For decades, this café on the old harbour has been the first place fishermen go when they step back on dry land. Broad windows look out at the boats and they're known for their breakfasts, brunches and smørrebrød light sandwiches. Since 1935, this "Coffee Wagon" (as the name translates) was the hangout of choice for dockworkers, vagrants, sailors, wanderers and anybody else who likes a good cup of coffee.
Tucked inside old boat repair shops, you'll find a surprising range of shops and boutiques to explore, each with a bent for something unique. There's a high-fashion boutique, a deli-butcher shop, a chocolate factory, a bistro-brewery, a goldsmith, a cheesemonger, a Japanese teahouse, and Valdis, the hit ice cream shop, just to name a few.
Photo: Kjötkompaní butcher shop and deli is inside a refurbished boat repair warehouse.
In Grandi, you have your pick of some of the best. The Maritime Museum, the Saga Museum, Whales of Iceland and Aurora Reykjavík are all right here.
This new street food hall is comfortable, interesting and a must-visit for foodies. It is located in the Iceland Ocean Cluster, which is part of the most innovative area in town, celebrating Icelandic culture and industry. There are nine 'street food' concessions, each with a unique style, representing cuisines as diverse as Korean kimchi tacos to barbecued Icelandic lamb. There's also a mini wine bar, a lax and champagne bar and a place to sample all kinds of that legendary Icelandic yogurt, Skyr. You'll probably have to come at least twice!