Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

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Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
Industry Street food
Founded 1939 (1939) in Reykjavík, Iceland
Area served
Products Hot dogs (Heitar pylsur)
Owner Guðrún Kristmundsdóttir[1]
Website bbp.is

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈpaːijarɪns ˈpɛstʏ ˈpʰɪlsʏr̥], English: Town's Best Sausages), is a small chain of hot dog stands located in Reykjavík, Iceland.


The chain has been in continuous operation since 1937, when the first stand was set up on Austurstræti by the current owner's grandfather. In the 1960s, it moved to Tryggvagata, across from the Harpa Concert Hall, where the current flagship stand remains today.[2]

In August 2004, the stand was visited by former United States president Bill Clinton while he was visiting Iceland for a UNICEF conference. This celebrity appearance led to a boost in popularity for the stand as it began appearing in tourism guidebooks on Iceland.

In August 2006, the British newspaper The Guardian selected Bæjarins Beztu as the best hot dog stand in Europe.[3]

Today, the chain is popular with both tourists and locals. There are three additional locations in the city,[4] which together sell over one thousand hot dogs on a busy day.


Hot dog from Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

Bæjarins Beztu sells hot dogs and soft drinks. The steamed sausages (lamb-based, with pork and beef) are served in a bun with a choice of condiments; ketchup, sweet mustard, remoulade, crisp fried onion and raw onion. They are all ordered together with the phrase "eina með öllu" (English: "one with everything").[5]

As of August 2015, a hot dog costs 400 krónur (€2.75).


A number of celebrity patrons have visited in recent years. Former US president Bill Clinton,[6] Metallica frontman James Hetfield, and actor Charlie Sheen[citation needed] are among famous people who have ordered from the stand.

The main stand appeared in the first season of Anthony Bourdain's travel program No Reservations.


  1. ^ Jason Hesse (31 October 2014). "Meet The World's Most Famous Hotdog Vendor". Forbes. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Alexandra Young (7 July 2010). "Bæjarins Beztu, Seriously". The Reykjavík Grapevine. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Five best European food stalls". The Guardian. 12 August 2006. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Opnunartími". Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (in Icelandic). 
  5. ^ Tori Haschka (4 April 2011). "Is This the Best Hot Dog in the World?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Selur bestu pylsur í Evrópu". Vísir (in Icelandic). 22 August 2006. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 

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Coordinates: 64°08′53″N 21°56′16″W / 64.14806°N 21.93778°W / 64.14806; -21.93778