World's Best Hot Dog? Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

Bill Clinton enjoying his hot dog

Bill Clinton enjoying his hot dog

We picked up brunch at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur- prizes for pronouncing that - which translates from Icelandic into English as "the best hotdog in town”. It is the world's most successful hotdog stand. I kid you not.

The harbourside hub, which opened since 1937, reached global fame in 2004 after President Bill Clinton stopped off at this food truck for a sausage. It's estimated that 70% of the country’s 300,000 residents have eaten here. Day or night, a queue snakes around the block.

Icelandic hot dogs have a different taste and texture to their American counterparts because they’re made mostly from ubiquitous Icelandic lamb, along with a bit of pork and beef. I can’t say I’m fully sure it lives up to it’s global reputation, but it was certainly very tasty. 

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur is open from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. on weekdays and until 4:30 a.m. on weekends. Cash only.