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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

restaurants

B5

This fashionable bistro-bar, dominated by two enormous Philippe Starck lampshades, is definitely a hit with cool Icelandics. It has a trendy lounge vibe with a locally infused food menu. Light seasonal dishes and fusion tapas complete the package of Scandanavian bistro treats. B5 moves into post-dinner mode on Friday and Saturday nights as diners head to the Whisky Room downstairs in the old bank vault for the best mojitos in Iceland.

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 View Map ... Bankastræti 5, Reykjavik, Iceland
Fish Market

Don’t be fooled by its “newcomer” status. Fish Market is anything but a novice to the foodie scene, and its high standard of fusion cooking combined with its trendy bar cement its position on our list of favourites. Located in downtown Reykjavik, Fish Market’s sleek “raw bar” serves melt-in-your-mouth Icelandic sushi and the smokeless “robata grill” produces outstanding local meat. Fish market is an exciting addition to the Reykjavik dining scene.

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 View Map ... Adalstraeti 12, Reykjavik, Iceland
Kaffi Solon

Kaffi Solon is a café-cum-bistro, perfect for a daytime coffee break and spot of people watching, or for a light tapas-style meal with a bohemian vibe. The kitchen also prepares classic hearty meals for the more serious diners. On weekends it evolves into a disco magnet – charismatic and fun.

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 View Map ... Bankastraeti 7a, Reykjavik, Iceland
La Primavera

La Primavera’s contemporary menu is inspired by recipes from northern Italy and combined with the freshest local Icelandic produce. Try the delicious al dente pasta with Icelandic lobster, accompanied by a superb glass of wine from the all-Italian wine list. La Primavera is one of Reykjavik’s most popular dining spots.

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 View Map ... Austurstræti 9, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Mokka Kaffi

Mokka is the oldest café in Reykjavik and home to the city’s first Italian espresso machine. It occupies a small cosy space maintaining its original furnishings, but with a contemporary twist, also displays an art exhibition space. This intimate and popular café serves a great coffee or steaming hot chocolate, providing solace from the freezing Icelandic weather. Mokka Kaffi’s mouth-watering waffles, which arrive stacked with whipped cream and fruity jam, are arguably the city’s best.

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 View Map ... Skólavörðustígur 3a, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
The Grey Cat

The Grái Kötturinn (the “Grey Cat”) is a tiny little 50s style café tucked away in a quiet spot opposite the National Theatre. Popular with artists and locals who come to enjoy the excellent breakfasts, this bohemian, book lined café also serves great coffee and light meals. Legendary for its early opening hours, the “Grey Cat” could be just the right hangover cure on your way home from a night out in Reykjavik.

 View Map ... Hverfisgata 16a, Reykjavik, Iceland

what we think

A winter Ibiza for seasonally affected clubbers, Iceland’s cosmopolitan little capital of Reykjavik is one of the “coolest”, youngest and most vibrant cities in northern Europe - full of life any time of the year. Whether in the shade of winter or under the summer midnight sun, the parties continue through the night and the locals lead the way in acting out the adage “get wrecked in Reykjavik”. Within driving distance of the main town is a plethora of thrill seeking activities and exciting excursions including the spectacular Northern Lights. Perhaps the most famed image of Iceland is the steamy outdoor Blue Lagoon … you’ll hardly notice the below zero temperatures as a cocktail waiter wades through the hot spring to serve you a cocktail and you dance away to the tunes spun by the lagoon-side dj. Hedonist heaven and very cool.