Reykjavik is a vibrant city that is fast becoming a fashion hot spot. Surrounded by Iceland's mountainous landscape and at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, this metropolis is an artistic oasis surrounded by inspiration and has much more to offer than Björk, Vikings, and herring.
With a slew of unique boutiques along Laugavegur, the main street in Reykjavik, fashionistas will feel instantly immersed. Volcanic rock jewelry and a gorgeous coat that can withstand wind and rain are just a few of the must-haves you’ll want to pick up during your stay. If you’re in need of refreshment, stop in at any of the eateries on Bankastræti for a delicious meal and plenty of wine and beer to go around. Here are a few of our favorites:
Where to Stay:
Iceland Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Nauthólsvegur 52, 101 Reykjavik; (T) +354 444 45 00
The 220-room hotel blends modern technology with a true love of nature with the only indoor swimming pool in Reykjavik. Located close to the city center in a quiet wooded area, the rooms have a compact appearance but feel quite spacious with modern décor and organic toiletries.
Where to Shop:
Laugavegur 32a, Austurbær Reykjavík
Easily a favorite amongst fashionistas and editors alike, this vintage second-hand shop features pieces from Theirry Mugler, YSL, and Moschino alongside edgy Icelandic designs from Zizka.
Laugavegur 40, 101 Reykjavik; (T) +354 588 01 00
The warm, modern styles of Icelandic designer Katla Hreiðarsdóttir flatter any figure in the chilliest temperatures. With recycled-material accessories by Krista Design, these threads would feel right at home in the States.
Laugavegur 42, 101 Reykjavik (T) +354 552 18 18
The youthful shop has fun and trendy designs from the UK and across Europe that range up to fuller sizes. With paisley printed dresses, color blocked heels, swaths of sequins, and chunky, sparkling jewelry, it has all of the on-trend essentials for the season.
Laugavegur 28b, 101 Reykjavik; (T): +354 533 20 23
The vintage second-hand store has something for everyone, from t-shirts to tea dresses and even furs. The shop boasts an extensive collection of Converse All Stars, scarves, and warm wool sweaters in a rainbow of colors and patterns that is hard to resist.
Where to Grab a Drink:
Bankastræti 7a, 101 Reykjavik; (T) +354 562 32 32
This charming café blends modern design with old-school touches like soft candlelight to create an intimate atmosphere. Located next to the Gamla Bió Theater, the restaurant serves a slew of domestic and imported wines from Europe along with a list of delectable desserts. Split a slice of cake with a friend to go along with a delicious dessert wine to cap off a good night.
Pingholtsstraiti 1, 101 Reykjavík; (T) +354 562 73 35
This wonderfully homy eatery resembles an old English town house, complete with plush velvet couches and doilies. The bistro serves fresh fish and seafood daily along with classic Italian and Icelandic cuisine that will keep you chewing and conversing until it’s time to close up shop.
What to See:
The Golden Circle
Iceland’s landscape is something to truly behold. The Golden Circle takes you all over the countryside, through the world-famous Geysir Museum, the Gullfoss waterfall, and even the great Atlantic Rift where lava flows only 800 meters down.
240 Grindavík; (T) +354 420 88 00
The most famous attraction in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon holds six million liters of geothermal seawater that eases skin irritations and muscles aches. Slip into the warm water with some of the free silica mud and feel as your pores open up and your skin’s left super smooth.
For more places to see in Reykjavik, please visit RE.is.