What is new in Reykjavík? Let us tell you about the city’s newest restaurants, bars, shops, and more. This month: Djúpið, Fjallkonan, Álafoss Store, and Tíu Sopar.
Djúpið is a newly opened bar located in the cellar of Italian restaurant Hornið at Hafnarstræti 15. Djúpið has a rich history as a cultural institution. For many years, it functioned as live music venue and art exhibition space. The new owners aim to continue using Djúpið as a cultural space. Fun events are organised like regular live music nights and a vinyl record market. They have cold drinks, happy hour, and a cosy vibe, what more could you need?
Restaurant Fjallkonan has opened its doors right in the middle of downtown Reykjavík on Ingólfstorg square. Their menu is filled with international dishes with an Icelandic twist, like Peking duck served with Icelandic pancakes. They also serve Icelandic lamb dishes, beef tenderloin, and Canadian lobster. For dessert, they have a selection of cakes and deep-fried Oreos with vanilla ice cream! There’s a large outdoor seating area, perfect for soaking up the sun on summer days. Order yourself a glass of Aperol Spritz for only ISK 1,500 and enjoy a relaxed afternoon!
Álafoss opened its first wool factory at the end of the 19th century and was one of the first wool companies in Iceland. Álafoss is named after Álafoss waterfall in Mosfellsbær which was used to drive the mills of the wool factory right next to it. There’s still an Álafoss factory shop in Mosfellsbær, but now, you can also go to the brand-new Reykjavík location to buy your traditional Icelandic sweater, knitting wool yarn, woollen blankets, and hats and mittens. You can find the Álafoss store at Laugavegur 4-6, inside the building that also houses the newly opened ice bar Magic Ice Reykjavík.
Wine bar Tíu Sopar recently opened on the former location of much-loved coffeehouse Tíu Dropar that had to close down in 2016. Tíu Sopar offers natural wines and focuses on small batch winemakers. They sell a good selection of wines by the glass, with 10-12 wines on offer at any time, as well as a growing list of fairly priced quality bottles. They also have a food menu of small courses, charcuterie, and other wine-friendly dishes, all served to share. The kitchen is open as long as the bar, so it’s the perfect spot for a late-night bite.