Shopping Areas in Reykjavik

downtown

This is the beating heart of Reykjavík where you’ll find the greatest density of independent cafés, restaurants and shops—from handmade sushi to the latest in Icelandic music. Although most shops are lined up on Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur, if you wander out into the residential areas you’ll find some smaller shops and bistros. Here you’ll also find bus stations, taxi stands and tourist info centers.

Laugavegur

The main shopping street Laugavegur stretches between Hilton Hotel and the city center, although most the shops thin out towards the eastern end. You’ll find streetwear, high fashion, local music and art, quirky souvenirs, cool Icelandic design and all kinds of food and bars along the strip as well as a veritable catwalk of trendy passers-by. People-watching here is a must: morning, noon and night.

Skólavörðustígur

Branching off Laugavegur and leading up to Hallgrímskirkja church is Skólavörðustígur, which is a bit quieter than Laugavegur as it has no bars. Instead you’ll find cozy coffeehouses, delicatessens, health food stores as well as galleries and shops with an emphasis on crafts like woolens and ceramics. This is a great street for poking around and doing a puzzle over a cup of coffee.

Kringlan mall

East of downtown, Kringlan houses 150 shops and restaurants, a multi-screen cinema, food court and a supervised play area for children ages 3-9. Anchoring the mall are Hagkaup grocery and department stores, Next fashion store, Bonus supermarket and Útilíf recreation and outdoor store. Bus nr. S1, S2, S3, S4 or S6 from Hlemmur or Lækjartorg.

smáralind mall

Located in the suburb of Kópavogur immediately south of Reykjavík is Iceland’s largest mall, including 80 international and local chains, large fashion outlets, supermarkets, Debenhams and Hagkaup department stores, a multi-screen cinema, cafés and restaurants and a supervised play area for children from 2 years old. Bus nr. S2 from Hlemmur.