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Colorful houses in Vesturbaer.
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A guide to local favorites in Vesturbaer

Colorful houses in Vesturbaer.
  • By Inga Kristin Skuladottir
  • Photos by Ernir Eyjolfsson
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The residential area of Vesturbaer has all the character and charm of the old city center, yet none of the tourist traffic. A popular area in which to live, it is in a constant phase of self-reinvention. In recent years, a steady stream of restaurants, cafes and art spaces have been popping up here, adding to the already rich scene of traditional Reykjavik living.

Meet Inga Skuladottir

A local to the bone, Inga was born and raised in downtown Reykjavik. Ever since childhood she has been threading the streets of her city, making sure no nook or cranny goes undiscovered.

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Vesturbaer

Hagavagninn
This tiny little burger joint is usually packed with customers. The menu is small, but less seems to be more here.
Hagavagninn, 52 Hofsvallagata, Reykjavik, 107
Kaffihus Vesturbaejar
On a bright corner in a quiet part of town, Kaffi Vest is a delightful little cafe with secondhand furniture and potted plants in the windows. Its south-facing outdoor area makes it a popular hangout on sunny days.
Kaffihus Vesturbaejar, 20 Melhagi, Reykjavik, 107
Holavallagardur
This timeworn cemetery is serene and quiet, a place to wander and read tombstones, imagining earlier times in Reykjavik.
Holavallagardur, Sudurgata, Reykjavik, 101
Old Vesturbaer area
The streets of Vesturbaer are a treat for architecture enthusiasts, showcasing the styles and colors of typical Icelandic homes. Asvallagata, Braedraborgarstigur and Oldugata streets are great examples, and if you head north toward the Grandi area you might see some murals.
1 Asvallagata, Reykjavik, 101
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Inga Kristin Skuladottir
A local to the bone, Inga was born and raised in downtown Reykjavik. Ever since childhood she has been threading the streets of her city, making sure no nook or cranny goes undiscovered.
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Ernir Eyjolfsson
Ernir is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post. Born in Reykjavik and raised mostly there, he has been working as a news photographer for almost 10 years. His favorite place in Reykjavik to photograph is Thufa, and when he craves something greasy, he loves grabbing a burger at Bullan.

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