Launched in Helsinki, Finland in 2011, Restaurant Day is a food carnival when anyone can open a restaurant for one day. What started from a grassroots event by a group of friends has grown into an international movement, with four annual events in dozens of countries and thousands of pop-up restaurants opening all over the world.

Coffee and cakes at the docks, treats from the trunk of a van, a six-course dinner in your living room – the restaurants can be anything at all. Reykjavikians have partaken several times over the years, too. Spark Design Space partook in the festival last winter with two different pop-up restaurants.



The 16th of November was also the official Day of the Icelandic Tongue so the team thought it appropriate to recreate the most delicious page, the page 16 from the beautiful children’s book Stína stórasæng by Lani Yamamoto.



The main character Stína stórasæng is an inventor and creator who spends most of her time and imagination trying to stay warm. She makes great cakes and hot cocoa. We really enjoyed them too.



Downstairs, a team of young designers set up a cucumber kitchen TEA-SIR/SMAKK! Delicious!




So wonderful! You can read more about the book here, you’ll find all the restaurants online here, and you still have a couple of days to go to set up your own. See you on Restaurant Day!


Images Courtesy of SPARK Gallery