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The 13 best things to do in Reykjavik

With just over 120,000 inhabitants, Iceland's coastal capital might seem small—but it actually had a big character, as proven by the very best things to do in Reykjavik. There's no shortage of fun sights and attractions, from trying out unusual national dishes such as puffin and boiled sheep's heads at some of the city's traditional restaurants to chilling out in a relaxing natural spring hotel or gaping at the natural wonders just a short drive from the vibrant city. The rugged, volcanic landscape around Reykjavik has long been a source of inspiration to many musicians and artists, including The XX, who recorded songs and planned a music festival there, and, of course Björk. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 9 best Reykjavik restaurants

Reykjavik is hot right now, and Reykjavik restaurants are even hotter. (Okay, it’s freezing, but you get the gist.) Consider the Icelanding city a foodie heaven, especially if you’re into fish and meat. Try the likes of whale, horse and puffin if you’re brave—and if you’re not there’s also a burgeoning vegan scene. The city’s reputation for Nordic cool is well-earned, and you’ll see chic-looking types dressed in black drinking beers on every street here, or down at the Reykjavik Street Food Market which is open every Saturday on Fógetagarður Square—a must-visit if you're looking for top things to do in town. Food doesn’t come cheap in the notoriously pricey city, especially when you’re chowing down on fresh seafood and food direct from the farm, but you always can expect perfectly fresh produce in this down-to-earth yet super-trendy city.