While high prices mean Reykjavík isn’t really thought of as a shopper’s paradise, there are still plenty of great local products you can only get here. Whether you’re hunting for a piece of Icelandic design, searching for hard-to-find vinyl by an Icelandic artist, stocking the fridge of your Airbnb, or hunting down the perfect hand-knitted lopapeysa, this guide will get you on the right track. Most of the winners are located in downtown Reykjavík, but a few are scattered throughout the Greater Reykjavík area, giving you a good excuse to get out of the city centre hubbub and do some exploring. Happy shopping!
Best Homeware Shop
The not-so-secret wet dream of any individual with a passion for Scandinavian interiors, the latest addition to the Geysir family has a diverse selection of homeware that’s unique to this shop. Besides its famously lush chequered blankets and delicious scented candles, they also stock neat and minimalist design from all over Scandinavia. When you’re done shopping for interesting bookshelves, funky fish soap or dreamy Tokyo bikes, step into their basement exhibition space for more artsy inspiration.
The owners of this concept store are always on the lookout for the freshest Icelandic talent. If you see something you like, support the local scene and snatch it while you can. Their interior pieces are classic with a twist, and often handmade, so you’re bound to find something that you’ll never see again.
Kokka is a fancy fantasy-land for food lovers, filled with all sorts of utensils you didn’t even know you needed. They import the best Italian pasta machines as well as beautiful Le Creuset pots. It might not be the cheapest, but when you want quality, there’s nothing better.
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You can buy a copy of the full Best Of Reykjavík 2018 magazine—an essential guide to having fun in Reykjavík—here, posted worldwide. We also have a Special Offer double-pack that also includes our Best Of Iceland magazine, about places to eat, see, swim, shop and stay, all around the country, here.