Collected by Ann Amoeba
Skólavörðustígur 3A, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Inhale the tantalizing smell of waffles and smooth arabica at the city’s oldest coffee shop that has been serving up espresso since 1958. This local hangout is so cool that hip US musician John Grant featured it on the cover of his album Pale...
Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Opened in 2011, Reykjavík's Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is not only the most significant classical music venue in Iceland (home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera), but also one of the country’s...
Tryggvagata 16, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík’s creative scene is home to an ever-swelling number of emerging and established artists. Although the city’s galleries come in all guises, i8 remains the hub for top-quality local and international work. Past exhibitions include...
Tjörnin, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Despite being so close to the harbor and the ocean, Reykjavík’s city lake has a charm and atmosphere all its own. Bordered by a main road on one side and a string of pretty, colorful residences on the other, the natural, stone-edged...
18B, Laugavegur 18, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Icelandic design truly sings. Whether you're hunting for stunning furniture, stylish clothing, original jewelry, or quirky children's toys, Kraum is the place to look. Located inside Reykjavík’s oldest building, which dates back to 1752, the more...
Tryggvagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Bæjarins beztu pylsur, which humbly translates as "the best hot dog in town," is a simple stand in central Reykjavík whose popularity over the decades has given it a kind of cult status. Almost everyone in the country has eaten...
Pósthússtræti 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Borg, commissioned and built by Icelandic wrestler Johannes Josefsson in the 1920s, was one of Iceland’s first high-end hotels. Almost a century on—and despite a thoroughly modern refurbishment—it still exudes an...
Lækjargata 2a, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Strolling through beautiful Reykjavik with my husband on a chilly January night, I loved to watch the people tucked away in the town's many restaurants, warm and cozy and enjoying a delicious dinner. One of the best restaurants we came across in...
Hverfisgata 10, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Set in a fairly austere five-story concrete building on Hverfisgata, it would be easy to dismiss the 101 Hotel as merely a functional hotel option. Stepping inside, however, guests discover an ultra-modern boutique hotel whose minimal...
Vegamótastígur 4, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Because Reykjavik is such a small city, in high tourist season like the summer--and when everyone is eating at 8pm or later because all the daylight throws off their internal clocks--it can be very hard to get a table at a decent restaurant...
Klapparstígur 27, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
If you find yourself in Reykjavik wondering what do, there's one sure bet for dinner and entertainment—Cafe Rosenberg. It's like the Cheers of Reykjavik. The place where everybody comes to know your name, and you always feel at home. The...
Laugavegur 36, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
bleary-eyed and starving and in desperate need of coffee, we stumbled onto Bakari Sandholt (hugely famous, and easy to find. we were just jet-lagged and trying the 'let's see what we find' way of doing things) Delicious cappuccinos and a simple...
Rekagrandi 14, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason. The Sun Voyager is a dreamboat, an ode to the sun. Intrinsically, it contains within itself the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress, and freedom. The sculpture is...
Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
we didnt stay at KEX hostel but we went there twice for burgers and coffee and cool people watching. The interior is an instagrammers dream and the abbreviated menu is a good mix of American heartiness (cheeseburgers) and delicious Scando fare...
Brautarholt 2, Reykjavík, Iceland
I stopped for a coffee and a cake with a friend before another day of Iceland Airwaves. The smell or roasting beans, which is done at the front of the shop, is intoxicating. Ordered a flat white, which was perfection, and a delicious carrot cake....
Þórsgötu 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Chef Melsted's bistro in Hotel Odinsve is a great place to get acquainted with Scandinavian cuisine, and a comfortable place to unwind after a day exploring Reykjavik. The decor is warm and inviting - I spent a surpringing amount of time reading...
Þórsgata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
This French-style bistro is a perennial favorite for locals, who come here for breakfast, brunch, dinner, or just drinks. The menu has a Scandinavian focus with some international offerings—hence regular dishes like catch of the day and a...
Kárastígur 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Norðurmýri, Reykjavík, Iceland
Coffee roasted in-house and brewed by friendly baristas draws a young crowd into the old stone building near Reykjavik’s imposing Lutheran cathedral. Share one of the seven tables with a regular patron and catch up on local gossip while vinyl...
Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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