You cannot really get lost in a city like Reykjavík. It is a capital city, yes. Still, you will never have this slightly overwhelming feeling of a downtown metropole like in London, Paris or New York. Most of the houses are not much higher than 3 floors, which you can see best when climbing up Hallgrímskirkja. This is intended by the city planning to make sure the city`s buildings do not work as a sun shield. In “You`re hot and you`re cold in REYKJAVIK”, you already read about the numerous features of the city`s day- and nightlife. But where to start when you have just arrived and what not to miss in the next months?
Reykjavík has a myriad of coffee shops and you should really discover them one by one. I have had the best coffee experience at Reykjavík Roasters (where you can play your own vinyls or choose from the shop’s collection) and by far the biggest toast and waffles at Mokka-Kaffi.
Leave behind the numerous tourist shops for they will not provide you with any interesting design or creative souvenirs. Around the main shopping street Laugavegur, there are countless concept stores and design boutiques which made my heart beat faster and my eyes wander over the wonderful street looks. Women in Reykjavík know how to dress well. I saw influences of different eras, grunge chic mixed with local, traditional shapes and colourful fabrics, japanese kimonos and wool goods. I have not seen so many women in dresses and skirts for a long time (what’s up with that, Germany??) and still, Reykjavík women never look overdressed. It shows off your good taste and style to look chic by day and night, just go with the Reykjavík flow. I was magically drawn to the wonderful kimonos at Aftur, a very popular fashion label among Icelandic musicians and actresses. Just running down Laugavegur will provide you with some of the best vintage dealers as well, my favourite two were Nostalgía and the more edgy Spúútnik with a fantastic selection of vintage coats. Inspired until I was totally out of control, for a moment I was considering wearing everything I bought at once on my flight back, so I wouldn’t have excess luggage to pay for…
The big W’s
Where to stay?
Where to eat?
Where to drink and to be merry?
Where to shop books on sundays?
What kind of venues not to miss in Iceland?
13./14./15.02.2014 – Sónar Reykjavík
27.- 30.03.2014 – 5th Reykjavík Fashion Festival
25.09.-05.10.2014 – Reykjavík International Film Festival
05.11.-09.11.2014 – Iceland Airwaves
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