This quirky spot is perfect for trying the traditional meat soup, but mostly enjoyable for its kitsch. Surrounded by stuffed animals and plastic flowers, you can lose yourself in all the knickknacks.
Cafe Babalu, 22 Skolavordustigur, Reykjavik, 101
Explore some of Iceland’s famous musicians at this shop, which offers a free cup of coffee and a wide selection of records. It hosts the occasional concert in the backyard on Fridays.
12 Tonar, 15 Skolavordustigur, Reykjavik, 101
You can’t go to Iceland and not go swimming. Just make sure to wash without your swimsuit in the single-sex locker rooms before entering the pool — or be ready to face down some seriously judgmental stares from locals.
Sundhollin, 45a Baronsstigur, Reykjavik, 101
This independent theater, hosting film festivals and special events, also serves as an everyday, laid-back hangout spot for movie nerds and bohemians, even if they’re just there for a drink.
Bio Paradis, 54 Hverfisgata, Reykjavik, 101
Einar Jonsson’s Sculpture Garden
Across the street from Hallgrimskirkja, this sculpture garden is often overlooked. The bronze casts of Einar Jonsson’s works make the garden a magical place.
Einar Jonsson’s Sculpture Garden, Reykjavík, 101
This beloved cafe is a time capsule, with its 1950s interiors and decades of Reykjavik footsteps woven into the carpet. There is always an ongoing exhibit by a local artist, and the waffles and hot chocolate alone are worth the visit.
Mokka Kaffi, 3A Skolavordustigur, Reykjavik, 101
In this charming park that’s perfect for a picnic or to rest your feet is one of Reykjavik’s most stunning buildings, originally a private residence that’s undergoing restoration. Across the street you can also see the president’s office, in a white house on the corner with such a low profile that it often goes unnoticed by travelers.
Hallargardurinn, 11 Frikirkjuvegur, Reykjavik, 101