Reykjavík Centre Guidebook

Guðrún & Óttar
Guðrún & Óttar
Reykjavík Centre Guidebook

Food scene

Brút Restaurant is a high end casual restaurant located in one of the oldest and most prestigious buildings in Reykjavík that is shared with the Radisson Blue 1919 hotel. The menu of Brút consists mostly of seafood sourced from the surrounding oceans. It is a menu that changes seasonality depending on availability from nature, wheter it is fish, meat or vegetables. The Kitchen is lead by Ragnar Eiríksson former head chef of Dill Restaurant and the first Icelandic Chef to ever win a Michelin star for that restaurant. Co owner with Ragnar is Sommelier, long time restaurateur and television personality Ólafur Örn Ólafsson. Wine list is extensive with an interesting selection of wine from all over the world, with emphasis on quality wines, mostly from lesser known producers but you will also find some better known pillars. It has been listed as one of the best in Iceland by StarWineList
8 locals recommend
BRÚT Restaurant
8 locals recommend
Brút Restaurant is a high end casual restaurant located in one of the oldest and most prestigious buildings in Reykjavík that is shared with the Radisson Blue 1919 hotel. The menu of Brút consists mostly of seafood sourced from the surrounding oceans. It is a menu that changes seasonality depending on availability from nature, wheter it is fish, meat or vegetables. The Kitchen is lead by Ragnar Eiríksson former head chef of Dill Restaurant and the first Icelandic Chef to ever win a Michelin star for that restaurant. Co owner with Ragnar is Sommelier, long time restaurateur and television personality Ólafur Örn Ólafsson. Wine list is extensive with an interesting selection of wine from all over the world, with emphasis on quality wines, mostly from lesser known producers but you will also find some better known pillars. It has been listed as one of the best in Iceland by StarWineList
Fancier fastfood
86 locals recommend
Hlemmur Mathöll
86 locals recommend
Fancier fastfood
Dishes rooted in the simplicity of Italian cuisine mixed with Nordic food traditions.
33 locals recommend
Mat Bar
26 Hverfisgata
33 locals recommend
Dishes rooted in the simplicity of Italian cuisine mixed with Nordic food traditions.
Upscale Italian/Icelandic. La Primavera combines food tradition from northern Italy with premium Icelandic ingredients. Located in the Marshall house, also housing worldrenowned modern artist's 'Olafur Elíasson's satellite studio.
16 locals recommend
La Primavera Ristorante
20 Grandagarður
16 locals recommend
Upscale Italian/Icelandic. La Primavera combines food tradition from northern Italy with premium Icelandic ingredients. Located in the Marshall house, also housing worldrenowned modern artist's 'Olafur Elíasson's satellite studio.
Tiny place, small menu, honest and fresh from all over the world, France, Italy, Asia, Northern Africa.
8 locals recommend
Hosiló
12, 101 Hverfisgata
8 locals recommend
Tiny place, small menu, honest and fresh from all over the world, France, Italy, Asia, Northern Africa.
Casual hipster dumplings
Dragon Dim Sum Reykjavik
Casual hipster dumplings
Brunch, sourdough pizza, tacos, mimosas - depending on the day :) Also the drinks at Luna Flórenz are lovely.
115 locals recommend
The Coocoo's Nest
23 Grandagarður
115 locals recommend
Brunch, sourdough pizza, tacos, mimosas - depending on the day :) Also the drinks at Luna Flórenz are lovely.
French inspired bistro.
179 locals recommend
Snaps Bistro
1 Þórsgata
179 locals recommend
French inspired bistro.
Artisan bakery famous for their delicious sourdough bread, and their scandi cinnamon/vanilla/liquorice etc rolls.
142 locals recommend
Brauð & Co.
142 locals recommend
Artisan bakery famous for their delicious sourdough bread, and their scandi cinnamon/vanilla/liquorice etc rolls.
Perfect cafe/bistro to have coffee/meal before or after a dip in https://visitreykjavik.is/vesturbaejarlaug the local swimming pool - but mainly the hot tubs and sauna....
124 locals recommend
Kaffihús Vesturbæjar
20 Melhagi
124 locals recommend
Perfect cafe/bistro to have coffee/meal before or after a dip in https://visitreykjavik.is/vesturbaejarlaug the local swimming pool - but mainly the hot tubs and sauna....
Classic cuisine with a twist of comfort food and coctails.
49 locals recommend
Kol Restaurant
40 Skólavörðustígur
49 locals recommend
Classic cuisine with a twist of comfort food and coctails.
Casual - famed for lobstersoup...
68 locals recommend
Sægreifinn
8 Geirsgata
68 locals recommend
Casual - famed for lobstersoup...
Kitchen + bar close to the Parliament. Casual-smart, serving drinks, afternoon tea and more...
53 locals recommend
Apotek Restaurant
16 Austurstræti
53 locals recommend
Kitchen + bar close to the Parliament. Casual-smart, serving drinks, afternoon tea and more...
Fast food hall
44 locals recommend
Grandi Mathöll
16 Grandagarður
44 locals recommend
Fast food hall
Happy hour, nice coctails and food - upscale loungy.
Eiriksson Brasserie
77 Laugavegur
Happy hour, nice coctails and food - upscale loungy.
No nonsense fish
Fish and More
23 Skólavörðustígur
No nonsense fish
Only Michelin starred restaurant.
33 locals recommend
Dill Restaurant
12 Hverfisgata
33 locals recommend
Only Michelin starred restaurant.

Wine bars

Temporarily weird openinng hours so check beforhand. Ther is not a strict selection of wines by the glass at Bodega: you can either open a bottle to share or just have a glass. The wine list holds a blend of natural and conventional wines from all over with a few South American options.
Bodega
9 Týsgata
Temporarily weird openinng hours so check beforhand. Ther is not a strict selection of wines by the glass at Bodega: you can either open a bottle to share or just have a glass. The wine list holds a blend of natural and conventional wines from all over with a few South American options.
This place takes you from a nice coffee and bar menu to a glass of wine from the weekly selection. Focused on wines from producers and regions they import directly, like Spain and France. Perfect after a performance at the National Theater
9 locals recommend
Mikki Refur
9 locals recommend
This place takes you from a nice coffee and bar menu to a glass of wine from the weekly selection. Focused on wines from producers and regions they import directly, like Spain and France. Perfect after a performance at the National Theater
Difficult to find if it is your first time in the city. Feels like your living room, with soft lights and music. The wine selection mainly focuses on the Old World and labels from South America, where both are part of the weekly by-the-glass selection.
15 locals recommend
Port 9
15 locals recommend
Difficult to find if it is your first time in the city. Feels like your living room, with soft lights and music. The wine selection mainly focuses on the Old World and labels from South America, where both are part of the weekly by-the-glass selection.
Feels your friend's basement, cosy and homely. The wine list, with a lot of interesting options, well balanced and with a focus on natural wine.
Vínstúkan Tíu sopar / Wine Bar
Feels your friend's basement, cosy and homely. The wine list, with a lot of interesting options, well balanced and with a focus on natural wine.
Nikkei cuisine, this is one of the most extensive wine lists in the city, both by the glass where they rotate Old World labels monthly or weekly, and the bottle list, which has a good vintage depth.
Monkeys Reykjavik
Nikkei cuisine, this is one of the most extensive wine lists in the city, both by the glass where they rotate Old World labels monthly or weekly, and the bottle list, which has a good vintage depth.

Café - hipster coffee.

Lovely coffee in the beautifully restored Ásmunarsalur Gallery.
Reykjavik Roasters
41 Freyjugata
Lovely coffee in the beautifully restored Ásmunarsalur Gallery.
Bistro/cafe for pre-or post-pool nourishment
124 locals recommend
Kaffihús Vesturbæjar
20 Melhagi
124 locals recommend
Bistro/cafe for pre-or post-pool nourishment
Cozy neighbourhood cafe.
96 locals recommend
Reykjavik Roasters
1 Kárastígur
96 locals recommend
Cozy neighbourhood cafe.
KAFFE OLE Cozy place and super high quality coffee. Espresso and pour over with delicious Ethiopian coffee. Nice croissants, too.
Hafnarstræti 11
11 Hafnarstræti
KAFFE OLE Cozy place and super high quality coffee. Espresso and pour over with delicious Ethiopian coffee. Nice croissants, too.

Bar

Best bar
7 locals recommend
Röntgen Bar
12, 101 Hverfisgata
7 locals recommend
Best bar
Good for a drink and music, especially with the concerts in the garden in summer.
11 locals recommend
12 Tónar
15 Skólavörðustígur
11 locals recommend
Good for a drink and music, especially with the concerts in the garden in summer.
Good drinks
14 locals recommend
Vedur
33 Klapparstígur
14 locals recommend
Good drinks

Best pools/swimming

Vesturbæjarlaug is our favorite pool - serving up a wonderful selection of hot tubs chock full of chattering artists, students and other 107 locals. The pool has a nice outdoor pool, big hotpots, a large steam room and a particularly lovely outdoor changing area, which you should take advantage of in the summer months, and in winter if you are a local. And remember, life, the universe and everyting is to be discussed in the hottubs...
288 locals recommend
Vesturbæjarlaug
107 Hofsvallagata
288 locals recommend
Vesturbæjarlaug is our favorite pool - serving up a wonderful selection of hot tubs chock full of chattering artists, students and other 107 locals. The pool has a nice outdoor pool, big hotpots, a large steam room and a particularly lovely outdoor changing area, which you should take advantage of in the summer months, and in winter if you are a local. And remember, life, the universe and everyting is to be discussed in the hottubs...
The downtown pool- to chill in the hottub after a long day or to begin one.
274 locals recommend
Sundhöllin
45a Barónsstígur
274 locals recommend
The downtown pool- to chill in the hottub after a long day or to begin one.
Fancy new spa lagoon combining hot pools, nature and booze. It is in Kópavogur, carved out of seaside rocks and with a view to kill for and a spa experience - expensive but lovely!
41 locals recommend
Sky Lagoon
44-48 Vesturvör
41 locals recommend
Fancy new spa lagoon combining hot pools, nature and booze. It is in Kópavogur, carved out of seaside rocks and with a view to kill for and a spa experience - expensive but lovely!
If you thought Iceland is not the best location to swim in the ocean, you probably haven’t heard about the geothermal beach in Reykjavík. Nauthólsvík is a true local paradise with golden sands, a hot tub, steam bath and a nice view. Grill your own hot dogs and create a lifelong memory by swimming in the freezing cold North-Atlantic Ocean. Using the water running from the hot tubs, the small lagoon is warmed up to a tolerable 15-19° C (or somewhat less in the winter season). The beach gets quite busy on a sunny summer day, but locals use it all year round. Situated in 101 Reykjavik, next to the domestic airport.
69 locals recommend
Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
69 locals recommend
If you thought Iceland is not the best location to swim in the ocean, you probably haven’t heard about the geothermal beach in Reykjavík. Nauthólsvík is a true local paradise with golden sands, a hot tub, steam bath and a nice view. Grill your own hot dogs and create a lifelong memory by swimming in the freezing cold North-Atlantic Ocean. Using the water running from the hot tubs, the small lagoon is warmed up to a tolerable 15-19° C (or somewhat less in the winter season). The beach gets quite busy on a sunny summer day, but locals use it all year round. Situated in 101 Reykjavik, next to the domestic airport.

Music

Best music store
11 locals recommend
12 Tónar
15 Skólavörðustígur
11 locals recommend
Best music store
Record store linked to art collaborative Bad Taste with Björk and Sjón and other artists affiliation.
Smekkleysa
Record store linked to art collaborative Bad Taste with Björk and Sjón and other artists affiliation.
The National Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic Opera and Reykjavik Big Band nourish the halls with endless music. The smallest resident, Maximus Musikus , the music mouse, who also has a permanent residence in Harpa is involved in organizing various events for children all year round. http://maximusmusikus.com/ Harpa is one of Reykjavík's greatest and most distinguished landmarks and a world-class concert house. Emphasis is placed on professional ambition and diversity so that the music in the house is a cross section of Icelandic music. The house is also a forum for Icelandic musicians and their music making, and excellent international artists and bands. The house offers high quality acoustics that is suitable for all music. The concert halls are of various sizes and all the facilities are of high quality.
245 locals recommend
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
2 Austurbakki
245 locals recommend
The National Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic Opera and Reykjavik Big Band nourish the halls with endless music. The smallest resident, Maximus Musikus , the music mouse, who also has a permanent residence in Harpa is involved in organizing various events for children all year round. http://maximusmusikus.com/ Harpa is one of Reykjavík's greatest and most distinguished landmarks and a world-class concert house. Emphasis is placed on professional ambition and diversity so that the music in the house is a cross section of Icelandic music. The house is also a forum for Icelandic musicians and their music making, and excellent international artists and bands. The house offers high quality acoustics that is suitable for all music. The concert halls are of various sizes and all the facilities are of high quality.

Museums

152 locals recommend
National Museum of Iceland
41 Suðurgata
152 locals recommend
Reykjavík Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir
24 Flókagata
128 locals recommend
Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
17 Tryggvagata
128 locals recommend
The National Gallery of Iceland
52 locals recommend
Gerðarsafn is one of those hidden gems outside of Reykjavík. Located in Kópavogur, the museum offers a fresh take on Icelandic art and gives visitors an opportunity to meet and listen to their artists in their fantastic artist talks. It also has a coffee shop and a delightful garden.
13 locals recommend
Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum
4 Hamraborg
13 locals recommend
Gerðarsafn is one of those hidden gems outside of Reykjavík. Located in Kópavogur, the museum offers a fresh take on Icelandic art and gives visitors an opportunity to meet and listen to their artists in their fantastic artist talks. It also has a coffee shop and a delightful garden.
Árbæjarsafn (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈauːrˌpaiːjar̥ˌsapn̥]) is the historical museum of the city of Reykjavík as well as an open-air museum and a regional museum. Its purpose is to give the public an insight into the living conditions, work and recreational activities of the people of Reykjavík in earlier times
77 locals recommend
Árbær Open Air Museum
77 locals recommend
Árbæjarsafn (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈauːrˌpaiːjar̥ˌsapn̥]) is the historical museum of the city of Reykjavík as well as an open-air museum and a regional museum. Its purpose is to give the public an insight into the living conditions, work and recreational activities of the people of Reykjavík in earlier times