Icelandic style and design has escalated in scope over recent years, with an ensuing explosion of local stores. While high prices mean that you probably aren’t going to be going on a shopping spree in Reykjavík, there are plenty of unique products to be found that are worth your hard-earned cash. From obscure rarities by long-broken-up Icelandic bands to the perfect vintage hand-knitted lópapeysa, here’s your essential guide to shopping in Reykjavík. Remember to make responsible financial decisions. Good luck out there.
Best Design Store
This local design mecca has a fascinating and ever-evolving range of products on sale from local designers, but also brings cherry-picked Nordic and international pieces to Iceland. “They have Icelandic design you can’t find anywhere else,” said the panel, “but also so much Scandinavian design.” From day one, Akkúrat was known for carefully curated shelves filled with works from promising and emerging designers, many of whom are still in the early stages of their career. So, who knows—take a punt on a striking hoodie or handmade cup, and you could have a future classic on your hands.
The HAF Studio store is a pristine renovation filled with highly desirable homewares, from stylish lamps to light fittings worth renovating for. “HAF is a place to watch right now,” said the panel. “They have an amazing space and everything is well picked.” Watch your wallet: you’ll want it all.
Garðatorg 1, Garðabær
This store, located within the Museum Of Design and Applied Art, serves up a quirky array of design objects and books, some related to the exhibits within, some completely random. “They have a workplace in the store when you can watch artists create right in front of you” one panellist praised.
2015: Spark Design Space (RIP)
Other Shopping Categories
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