These are my recommendations of things to do, guided experiences and local insights.
Sumac Grill + Drinks
Unique combo! Icelandic seasonal ingredients with influences from Lebanon and Morocco. Wonderful atmosphere and cocktail menu. Laugavegur 28, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
This is cozy family owned restaurant. Ask for the fish of the day as they always serve from from best Icelandic ingredients, and every day new courses are offered at a special low price, usually organic grown. Laugavegur 22a, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Public House Gastropub
Fun and cozy, perfect for choosing different small dishes and share, 2-5 dishes per person for a full meal. Laugavegur 24, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Organic always using the freshest of ingredients and buying as much as possible from Icelandic farmers. Raw food, chicken, vegetarian and deserts. Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
All kinds of food to choose from 10 vendors, and our favorite Bakery is there, Brauð & co. Laugavegur 107, 105 Reykjavík, Ísland
With a wide range of starters, sticks, sushi, and desserts — along with many great options for vegetarians, vegans, pregnant ladies, and the gluten intolerant — everyone will find something including the country's largest collection of sake. Laugavegur 2, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Fresh quality dishes, cozy surroundings and sea view at the harbor. Geirsgata 3, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Pizzas baked in traditional wood burning pizza ovens. Topped with delicious Italian pizza sauce and Icelandic cheese. Laugavegur 81, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Unique experience. Argentina Steakhouse has been a classic with Icelander´s since 1989. Barónsstígur 11a, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Matur og Drykkur
Feels like home, specialize in classical Icelandic cuisine with a modern twist. Occasional adjustments to the menu in order to offer the freshest ingredients available at each time. Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
CAFES AND BAKERIES
Really original nice breakfast, lunch etc Sandholt is a family-owned bakery, built on decades of tradition. The fifth generation of Sandholt Master Bakers. And yes, margarine is forbidden in Sandholt bakery :) Laugavegur 36, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Brauð & Co.
Our favorite bread there is rye bread, and you can watch them bake on site. 16,, Frakkastígur, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Café with local art exebitions, try the samwich with aspargus, ham and cheese or the waffles..mmm.. Skólavörðustígur 3A, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Árni, my husband's great grandparents lived in this house. Actually 4 or 5 families lived there, it´s amazing because it is so small. Try the crepes and hot chocolate, friendly environment and nicer to sit on the balcony if good weather. Skólavörðustígur 22, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Mál og Menning
On the third floor of this book store is Súfistinn, a café. For the book lover, including child area. Laugavegur, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
BARS AND NIGHTLIFE
Selection of Icelandic beers on tap should be a reason enough. There are happy hours between 16-19 each day and a special offers on sandwiches and beer. You can play the piano if you want but if you are bad that will not be popular. Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Beer, delicious burger, milkshake or try their specialty 'White Russian'! Happy hour 4-7 pm. Thursday´s weekly movie quiz at 9pm. Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Elegant winebar, unique blend of appetizers and great service. Veghúsarstígur 9, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Cocktails at the harbor. Mýrargata 2, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Bohamian atmospere. Disc jockey every night with various music, partly owned by Blur member Damian Alban. Bergstadastraeti 1, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
The bar also serves the downstairs tapas restaurant, Burro, until midnight. On weekends the DJ gets out the dance records, and Wednesday nights bring special deals on drinks. Veltusund 1, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Usually lowest prices for groceries in 101 area
Kjörgarður, Laugavegur 59, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Groceries good selection and longer opening hours.
Laugavegi 116, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Largest and open 24/7, food, clothes, pharmacia and selection of various other things.
Faxafen 10, Reykjavík, Ísland
ART AND CULTURE
Concert Hall, award winning architecture and entertainment. Daily guided tours https://en.harpa.is/ Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
The National Museum - Making of a nation. The exhibition is conceived as a journey through time. Your ticket to the National Museum of Iceland is also valid for the Culture House. Suðurgata 41, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
The National Gallery of Iceland / Listasafn Íslands
Collection of 19th and 20th century Icelandic art. Also includes array of works by internationally renowned artists such as, Pablo Picasso, Edward Munch, Karel Appel, Hans Hartung, Victor Vasarely, Richard Serra and Richard Tuttle. Fríkirjiuvegur 7,, Fríkirkjuvegur, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
At Visit Reykajvík you can purchase a Reykjavík City Card and you are granted free entrance to all the main museums and galleries in the capital. More info here http://www.visitreykjavik.is/about-us. Tjarnargata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
SWIMMING POOLS AND HOT SPRINGS
Sundhöllin is the oldest public pool in Iceland, it was opened in 1937 in the heart of Reykjavík. In 2017 the building was renovated and a new outdoor pool, several new hot tubs and Ice bath were added. It´s so Icelandic to visit the swimming pools all year round. Barónsstígur 45a, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
North-Atlantic Ocean & Geothermal beach, hot tub, small warmed up lagoon, all year round experience. 101 Reykjavík, Ísland
Largest swimming pool, waterslides, hot tubs, steam bath, gym etc. Teigar, Austurbær Reykjavík, Ísland
Reykjadalur Hot Spring Trailhead
Secret Lagoon, maybe not so secret anymore. It´s a creek with geothermal water to relax in our in the nature, 30 min drive from Reykjavík and short easy hike to get there. There's an article about this below. Reykjadalur, Ísland
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