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Located in the old Frón biscuit factory by the Reykjavik seafront, KEX (Icelandic for biscuit) is Reykjavik’s newest hostel.     Injecting antique charm to the buildings inherent industrial chic, KEX’s décor is an eclectic collection from all over: an old US court office desk for the reception, 1930’s East… Read more

SPARK Design Space

The number one venue for Icelandic design, SPARK Design Space is Iceland’s only design gallery. With both international and local designers in the exhibition calendar (both Vík Prjónsdóttir and Salakauppa from Finnish Johan Olin and Korean Aamu Song have exhibited before), it hosts a wide array of design projects, with… Read more


Opened in 2007, Fishmarket is run by 29-year-old local star chef Hrefna Rósa Saetran of the Icelandic national culinary team. The menu is Icelandic-Asian fusion – think sushi, meat from the Japanese robata grill and a notoriously tasty tasting menu featuring the best Icelandic ingredients with a modern twist. The… Read more


Reykjavik Design Guide is the series for the best hotels, restaurants, galleries and anything else we love. To start things off, an excellent place for an overnight stay: Grettisborg. Tucked away amidst the 101 courtyards, Grettisborg Apartments are run by product designers Roshildur Jonsdóttir and Snaebjörn Thór Stefánsson of studio… Read more