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Souvenirs & Gifts
This 60-year-old tourist shop is the oldest and biggest...
Austurstræti ; Skólavörðustígur These are Reykjavík’s two biggest central bookshop branches...
One of Reykjavík’s newer cafe-bars, Oliver is the most in-vogue place for brunch, and for partying late in superstyle...
Drum & bass and jungle are still going strong in Iceland. Breakbeat, the country’s oldest club night, has recently transferred itself to this cellar bar...
The government-owned liquor store Vín Búð is the only shop licensed to sell alcohol here. Its most central branch is on Austurstræti which is open 11am to 6pm Monday to Thursday and Saturday, and 11am to 7pm Friday.
This place is a two-storey treasure trove of everything from antique furniture to ‘60s plastic kitsch. Items are piled precariously high in tiny side rooms – the art-installation effect adds to the experience.
Named after the eponymous ‘Dude’ of moviedom, the Lebowski Bar is smack dab in the middle of the action with tons of Americana smothering the walls, and a long list of white Russians – a favourite from the film.
Bad Taste records is the label that launched The Sugarcubes, and they’re still producing new music. Their shop has moved around a lot in recent years, and had just reopened on Laugavegur at the time of research.
Laugardalslaug is the largest pool in Iceland, with the best facilities: an Olympic-size indoor pool, an outdoor pool, four hot pots and a whirlpool, a steam bath, and a curling 86m water slide. Take bus 14.
Decked out with white-leather seats and oversized artwork, this ultracool bistro (and nightspot) offers tasty international dishes at reasonable prices. Vegetarians should head here for the best quiche in town.
The biggest nightclub in Reykjavík, NASA is a stripped-pine affair filled with Prada-clad crowds. It plays chart music and club anthems, and is the city’s main live-music venue – email for upcoming gigs.
This top-notch restaurant has built up its reputation over more than 20 years, cooking traditional Icelandic dishes (game, lobster, juicy pepper steak and mountain lamb) with half an eye on the tourist dollar.
Fashion & Accessories
Traditional handmade hats, socks and sweaters are sold at this knitting collective, or you can buy yarn and knitting patterns and do it yourself. There’s a smaller branch , which sells made-up items only.
Shining-white walls and brand-new tables can’t disguise Múlakaffi’s old-fashioned soul. Hearty local meals such as meatballs, salt cod, roast pork and rye bread are dished up from the hotplate.
A consortium of young designers, Leynibuðin is a veritable mini-market of locally crafted apparel. Items border on hipster and grunge – it’s a great introduction to the city’s made-at-home trend.
The ‘Fish Company’ takes Icelandic seafood recipes and spins them through a variety of far-flung continents. Try the local catch marinated in Asian spices, amid copper lamps and quirky furnishings.
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