了解 Laugavegur (street)

Laugavegur is the main shopping street in Reykjavik.Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo Credit: Marek Ślusarczyk

Laugavegur is the main shopping street in Reykjavík, renowned for its boutiques, restaurants, and bars.

Laugavegur in Reykjavík

Laugavegur is one of the oldest streets in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. Its name roughly translates to ‘the Water Road’, as it was up and down this area where women used to bring their laundry to be washed in the hot pools.

It was properly constructed in 1885.

The road begins in the east at Kringlumýrbraut, near the mall Kringlan and the town’s largest park Laugardalur, and runs west to Bankastræti, which leads into the downtown area. It is about two kilometres (just over a mile) long.

The popular shopping stretch of the street starts at the city’s bus centre, Hlemmur, and continues to Bankastræti; east of here is the economic district.

Driving on the shopping stretch of the street is banned in summer, allowing guests to enjoy without traffic. During pride, rainbow colours can be seen in almost every window.

What to do on Laugavegur

Laugavegur has many hotels, bars and restaurants.Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo Credit: Josef Knect

Laugavegur is home to a wealth of shops, restaurants and bars, all appealing to different tastes. In terms of museums, it has just one, although it is a favourite amongst visitors; the Phallological Museum began as a strange hobby of one collector, and is now the world’s only museum dedicated to the understanding of the genitals of male creatures from across the animal kingdom.

It even has a preserved member of a man who donated it, and letters from many promising to dedicate their own when the time comes.

In terms of shops, Laugavegur largely has boutiques with high-end products, most of which are Icelandic designed and produced. It also has many tourist shops, selling fridge magnets, books, stuffed animals and all sorts of souvenirs. While the boutiques are beloved, these tourist shops are often scorned at, for selling things such as polar bear teddies to the unwitting, who do not know that you do not get polar bears in Iceland.

If you want to shop for clothes and jewellery without breaking the bank, there are second-hand and vintage shops along the road too.

Laugavegur has more competition than it used to with the opening of the Kringlan and Smárilind malls, but is still a thriving area. In fact, developers are beginning to open more and more shops and bars on the adjacent Hverfisgata, to turn this area into more of a hub for locals and visitors.

The wealth of restaurants along the road have a diverse selection of menus. Some of these are traditionally Icelandic, but there are cuisines from all around the world, and some establishments are even fusion restaurants of diverse cultures.

Veganism is on a rapid rise in Iceland, so those who do not eat meat and dairy will find many restaurants dedicated to them, and options at most others.

In terms of bars, Laugavegur has many of the city’s most popular haunts. Dillon, for example, is a rock bar renowned for its live music. Lebowski Bar is renowned for its food, quizzes, ‘wheel of fortune’, and dedication to the movie from which it is named. Just off the street are many other great drinking holes, such as Loft Bar, KiKi and Prikið.

 

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