As a studio, we love to travel. From spiritual retreats in Koh Samui or kayaking across Swedish waters, we’ve got something for everyone. We visited Iceland’s petite northernmost capital, Reykjavik, for hot springs, volcanoes and plenty of weird and wonderful food.

Brauð & Co.

This artisanal bakery bakes all of their bread and pastries in-store and is the perfect breakfast spot. Instead of an authentic sourdough, I chose a freshly baked pain au chocolat which was beautifully crisp, fresh and buttery. Unfortunately, Brauð &Co. doesn’t have seating yet it happens to be a short walk from the harbour which offers the perfect Spring backdrop.

Reykjavik Roasters

We stumbled across this great little spot called Reykjavik Roasters. The food and decor are so perfectly Icelandic, housed in a beautiful wooden building; the imposing, concrete Hallgrims church just up the hill, the Atlantic within eyesight just down the road behind the improvised bandstand ruled by cats. We recommend you start your day with one of their signature coffee’s and, as it’s right off of Laugavegur, the popular shopping street in Reykjavik, we recommend you gear yourself up for a day at the shops!

Fridheimar

If you happen to go on a Golden Circle tour, then stopping off at Fridheimar is an absolute must. Here you can gain a unique insight into the processes of greenhouse horticulture and the use of geothermal heating in Icelandic horticulture with a visit to Friðheimar.

Enjoy the special experience of entering a greenhouse with its fragrant tomato plants – and then sitting down to a feast of the famous and delicious Friðheimar tomato soup with freshly baked bread – with tomato plants all around. You might even like to raise a glass of tomato schnapps!

Harpa Building

Situated on the border between land and sea, the Harpa Concert Hall stands out as a large, radiant sculpture reflecting both sky and sea. It’s striking design comes from Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriid Architects, in collaboration with artist Olafur Eliasson.

Whether you visit to watch a show or to simply take the perfect picture, Harpa is a must-see!

Grillmarkaðurinn

If you want to combine fine dining, authentic Icelandic food and cool interiors, Grillmarkaðurinn is the place to go. The restaurant works closely with local suppliers and takes the provenance of its food seriously.

As all the dishes sounded amazing we went for the tasting menu. To our shame, the highlights were the cuter animals. The puffin burgers (tiny slivers of puffin meat in a mini-bun with truffle mayo and red onion jam) were incredible good — “guilt slathered in truffle mayo”, as my friend put it — and the minke whale steak was tenderly perfect. For the record, none of the dishes on the menu featured endangered species. We did check.

With its gorgeously tactile décor of stone, moss, wood and tartan — think mountain lodge meets industrial chic – it’s the perfect hang out for a special occasion.

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