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 Jewellery Shop
The owners Helga and Orri make all the jewellery themselves in their shop/laboratory. After the eye-catching works in the window have piqued your curiosity, step into their sumptuous, dimly-lit basement store and take a peek. The detailed, stylish and carefully crafted unisex pieces have a raw edge to them that gives them an exotic sensuality, and makes them timeless but still fresh. Not the most classic and obvious choice, but the coolest one for sure.
A classic of the local design scene, Aurum is one of the most popular jewellery shops in town. They’ve been crafting and importing jewellery for years—if you’re looking for a simple, timeless piece, they certainly have it, but check out their limited editions in the window for a fresher take on things.
Technically, Aftur mostly sells sustainable, recycled clothes for the fashion-goth crowd, but it’s one of the few places in town where you can still find a proper kría, the typical arctic tern necklace that all Icelandic women own. Pick a black one and take a fun memory away with you.
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