Top things to do in Old Harbour

Top Choice Icelandic in Old Harbour

Matur og Drykkur

One of Reykjavík's top high-concept restaurants, Matur og Drykkur means 'Food and Drink', and you'll surely be plied with the best of both. The brainchild of brilliant chef Gísli Matthías Auðunsson, who also owns th…
Top Choice Area in Old Harbour

Old Harbour

Largely a service harbour until recently, the Old Harbour and the neighbouring Grandi area have blossomed into tourist hot spots, with key art galleries, several museums, volcano and Northern Lights films, and excel…
Top Choice Street Food in Old Harbour

Grandi Mathöll

There's no neater encapsulation of Grandi's rejuvenation than the transformation of this old fish factory into a pioneering street-food hall. Long trestle tables sit beside stalls selling a diverse range of lamb, fi…
Top Choice Seafood in Old Harbour


Sidle into this green harbourside shack for the most famous lobster soup in the capital, or choose from a fridge full of fresh fish skewers to be grilled on the spot. Though the original sea baron sold the restauran…
Top Choice Pizza in Old Harbour

Flatey Pizza

Flatey raises pizza making to something akin to an art form. Its sourdough circles are made from organic wheat and are baked for just one minute at 500°C to keep the toppings tasty. It's very hip and very classy. As…
Top Choice Gallery in Old Harbour

Kling & Bang

This perennially cutting-edge artist-run exhibition space is a favourite with locals, and now has an expanded gallery in the renovated Marshall House in the Grandi area beside the Old Harbour.
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Old Harbour


Jet-setters unite at this buzzy bar at the Old Harbour's Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina. It's bedecked with vintage record players and cool locals sipping some of the best cocktails in town. For cut-price creatio…
Top Choice Factory in Old Harbour

Omnom Chocolate

Reserve ahead for a tour (2pm Monday to Friday) at this full-service chocolate factory, where you'll see how cocoa beans are transformed into high-end, scrumptious delights. The shop sells its stylish bars (packaged…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Old Harbour

Bryggjan Brugghús

Cavernous, dimly lit and dotted with vintage pub paraphernalia, harbourside Bryggjan Brugghús is a roomy microbrewery where 12 taps dispense its own fresh-tasting beers. Join one of the regular brewery tours then se…
Seafood in Old Harbour

Messinn Granda

Sample the catch of the day at this buffet-style harbour restaurant, serving its freshly caught selection on steaming skillets with root vegetables and spinach. The fabulously simple preparation was developed at Mes…