Published September 2, 2008
An old-fashioned café with warm atmosphere and generous coffee refills. A thoroughly pleasant establishment.
Several attempts have already been made to open up a Korean restaurant in Iceland—at least once in the mid-nineties and again at the turn of the century. For inexplicable reasons all previous attempts have failed, which is why there is so much riding on this newest attempt at Korean cuisine in Reykjavík. To be honest, I had been to K-Bar a few times of my own accord before this particular visit. The place opened up to high acclaim in the wake of the Iceland Airwaves festival in early November last year. It serves a wide variety of craft beers from
There’s a hip new ‘hostel’ in town that gives a whole new meaning to the word. Located literally steps away from Reykjavík harbour, with a gorgeous view of Esja, KEX Hostel is more like a guesthouse than any of the images that spring to mind when you hear “hostel.” Already it has become a popular hangout amongst Icelanders who go there to enjoy the restaurant and bar. In the unique building, which was once a biscuit factory (KEX means biscuit), there’s also a gym, laundry service, a guest kitchen and free wireless. Close enough to the main drag downtown, but
New in Reykjavík, Grillmarkaðurinn (The Grill Market) is renowned chef Hrefna Rósa Sætran’s latest culi-nary venture. With a specially crafted grill made to withstand extreme heat, Hrefna and team are serving up juicy Icelandic dishes to the carnivore’s delight. You can also be sure that they use seasonal ingredients straight from the farm. If her restaurant The Fish Market is any indication of what to expect, this newbie promises to enhance to the quality of life for the foodie in Reykjavík. And already since opening one month ago, it is dazzling restaurant goers. Address: Lækjargata 2a Show on map: click
Whether you’re a native Icelander or a tourist, Sjávargrillið will give you the upscale traditional Icelandic food experience you’re looking for. Their simple, straightforward menu won’t overwhelm a first timer, nor will it annoy a native with unnecessary frills. Gustav Gunnlaugsson, Icelandic chef of the year in 2010 and head chef at Sjávargrillið, knowns what he’s doing. Expect Icelandic specialities such as minke whale, arctic shark and cod on the menu, a jovial, knowledgeable staff and pleasant outside seating with a view of Hallgrímskirkja. VS Address: Skólavörðustígur 14 Phone: +354-5711100
At the Laundromat Cafe you can do laundry, drink a beer and have a grandma read to your children all under one roof. The kid-friendly Danish franchise opening March 12 in Reykjavik prides itself on its tasty brunch, Sunday pot roasts, alcoholic and coffee beverages, 5000 books (that you can buy or trade), board games, and up-to-date newspapers and magazines. Open from 8:00 to 00:00 Mondays to Wednesdays, 8:00 to 01:00 on Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 to 01:00 on weekends. VS Show on map: click here Address: Austurstræti 9 Website: click here