The Best Markets in Reykjavik, Iceland

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Reykjavik has many thrift stores and some excellent seasonal markets. For visitors who are interested in exploring this side of Iceland’s capital, here’s our guide to some of the city’s best markets.

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Kolaportið Flea Market

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Kolaportito Flea Market
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Kolaportið is one of the best-kept secrets in Rekyjavik, as this market really has it all: from antiques to plastic toys, clothes, food, candy and more. It is located close to the Old Harbor in Rekyjavik and is a great place to go at the weekend. After exploring the beautiful harbor and visiting perhaps visiting the Harpa Building, which is one of the most iconic landmarks in Iceland’s capital, sorting through the mountains of things at this market is a fun way to end a day in Reykjavik. Kolaportito Flea Market | © James Byrum/Flickr

Reykjavik Street Food Market

Market, Icelandic

Reykjavik Street Food Market is a seasonal market open every Saturday from July to August in the center of the capital. Here visitors can enjoy a variety of different foods, from pulled pork to burgers. Tourists will be able to find this foodie’s paradise in Fógetagarður Square, which is named after the man responsible for the way Reykjavik looks today, and whose statue stands proudly in the middle of the square. Reykjavik Street Food Market | Image courtesy of the Reykjavik Street Food Market

Reykjavik Christmas Market: Yule Town

Market, Icelandic

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Although this market is obviously seasonal, it constitutes one of the best shopping experiences available in Reykjavik. Those who are brave enough to venture into Iceland during the cold winter months should brighten their day by visiting this fun market, which sells typical Christmas fare (food, decorations, crafts and gifts) from beautifully decorated Christmas houses. It is located on Ingólfsorg Square in downtown Reykjavik, so it is easily accessible. Reykjavik | © BryanPocius/Flickr

Red Cross Store


Red Cross Store

More of a thrift store than a market, the Red Cross Store in downtown Reykjavik nevertheless has the feel of a vintage market, where visitors will be able to find great deals and give to charity all in one go. Icelandic knits at fabulous prices, vintage sunglasses, cool hats and much more are waiting to be picked up at this store, located on the main shopping street in Reykjavik, Laugavegur. After sorting through the highly priced items at other stores, tourists are sure to appreciate the more modestly priced items of these previously worn and loved items.

Laugavegur 12, Reykjavik, Iceland, +354 587 0900

Spúútnik Fatamarkadur

Spúútnik Fatamarkadur

Slightly more expensive than the Red Cross store, the fabulous Spúútnik thrift store also has some great objects waiting for anyone who is willing to explore their quirky locale. Their second-hand clothes are anything but boring, and even the most weathered vintage shoppers will be surprised by the fantastic finds at this unique store. It is open from Monday to Saturday and is undoubtedly one of the must-do activities in the Laugavegur area.

Laugavegur 118, Reykjavík, Iceland, +354 7759222

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