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Best Of Reykjavík 2018: Hidden Gem

Best Of Reykjavík 2018: Hidden Gem

Published April 28, 2018

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!

Hidden Gem

Hyalin Reykjavík
Hverfisgata 35

This tiny French Deli on Hverfisgata is a pleasure for the eyes and the senses, with their dark blue walls and white accents reminiscent of the Mediterranean. All their products are imported from France, from their delicious chocolate in retro packages to shiny oil bottles, gleaming jars of honey, and pungent goats cheese. You might be tempted to buy the entire store at once, but don’t rush: the lovely couple at the counter will always welcome you back with a friendly smile.

Runner-Up:

Hertex Charity Store
Garðastræti 6

Although slightly shabbier than the average second-hand store, this little Salvation Army outlet always has something interesting to offer. It might be more oriented to the older crowd, but nothing beats their retro power-shoulder jackets and timeless coats, especially for the price.

Runner-Up:

Systrasamlagið
Óðinsgata 1

This little hidden gem has become a favourite among the vegan crowd, and with good reason: their morning bowls are especially tasty, with fresh and dried fruits and almond milk on the side. You can find vitamins and boosts in here too, as well as yoga and meditation classes. All in all, a great alternative to the usual hip Reykjavík café.

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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.


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