Guidebook for Reykjavík

Þórdís Jóhanna
Þórdís Jóhanna
Guidebook for Reykjavík

Food Scene

A cozy and authentic café in a beautiful old house. A great place to read books or chat with a friend over a glass of red wine (or hot chocolate with whipped cream!)
28 locals recommend
Stofan Café
28 locals recommend
A cozy and authentic café in a beautiful old house. A great place to read books or chat with a friend over a glass of red wine (or hot chocolate with whipped cream!)
Excellent fish restaurant.
113 locals recommend
Fiskmarkaðurinn
12 Aðalstræti
113 locals recommend
Excellent fish restaurant.
Best Italian restaurant in town, on Harpa Concert House's 4th floor, overlooking Reykjavík harbour.
8 locals recommend
Kolabrautin Ristorante
8 locals recommend
Best Italian restaurant in town, on Harpa Concert House's 4th floor, overlooking Reykjavík harbour.
Has been chosen best brunch/lunch in town. I tend to agree with that.
114 locals recommend
The Coocoo's Nest
23 Grandagarður
114 locals recommend
Has been chosen best brunch/lunch in town. I tend to agree with that.
Famously delicious (and cheap) lobster soup is served in this small and popular restaurant, as well as all sorts of fish dishes (and whale meat for the curious).
68 locals recommend
Sægreifinn
8 Geirsgata
68 locals recommend
Famously delicious (and cheap) lobster soup is served in this small and popular restaurant, as well as all sorts of fish dishes (and whale meat for the curious).
Excellent locally-caught fish served in a pan (and at a decent price too).
36 locals recommend
Messinn
36 locals recommend
Excellent locally-caught fish served in a pan (and at a decent price too).
Both a café and restaurant, Kaffihús Vesturbæjar (or Kaffi Vest as locals call it) is a popular little place serving good coffee and meals (and a delicious brunch on weekends). Right across from the café is the brilliant Vesturbæjarlaug Swimming Pool.
122 locals recommend
Kaffihús Vesturbæjar
20 Melhagi
122 locals recommend
Both a café and restaurant, Kaffihús Vesturbæjar (or Kaffi Vest as locals call it) is a popular little place serving good coffee and meals (and a delicious brunch on weekends). Right across from the café is the brilliant Vesturbæjarlaug Swimming Pool.
Best Ice-cream shop in town, everything made on premises.
118 locals recommend
Valdís
118 locals recommend
Best Ice-cream shop in town, everything made on premises.
A popular french bistro with buzzing atmosphere. Excellent steaks and confit du canard at reasonable prices. Also recommended are the oysters and downstairs cocktail bar.
179 locals recommend
Snaps Bistro
1 Þórsgata
179 locals recommend
A popular french bistro with buzzing atmosphere. Excellent steaks and confit du canard at reasonable prices. Also recommended are the oysters and downstairs cocktail bar.
Top vegetarian restaurant serving delicious dishes which come with 3 salads of your choice.
99 locals recommend
Gló
20b Laugavegur
99 locals recommend
Top vegetarian restaurant serving delicious dishes which come with 3 salads of your choice.
GREAT Italian espresso bar, authentic and original.
14 locals recommend
Kaffifélagið
10 Skólavörðustígur
14 locals recommend
GREAT Italian espresso bar, authentic and original.
Superb pizza place.
10 locals recommend
Eldsmiðjan
38 Bragagata
10 locals recommend
Superb pizza place.
If the Michelin guide would include Iceland in their listings, this place would most probably be listed as No 1 in the country. But you need to book a table with some notice - sometimes some weeks in advance.
33 locals recommend
Dill Restaurant
12 Hverfisgata
33 locals recommend
If the Michelin guide would include Iceland in their listings, this place would most probably be listed as No 1 in the country. But you need to book a table with some notice - sometimes some weeks in advance.
Excellent fish dishes and lunch/Brunch in Reykjavík's Nordic House, famous for its unique architecture.
8 locals recommend
AALTO Bistro
5 Sturlugata
8 locals recommend
Excellent fish dishes and lunch/Brunch in Reykjavík's Nordic House, famous for its unique architecture.

Shopping

Delicious gourmet shop.
8 locals recommend
Búrið
35 Grandagarður
8 locals recommend
Delicious gourmet shop.

Arts & Culture

Harpa Concert House opened in 2011 and is among the world's greatest concert houses. It is also something of an architectural gem with it's famous, prize-winning glass exterior.
244 locals recommend
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
2 Austurbakki
244 locals recommend
Harpa Concert House opened in 2011 and is among the world's greatest concert houses. It is also something of an architectural gem with it's famous, prize-winning glass exterior.
Reykjavík's modern art museum, very close by our house.
128 locals recommend
Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
17 Tryggvagata
128 locals recommend
Reykjavík's modern art museum, very close by our house.
Reykjavík's leading contemporary art gallery.
12 locals recommend
i8 Gallery
12 locals recommend
Reykjavík's leading contemporary art gallery.
Reykjavík art museum dedicated to and named after Kjarval, the Icelandic painter. The museum also puts on different exhibitions featuring art from 19th century and into modern times.
127 locals recommend
Reykjavík Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir
24 Flókagata
127 locals recommend
Reykjavík art museum dedicated to and named after Kjarval, the Icelandic painter. The museum also puts on different exhibitions featuring art from 19th century and into modern times.
Hannesarholt is located in the historic home of the late Hannes Hafstein, Iceland’s first prime minister, who negotiated with the king of Denmark in 1904, for a local person to represent the Danish ruler in Iceland. The house at Grundarstigur 10, built in 1915 by Hannes Hafstein, Iceland's first prime minister, is one of the first 15 concrete houses built in Reykjavik. At the time, half the nation lived in turf houses, and therefore, the house at Grundarstigur 10 is an important landmark, now to be celebrated and shared by the local population, as an important part of the national heritage.
Hannesarholt
Hannesarholt is located in the historic home of the late Hannes Hafstein, Iceland’s first prime minister, who negotiated with the king of Denmark in 1904, for a local person to represent the Danish ruler in Iceland. The house at Grundarstigur 10, built in 1915 by Hannes Hafstein, Iceland's first prime minister, is one of the first 15 concrete houses built in Reykjavik. At the time, half the nation lived in turf houses, and therefore, the house at Grundarstigur 10 is an important landmark, now to be celebrated and shared by the local population, as an important part of the national heritage.

Essentials

Cheap but good grocery store nearby our house.
105 locals recommend
Bónus
105 locals recommend
Cheap but good grocery store nearby our house.
24/7 grocery store, with great selection of organic food. And quite vegan friendly! Affordable and nice.
41 locals recommend
Nettó
41 locals recommend
24/7 grocery store, with great selection of organic food. And quite vegan friendly! Affordable and nice.
The downtown branch for Iceland's national bank.
Landsbankinn
The downtown branch for Iceland's national bank.
Brilliant swimming pool and gym.
48 locals recommend
Sundlaug Seltjarnarness
13 Hrólfsskálavör
48 locals recommend
Brilliant swimming pool and gym.

Drinks & Nightlife

Reykjavík's No 1 hipster bar.
106 locals recommend
Kaffibarinn
106 locals recommend
Reykjavík's No 1 hipster bar.
Excellent happy hour cocktails and wine/beer, very nearby our house.
53 locals recommend
Forréttabarinn
14 Nýlendugata
53 locals recommend
Excellent happy hour cocktails and wine/beer, very nearby our house.
Excellent selection of Icelandic beer.
140 locals recommend
Kaldi Bar/Café
20b Laugavegur
140 locals recommend
Excellent selection of Icelandic beer.
Arguably the finest selection of beer you will find in Reykjavík. A bit pricey but worth it.
42 locals recommend
Skúli Craft bar
9 Aðalstræti
42 locals recommend
Arguably the finest selection of beer you will find in Reykjavík. A bit pricey but worth it.
A great pub with a fancy selection of beer. Also in the same house is one of the best pizzerias in town, with some adventurous/artistic combinations of toppings available.
26 locals recommend
Mikkeller & Friends
12 Hverfisgata
26 locals recommend
A great pub with a fancy selection of beer. Also in the same house is one of the best pizzerias in town, with some adventurous/artistic combinations of toppings available.

Getting Around

Reykjavík's coach terminal (for long distance trips and the airport).
39 locals recommend
BSI Coach Terminal
39 locals recommend
Reykjavík's coach terminal (for long distance trips and the airport).

Parks & Nature

Reykjavík's city pond is a must. Make sure not to miss the legendary sculpture 'Memorial to the Unknown Bureaucrat' by artist Magnús Tómasson.
78 locals recommend
Tjörnin
78 locals recommend
Reykjavík's city pond is a must. Make sure not to miss the legendary sculpture 'Memorial to the Unknown Bureaucrat' by artist Magnús Tómasson.
Wonderful place to visit is Grótta lighthouse and its inspiring surroundings. It's only a 5 min drive from hour house but when there, it feels like you're not in Reykjavík anymore.
64 locals recommend
Grótta
64 locals recommend
Wonderful place to visit is Grótta lighthouse and its inspiring surroundings. It's only a 5 min drive from hour house but when there, it feels like you're not in Reykjavík anymore.
Reykjavík's botanical gardens are a very nice place to take a walk. Also recommended is Café Flóra, a little café in the garden.
63 locals recommend
Grasagardur Botanical Garden
105 Hverfisgata
63 locals recommend
Reykjavík's botanical gardens are a very nice place to take a walk. Also recommended is Café Flóra, a little café in the garden.
OK, it's quite cold to swim in the Atlantic ocean but many Icelanders still do! In all sorts of weather. However, there is also a part of the beach that is warmed up for those of us who are not wishing to freeze to death. And there is a very nice hot sitting pool as well. Showers and changing rooms available.
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
OK, it's quite cold to swim in the Atlantic ocean but many Icelanders still do! In all sorts of weather. However, there is also a part of the beach that is warmed up for those of us who are not wishing to freeze to death. And there is a very nice hot sitting pool as well. Showers and changing rooms available.