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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Monument / Landmark
“During summer nights you will see some lovely sunsets / midnight sun from this side of town.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“A vegetarian place I recommend. I love their vegetarian lasagne with pesto sauce.”
  • 101 locals recommend
Bar
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“Kaffibarinn is one of the oldest bars in town. The tourist to local hipster ratio has understandably shifted in favour of the tourists in the last decade or so. But that does not seem to make Kaffibarinn any less hip. In fact it sort of adds a new level of coolness. Kaffibarinn at the weekends is an experience you will either love or hate. But if you don´t fancy the partying crowds at night, but you like the sound of Kaffibarinn´s warm, dingly charm, then check it out in the daytime for a cosy coffee or draught beers on offer.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Hostel
“It is a very nice, lively place to hang out with friends. They often have live music playing and they have a blackboard full of house brewed beers that you must try! There is a great mix of both tourists and locals. The food is also amazing. Must try the Kex Burger! ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Smáralind is in a 5 min driving distance (20 min walking). One of our two biggest shopping malls. Smáralind has a varied selection of stores.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Bakery
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“My favorite bakery <3. Many locations with amazing sourdough bread and baked goods. The cinnamon bons are to die for! Vegan options. All organic and amazing ”
  • 133 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Best beach of Reykjavík with geothermal pool with low entry fee. Sauna, large out door hot tub and the antlantic ocean.”
  • 137 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Gelato! There's always a line and it's super-popular. Once they called out a ticket number and two people approached since more than 100 people were waiting.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“A very nice and popular cafe, just a 3-4 minutes walk. There is a little square in front where it is nice to sit outside in good weather and enjoy life. ”
  • 94 locals recommend
Café
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“Wonderful family restaurant perfect - itlian inspired and lovely vegetarian dishes. Luna flórens bar is located beside it !”
  • 105 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Recommended. Great for take-away, and sit in, when you're up for a burger. ”
  • 91 locals recommend
Café
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“Locals love this coffee shop. And it is right next to the local swimming pool and bakery.”
  • 116 locals recommend
Erotic Museum
“Perhaps one of the more popular museums around. A museum dedicated to penises is certain to raise an eyebrow or two. The museum contains a collection of more than two hundred and fifteen penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland. Including a human penis ! ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Whales of Iceland museum features one of the largest whale exhibition in Europe. The whales are presented in a unique and illustrative way. 23 different life-size models that have been seen in Icelandic territorial waters have a permanent home at the museum. The museum is in only 10 minutes walking distance from the city centre but can also be reached by one of the city buses. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Garden
“Right next to The Family Park and Zoo in Laugardalur you'll find the less frequently visited inner-city paradise of Grasagarðurinn; the Reykjavík Botanical Gardens. The park is home to over 5,000 different species of plants, as well as an idyllic pavilion-with-a-pond café.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Yes, we have a beach here. The sea is heated to tolerable temperatures...seriously it is. If it's a warm summers day, this is the place to be!”
  • 55 locals recommend