Culture and Cuisine in 101 Reykjavík

The old harbour district is right in the city centre. World class restaurants, museums and music venues offer a variety of activities for residents.


Where Shopping Thrives

Austurhöfn is right in the centre of town, where Icelandic shopping thrives. Local designers show off their latest creations and international brands of both the chic and urban variety are easy to come by.

Great Exhibitions

What is your preferred medium? Painting? Sculpture? Installations? Performance art? Do you fancy something traditional or do you tend towards the progressive and the cutting-edge? Wherever you see yourself on the spectrum, you’ll find great exhibitions around Austurhöfn.

Music Non-Stop

For many people, Reykjavík and music are near-synonyms. The whole scene is concentrated downtown, with innumerable venues, big and small, hosting up-and-coming performers as well as established artists every night of the week. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

Best Moment of the Day

That moment when you sit down with a steaming cup of Reykjavík roast, alone or in great company, and relax for a few minutes. For some, this is the best moment of the day. A moment that is easy to perfect at one of the numerous cafés near Austurhöfn.

Along the Waterfront

Take a walk along the waterfront and breathe the brisk ocean air. As the sun sets, the mountains across the bay take on the most amazing pinks and purple. It’s no wonder this landscape and this area have inspired generations of painters and poets.

Cuisine from Everywhere

In Austurhöfn, the world is at your doorstep. Enticing scents from Icelandic, Thai, French, Italian, Indian, American, Syrian and Japanese restaurants waft through the air – yet that’s only a fraction of the culinary delights available.

An Unexpected Goldmine

Anything and everything can be found at Kolaportið Market. Collectors dig for gold in the form of stamps, vinyl records and books. You can also find a surprising amount of kitschy clothes and houseware – and in between there’s the occasional antique treasure. At Kolaportið you’ll also find Icelandic and exotic foodstuffs you won’t find anywhere else, from the infamous rotten shark to traditional Icelandic pastries and sweets.