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Boats in Faxaflóahafnir, Reykjavík Harbour.

A guide to local favorites in Grandi

Boats in Faxaflóahafnir, Reykjavík Harbour.
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Protruding out of the old harbor, Grandi sometimes seems like an island of its own. Until recently it was merely an industrial eyesore, but lately, small businesses have been moving in, transforming it into one of the hippest parts of town. The main street, Grandagardur, is lined with bars, restaurants, museums and galleries, enlivening this old fishermen’s camp full of dingy warehouses and connecting the past to the present.

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Originally built as a herring factory, this industrial structure now houses contemporary art museums and galleries on multiple levels. Olafur Eliasson, a beloved local artist, has an ongoing exhibition of sculptures known for their playful interactions with natural light.
Marshallhusid, 20 Grandagardur, Reykjavík, 101
In Iceland, the cold doesn’t stop anyone from eating ice cream. Valdis, founded and owned by a young Icelandic couple, offers inventive flavors like blueberry and lavender sorbet.
Valdís, 20 Grandagardur, Reykjavík, 101
The old harbor
On an island where fishing has been a lifeline for centuries, you can’t skip walking around the old harbor. Explore the boats as you breathe in the salty ocean air and enjoy the view of the Harpa music hall, one of Reykjavik’s most impressive architectural achievements.
16 Grandagardur, Reykjavik, 101
In an old shed on the water, this cafe is Reykjavik’s take on the diner. With deep roots in marina life going back almost a hundred years, it’s frequented by retired locals who catch up on current affairs, read the morning paper and enjoy the spread of cakes and open sandwiches.
Kaffivagninn, 10 Grandagardur, Reykjavík, 101
Farmers & Friends
This classy boutique is the headquarters of the Farmers Market brand, a locally beloved label. Its clothes are widely admired for their country-romantic style.
Farmers & Friends, 2 Holmaslod, Reykjavik, 101
Grandi Matholl
Today, this old fish factory is a compact food hall with international street food made from local ingredients. With a close view over the marina, you might get lucky and see someone landing fresh fish.
Grandi Matholl, 16 Grandagardur, Reykjavik, 101
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