What’s new in Reykjavík? Here’s our run down of the latest recent openings and talked-about spots.
You can literally never have enough shopping venues for gently-used clothing and, as fate would have it, a new secondhand shop has opened up on Þingholtsstræti. Wasteland Reykjavík is actually a franchise originating in Denmark, and while their official opening day is May 4, they will be having special introductory hours from April 12 to 14. Swing by and fashion your own unique look to wow them all this spring. AF
Reykjavík is a speedy city: the latest measurements show it can accelerate from 0-3 food halls in as many years. The newest kid on the block is aiming to make the 110 postcode great again. Located in a tucked away commercial-industrial area, Mathöll Höfða has a wide range of offerings, from the “upper class street food” of the Gastro Truck to New Nordic cuisine at Hipstur and East Iceland craft brews from the Beljandi Bar. We’ll be checking it out in more detail soon, so stay tuned. JR
Coocoo’s Nest, Grandagarður 23
Tapping into the interests of the owner Íris, Luna Flórens is Iceland’s only “gypsy bar.” Part flower-child, part spiritual and with a whole lot of whimsy thrown into the mix, this cosy and hand-crafted bar is so intimate it makes you wanna spend the day musing about geodes, slow smoothies, lunar cycles and tarot card readings. You can do all this and more while sipping on some excellent pressed pomegranate juice, trying the house cocktails, or participating in one of the many regular pop-up events. SB
When the taco joint in Hlemmur Mathöll closed down late last year, US and Mexican immigrants and Iceland-dwellers let out a collective wail of woe. But soon enough, a new one had opened in its place. Taqueria la Poblana serves “authentic Mexican tacos and other delicious fare from the region.” Founder Juan Carlos Peregrina Guarneros says that he cooks the way his mother taught him: using soft homemade corn tortillas and fresh chili sauces: “And a michelada crowned with spices to wash it down.” JR
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