Launched in Helsinki, Finland in 2011, Restaurant Day is a food carnival when anyone can open a restaurant for one day. What started from a grassroots event by a group of friends has grown into an international movement, with four annual events in dozens of countries and thousands of pop-up restaurants opening all over the world.

Coffee and cakes at the docks, treats from the trunk of a van, a six-course dinner in your living room – the restaurants can be anything at all. Reykjavikians have partaken several times over the years, too. Here’s a wonderful concept from last year called Ortolan by Tom Manoury, Elín Hansdóttir, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Kristín María Sigþórsdóttir, Jóhanna Helga Þorkelsdóttir, Ben Moody, Thomas Pausz and Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir.

Ortolan was inspired by the story of the Ortolan, a cruel and beautiful ritual from ancient France, legendary for its forbidden indulgence.



Amazingly beautiful and mysterious, don’t you think? You’ll find all the restaurants online here, and you still have a couple of days to go to set up your own. See you on Restaurant Day!


Images by Birna Bryndís Þorkelsdóttir