|"Roots" by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir|
|The lobby bar at CenterHotel Þingholt|
|Black Death beer|
|Lækjarbrekka (picture from the Lækjarbrekka web site)|
The housing Lækjarbrekka was built as a dwelling in 1834, by the influential Danish ship owner and merchant P.C Knudtzon. He also built a bakery and a turf house in th same lot and brought the Danish baker T.D Bernhöft to Iceland to practice his trade here. Bernhöft, who was for a long time the only baker in Reykjavík, bought the houses in 1845. The Bernhöft family continued in the baking business at this location for two generations, building a retail shop onto the dwelling house in 1855.
|Menu from Lækjarbrekka|
|Looking over toward Hotel Borg in Austurvöllur square|
|Gandhi restaurant menu|
|The English Pub|
|See the wheel of fortune behind the bar?|
I'm convinced after he had that shot of Opal, Rich was feeling like this guy! This troll statue was outside of a store on Laugavegar in Reykjavik.
Visit Iceland states that "Reykjavík also boasts an excellent range of luxury hotels, exclusive shops and designer outlets. It also has the reputation of being one of Europe’s “hottest” cities at night, with an active music scene and famous nightlife." Although we weren't looking for the nightclubs, we were looking for dinner. I was looking at a menu when a young couple walked by and said that they hoped we were enjoying our time in Reykjavik. I was a little startled and wondered why they were talking to us when Rich reminded me that they were just trying to be friendly.
|Creepy Icelandic doll|
While mainly an Italian restaurant, Caruso also specialises in Icelandic seafood and lamb, alongside Italian style pizza and pasta. The central location at the corner of Bankastræti and Þingholtsstræti is ideal for an urban atmosphere, with a view of the busy traffic of the city's main shopping street. The food is reasonably priced and the service good, and the steady popularity and Italian décor of Caruso ensure a pleasant atmosphere.The restaurant is rustic in appearance, but don't let that sway you from stopping in for a meal. We arrived hoping we could get in without a reservation and luckily, we did as the restaurant was fully packed. We were seated at a table near the window by the street, but there are a few different dining rooms where you might be seated. The server was attentive despite how busy the restaurant was.
|Caruso's Vegetali Sveppir pizza|
|Caruso's Osta og spínat fyllt Ravioli|
With a large menu that can accommodate any one at your table from picky eaters, children, or even a vegetarian, Caruso was a great choice at the end of a long day. When we finished our meals, I wanted to crawl into bed immediately with my belly full of ravioli while also anticipating having to get up early for our flight the next morning in Berlin. I wish we had more than 24 hours because there is so much to do in Reykjavik and yet we had so little time. But I will be back soon to enjoy more of one of my favorite places to visit.