Reykjavik (II)

Continued from last week, we look at the other aspects of the city!

Food

1. Reykjavik Roasters (Kárastígur 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland)

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This cafe roast their own coffee and serves delicious home made pastries to accompany your coffee. I personally don’t drink coffee as I dislike the acidic after taste on my tongue. The coffee brewed here is smooth and fragrant without the acidic taste. So I wouldn’t mind coming back here everyday for coffee. I think this shows how good is it!

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Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 08:00 – 18:00
Sat – Sun 09:00 – 17:00

2. Grai Kotturinn (Hverfisgata 16, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland)

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A quaint little cafe that brands itself with a grey cat. The cafe prepares American breakfast like waffles and pancakes with bacon and eggs. The food is pretty decent and the ambience is magical. It is only available till 3pm in the afternoon so come here early for your breakfast or brunch!

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 07:30 – 15:00
Sat – Sun 08:00 – 15:00

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Located near Grai Kotturinn, this nameless pizza place serves crispy and fresh doughy pizza drizzled with olive oil. Pair up with a beer or a wine to make this a night of celebration. Have a great conversation with a friend or soak up the atmosphere if you are a lone traveller. I have always wanted to try travelling alone. But I am sure in this year I will achieve it. I’ve always wanted to phase myself out of a common reality to be alone in a foreign country.

Opening Hours: Sun – Sat 11:30 – 23:00

4. Noodle Station (Laugavegur 86, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland)

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A hot bowl of Thai noodles is a source of comfort and warmth in Icelandic weather. Serving only three types of noodles, noodle soup with chicken, noodle soup with beef and vegetable noodle soup. The noodles here originate from Thai street food noodle soup, very authentic in taste verified by my frequent visits to Bangkok. You can choose your spiciness level and I usually go for the spiciest to match the flavours of what I have in Thailand. Topped with peanuts, beansprouts, cilantro, the piping hot broth with juicy pieces of meat, the smooth strands of noodles are perfect for the weather.  The price range for the noodles are affordable compared to what’s out there ranging from 830KR – 1450KR. That’s about 8.30 SGD to 14.50 SGD.

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 11:00 – 22:00
Sat – Sun 12:00 – 22:00

5.Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (Icelandic Sausage)

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The popular hotdog stand is located at a few locations in Reykjavik. You will very often find the stand with a queue forming. The famous hot dog stand is visited by famous visitors to the country like Bill Clinton. Hot dogs in Iceland are different in flavour as the meat is predominantly lamb with a bit of beef and pork. What’s unique about Icelandic lamb is they are free-range, grass-fed and organic. Each hot dog is in a bun topped with raw onions, crispy fried onions, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise.

Opening Hours:
Sun – Thu 10:00 – 02:00
Fri – Sat 10:00 – 04:30

These are a few places that I went to for meals . The cost of dining out in Reykjavik can be costly. I recommend that travellers buy groceries from the local supermarket called Bonus to cook your own meals. While Iceland is cheaper than Norway. It is best you cook your own meals to save some money. Do book a lodging with cooking facilities. Very important in order to save some money.

Shopping

1. Kringlan (4-12, 103 Reykjavík, Iceland)

Kringlan is one of the largest shopping malls in Reykjavik. Do check it out if you want to experience how an Icelandic goes about his or her daily life buying groceries and shopping for the house. A shop I recommend visiting is Tiger which sells Scandinavian designed lifestyle items at very affordable prices.

Next would be Bonus Supermarket where you can stock up some teas and Icelandic bread and biscuits.

2. Laugavegur, Reykjavík, Iceland

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The most happening street at downtown Reykjavik. Located near the iconic Hallgrímskirkja, the main street of Laugavegur has got quaint little design shops and cafes. At night, this is also the street of pubs and nightlife. There isn’t any specific shops or cafes I would recommend because each has its own unique vibe and almost everyone has a trip advisor sticker to it.

Nature

1. Tjörnin

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During my last part of the journey, I booked an Airbnb that allowed me to stay facing the city lake of Reykajavik. It was a beautiful touch to the city where you could see the Hallgrímskirkja from where the lake is. Do walk to the lake and take a seat by the benches.

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