Reykjavík in detail

Reykjavík is known for

Food & Drink

Dill Try an exquisite tasting menu at the country's top-rated eatery.

Matur og Drykkur An acclaimed chef takes traditional Icelandic ingredients and goes gourmet.

Mikkeller & Friends Keep the local brews flowing at this cool new beer bar.

SKÁL! Innovative street food transforming Icelandic produce with unusual treatments and flavours.

Gló Where hip meets uber-healthy; a haven of vibrant, raw, organic and vegan foods.

Brauð & Co The locals' tip for the best snúður (cinnamon buns) in town.

Hlemmur Mathöll Go for gourmet grazing at a happening food hall.

Bryggjan Brugghús Reykjavík's first full-service microbrewery also boasts waterfront views.

Kaffibarinn Cafe by day, bar by night, this Reykjavík institution keeps going strong.

Sægreifinn Share skewers of freshly grilled fish with your travel buddies in a harbourside hut.

Bæjarins Beztu This beloved hot-dog stand churns 'em out at all hours.

Fashion & Design

Steinunn Couture collections featuring wonderfully creative knit pieces and asymmetrical patterns.

Kron Setting the standard for eccentric and – improbably – practical shoes.

Kirsuberjatréð This top-notch Icelandic design collective has been creating beautiful crafts for over 25 years.

Handknitting Association of Iceland A central option for those in search of a woolly Icelandic sweater.

Skúmaskot Bright and cheerful designs by 11 artists fills this appealing downtown shop.

Geysir Popular Icelandic company that has been creating high-quality interesting clothing for locals for ages.

Orrifinn Subtle, evocative Icelandic jewellery.

Kiosk This pre-eminent Icelandic clothing design cooperative is a perennial favourite for interesting women's fashion.

Hrím Go full Scandi at these extensive homeware and design shops on Laugavegur.

History & Art

National Museum Browse anything from unearthed symbols of Thor to Björk's dress at this all-encompassing museum featuring Iceland's most valuable treasures.

The Settlement Exhibition This multimedia museum literally surrounds an unearthed Viking longhouse from the days of Iceland's first settlers.

Reykjavík Maritime Museum Powerful displays telling the personal stories behind 150 years of the fishing industry.

Reykjavík Art Museum With three equally excellent branches across town, you could peruse art for days.

Stúdíó Ólafur Elíasson The Reykjavík base of the acclaimed artists and Harpa designer.

National Gallery of Iceland Its extensive collection rotates through this beautiful building on the shore of Tjörnin pond.

i8 This always-interesting gallery represents some of the country’s top modern artists.

Kling & Bang In the renovated Marshall Building in Grandi, this gallery showcases the work of cutting-edge young artists.

Nýló Relocated to the renovated Marshall Building, this living arts museum presents visual and performing arts.

Reykjavík Arts Festival For two weeks in May and June revel in all manner of art: from the visual to theatre, dance and film.

Free Stuff

Old Harbour Along with neighbouring Grandi, its a hot spot of museums and worthwhile restaurants.

Kling & Bang One of three cutting-edge contemporary art galleries under one roof.

Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden Gardens with statues by Iceland’s first famous sculptor of folkloric and mythological themes.

Reykjavík Botanic Gardens Home to over 5000 varieties of subarctic plant species.

Ráðhús This beautifully positioned postmodern city hall has an interesting topo-map of Iceland inside.

Gröndalshús The atmospheric home of turn-of-the century illustrator and naturalist, Benedikt Gröndal.

Laugardalur A green parkland east of the city centre that's jammed with activity options.

Tjörnin 'The Pond' echoes with the honks and squawks of more than 40 bird species.

Hallgrímskirkja Getting your photo op at this iconic church is free, though there's a charge if you want to head up the tower.

Alþingi You can attend sessions when parliament is sitting.