club tables in their beautiful homes – you might be alone or joined by others who also want to try a delicious and traditional home-cooked Faroese meal.