Reykjavík is a relatively small city, but even so, sometimes you need a bit of local advice to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s a good people-watching spot, somewhere to see some contemporary art, or the best place to catch an Icelandic movie. Don’t worry, friends—we’ve got you covered via our Best of Reykjavík 2016 series. Here are some of our favourite spots in Reykjavík, for all kinds of super-fun days and nights out. Enjoy! And if you try our list, you can let us know what you thought of the selections via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Place To Go With A Group Of Friends
Winner: Tapas barinn
Tapas barinn makes group dining fun, easy and intimate. You can choose from a wide selection of small dishes, including some Icelandic standard fare, served tapas style. It’s the perfect place for mixing locals and tourists in one big group. Locals have tried all the usual stuff and want something exciting; tourists want to try Icelandic classic dishes like puffin, whale and langoustine. Call ahead to make sure they have a table for you and your crew.
Runner Up: Stofan
Stofan won best coffeeshop, and is a pretty common place to meet with friends. If you can grab a seat on the couches right under the stairs on the bottom floor, you’ll be the coolest cats in the place. There’s also a rumour going around town that they make a pretty spectacular bowl of soup.
New Corner: Oddsson
Oddsson is the new kid in vesturbær. It’s large, retro and has a private karaoke booth that fits over 20 people. You can grab a burger and a beer and, surrounded by their signature decor of blue furniture, enjoy the view of the ocean. You’ll feel like you’re in a time machine, while your parents will think they’re having flashbacks.
2012: Tapas Bar
2011: Tapas Bar
Read more of our Best of 2016 lists here.