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Faroese food

Fermented lamb, wind-dried fish and sheep’s head. Sound delicious? Most Faroe Islanders think so.

Traditional Faroese food is of great significance to the locals; not only the part where you get to dig in and satisfy those taste buds, but also the other stages, from hunting and killing to preserving and preparing.

It is the particular uniqueness of these stages that made the Guardian proclaim the Faroe Islands the “new Nordic food frontier”, a prime example of the growing enthusiasm for the distinct and extraordinary cuisine of the Faroe Islands and evidence that Faroese gastronomy belongs on the international culinary scene.

Age-old methods

Ever since the first settlers arrived in the Faroe Islands over a thousand years ago, the Faroese people have hunted and killed hares, sheep, whales, fish and other animals for food. Being an isolated archipelago in the North Atlantic has meant that the Faroese have largely relied on eating what is found in the environment around them. They learned to utilise every bit of every fish caught, every mammal slaughtered, and every bird netted. They also learned to store and preserve as much as possible for tougher times. These age-old creative preservation methods are still used today, and have resulted in food that has distinct and unmistakable flavours, inherently contingent on the climate in which it is stored.

Ræst

One of the distinctive flavours is what the Faroese call ræst, meaning fermentation. This is the process of drying meat and fish outdoors, allowing an aging or fermentation process to occur. Whether or not the correct taste is acquired depends on the climate; warmer temperatures will spoil it, too cool temperatures will prevent the fermentation and too much wind will render it tasteless.

Although these traditional methods might be deemed unnecessary in modern times, the unique and inimitable taste created by these processes, coupled with the philosophy of using what nature provides, is as appealing to Faroe Islanders today as ever before.

Food production

There are no indigenous land mammals in the Faroe Islands (the hare, for example, was introduced from Norway) and barely anything grows above ground. Turnips, beets, radishes, swede, potatoes, carrots and Jerusalem artichokes are the vegetables produced by farmers in the Faroes. Greenery comes from herbs such as angelica and sorrel, and wild plants such as sea purslane, cuckoo flower and reindeer lichen.

Dining in the Faroe Islands

The Faroese restaurant culture has changed drastically within the last decade, not in the least because of a few brilliant and innovative Faroese chefs, initially led by the celebrated Leif Sørensen and more recently by the chef at 2-star Michelin-star restaurant KOKS, Poul Andrias Ziska. Not only has it become commonplace for Faroe Islanders to eat at restaurants, they have also started to accept that traditional Faroese food is suitable for fine dining. New restaurants are consistently emerging. One of the newest in line is (surprise, surprise) Ræst, which serves traditional Faroese dishes – the type you’d find on family dinner tables across the country. On the menu is fermented cod, fermented lamb intestines and fermented colon on sauerkraut, mustard and croutons. Delicious. Other new restaurants include a grill house called The Tarv, Frumbiti and Skeiva Pakkhús, located close to the harbour in Tórshavn.

Looking to try Faroese (and other types of) food? Check out these restaurants.

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Klaksvík, Norðoyggjar

Amarant bakary

Try delicious cakes and fresh baked bread

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Angus Steakhouse

Delicious steaks

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Klaksvík, Norðoyggjar

Angus Steakhouse

Enjoy a juicy steak in Klaksvík, the country's second largest city

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Barbara Fish House

The freshest seafood in the world - seriously!

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Baresso Coffee

Such a great variety of food and drink

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Blábar

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Fuglafjørður, Eysturoy

Bovling

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Brell Café

One of the best places in Tórshavn to grab a coffee, either in Brell's cosy café in downtown or...

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Burger King, SMS

The only Burger King on the Faroe Islands

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Burn Fitness Tórshavn

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Skopun, Sandoy

Búrhandilin 1856

Est. 1856 - still going strong.

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Hvannasund, Norðoyggjar

Cafe Old School

Café Old School serves coffee, tea, cakes and sell locally handmade souvenirs in the Old School

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Kollafjørður, Streymoy

Café Chill

The one and only cafe in Kollafjørður

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Saltangará, Eysturoy

Café Cibo

Nice café located in Saltangará on the island of Eysturoy

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Sørvágur, Vágar

Café Fjørðoy

This is a cosy retro café situated with a good view of the bay in Sørvágur

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Klaksvík, Norðoyggjar

Café Fríða

Lovely cosy cafe with delicious coffee and tempting treats in a relaxing environment

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Tvøroyri, Suðuroy

Café MorMor

Nice coffee and cakes on grandma's plates in the old town of Tvøroyri

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Café Natúr

The cafe/pub is located in a historic building, with great atmosphere and with live music in the...

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Sørvágur, Vágar

Café Zorva

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Skálavík, Sandoy

Café á Mølini

The charming café in the old grocery store and post-office buildings by the harbour.

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Runavík, Eysturoy

Carthage Steak

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

City Burger

Eat burgers, french fries and roasted chicken in this busy burger bar in downtown Tórshavn

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Vestmanna, Streymoy

Disvoy Café

A cosy café in the centre of Vestmanna village that offers a varied menu of food and drinks...

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Essabar

Food · Beer · Cocktails · Coffee

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Etika Sushi

The best sushi outside Japan!

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Saltangará, Eysturoy

Farhat’sa pizza

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Hoyvík, Tórshavn (capital)

FaroeGuide

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Vestmanna, Streymoy

Fjørðukrógvin

Cozy restaurant in Vestmanna Tourist Centre

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Sørvágur, Vágar

Flogkaffi

Flogkaffi offers a vide variety of warm and cold dishes and drinks that you can enjoy before...

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Klaksvík, Norðoyggjar

Føroya Bjór (Brewery)

This is a Faroese family brewery, which was founded in 1888

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Fútastova

French cuisine enjoyed in an old, historic Faroese house.

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Nólsoy, Nólsoy

Gimburlombini // The Gimmer Lambs

- Coffee, food, waffles, lots of rhubarb, wine, events, sauna, guided tours, dreams, our life and...

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Gjógv, Eysturoy

Gjáargarður Restaurant

A nice café/restaurant which is part of Gjáargarður Guesthouse in Gjógv on the island of...

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Tvøroyri, Suðuroy

Glasstovan

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Gásadalur, Vágar

Gásadalsgarður Guesthouse

Stay at cosy guesthouse in iconic Gásadalur

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Gómagott

Faroese chocolate made from the very best, hand-picked ingredients and by the highest production...

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Hoyvík, Tórshavn (capital)

Heimablídni hjá Duritu og Fróða

Durita and Fróði serve an exciting menu with the special taste of fermented food. You will taste...

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Nólsoy, Nólsoy

Heimablídni in Nólsoy

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Vágur, Suðuroy

Hjá Jugga

A smart, trendy café in the village of Vágur on the island of Suðuroy

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Glyvrar, Eysturoy

Hjá Rafik

Great variety of fast-food

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Vágur, Suðuroy

Hotel Bakkin (and Restaurant)

A nice hotel in the town Vágur, and only minutes from the beautiful nature

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Runavík, Eysturoy

Hotel Runavík Restaurant

Enjoy juicy steaks and tasty fish at Hotel Runavík restaurant

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Tvøroyri, Suðuroy

Hotel Tvøroyri

The ONLY hotel on Suðuroy, and it is located in the heart of Tvøroyri.

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Søldarfjørður, Eysturoy

House in the garden (Garðahúsið)

Come and enjoy the owners’ hospitality, the homemade food, the charmingly restored house and the...

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Hvonn Brasserie

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Hvonn Café & Bar

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Sørvágur, Vágar

Húsið við Gil

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Klaksvík, Norðoyggjar

Jacqson

A lounge/bar with live music in the heart of Klaksvík

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Jomfrúbakkin

The best cocktails in town.

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Leynar, Streymoy

KOKS

Widely regarded as the best restaurant in the Faroe Islands, Michelin star restaurant KOKS offers...

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Kafe Kaspar

A cosy and trendy cafe, with alot of local people

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Kafe Umami

Modern and tasty cafe, located in the harbor facing the sunset

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Kaffihúsið

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Nólsoy, Nólsoy

Kaffistovan in Nólsoy (café, B&B)

The cosy cafe Kaffistovan is a café and bar located in the center of the village Nólsoy. Apart...

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Saksun, Streymoy

Kaffistovan í Dúvugørðum

Small and charming café in the picturesque village of Saksun that sells cakes, light meals, coffee...

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Sandur, Sandoy

Kafé Breiðateig

Kafé Breiðateig is a cozy café in the city of Sandur. Serves hot and cold beverages and light...

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Katrina Christiansen

Faroese restaurant inspired by the Spanish-tapas style

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Vestmanna, Streymoy

Krambúðin

Welcome to Krambúðin Arts and Craft Shop

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Húsar, Norðoyggjar

M/B Viljin

Restaurant and catering by farmer, Magni Garðalíð

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Saltangará, Eysturoy

MC Café & Bar

Café & Bar in Runavík on the island of Eysturoy

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Nólsoy, Nólsoy

Maggies Café

Maggies Makes Music Magic!

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Fuglafjørður, Eysturoy

Marina Café / Turkihúsið

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Matstovan Seven

Nice and tasty Chinese food, east of Torshavn fortress by the harbour

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Matstovan í Hoyvík (FK)

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Porkeri, Suðuroy

Matstovan í Porkeri

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Mikkeller Tórshavn

Mikkeller Tórshavn is set in a 500-year-old wooden house, located in downtown Tórshavn. It...

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Fuglafjørður, Eysturoy

Muntra

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Mykines, Vágar

Mykinesstova

Quench your thirst and fill your belly at the local café. The café serves soup, homemade cake and...

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

NO 12

The best juice bar in town, serving a wide variety of delicious smoothies, juices, sandwiches,...

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Bøur, Vágar

Pakkhúsið í Bø

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Paname

Homemade food, sandwiches, tapas plates, coffee, cakes, beer, wine and a cozy atmosphere.

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Pizza 67

Informal place in downtown Tórshavn serving pizzas and a buffet including pizzas, chicken wings,...

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Fuglafjørður, Eysturoy

Pizzaria Priamvera

Serves pizza and other grill food

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Restaurant 11

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Viðareiði, Norðoyggjar

Restaurant Elisabeth

Restaurant Elisabeth is both charming and cosy, and here you always receive a warm welcome. The...

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Restaurant Gras

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Restaurant Hafnia

International cuisine with increasing emphasis on local produce in a cosy hotel restaurant with a...

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Restaurant Marco Polo

Here you can have a buffet during lunch time or à la carte in the evening serving both steaks and...

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Restaurant Toscana

Cozy Italian atmosphere in this tiny restaurant in downtown Tórshavn

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Kirkjubøur, Streymoy

Roykstovan í Kirkjubø

Be sure to visit Roykstovan, a timbered home that has been continuously occupied by the same...

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Ræst

Traditional Faroese cuisine, focusing on fermented dishes

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Sandur, Sandoy

Rúsan (Liquor Store)

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Sirkus Föroyar

Charming and boisterous café and nightclub, adorably decked out in all sorts of kitch-mismatched...

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Skeiva Pakkhús

Family Restauarant

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Smakka (The Nordic House)

Enjoy delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes at the lovely café located in the Nordic House

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Miðvágur, Vágar

Smiðjan

Small and neat place to have a bite when visiting Vágar.

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Smyrjibreyðsbúðin

Charming cafe with a cosy atmosphere in the heart of Tórshavn

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Strendur, Eysturoy

Somwang Thaifood

This nice restaurant serves food from Thailand

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Runavík, Eysturoy

Steakhouse - Café and Restaurant

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Vágur, Suðuroy

Stóra Pakkhús í Vági

Cultural centre in Vágur with museum, events, concerts and a bar

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Sunset Boulevard

Get a fresh sandwich

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Take Away/Terminal

Get a delicious pizza in the center of Tórshavn

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

The Irish Pub

Irish Pub in the harbour area in Tórshavn, cosy atmosphere with live music during the weekends....

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

The Tarv

The Tarv is a newly-opened grill house located by the larger of the two harbours in Tórshavn

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Norðragøta, Eysturoy

Varmakeldugarðurin

Visit a farmer's family farm and enjoy a selection of food choices, from coffee and tea to a light...

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Nólsoy, Nólsoy

Visit Nólsoy

Visit Nólsoy - a tourist information in Nólsoy

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Tórshavn, Tórshavn (capital)

Áarstova

Fresh Faroese lamb roasted in the heart of the city

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