If you like strolling through markets and seeing people from all walks of life, then the Reykjavik flea market or Kolaportið flea market is for you!
Kolaportið is the biggest flea market in Reykjavik and is very popular among the locals. It is right in the centre of town at Tryggvagata 19 (right by the famous hot dog stand Bæjarins Beztu).
There are three entrances to the flea market; on either end of the house as well as the side that turns towards the harbour and Harpa Concert Hall.
Recent updates on Kolaportið
Recently, a few changes were made to the local the Kolaport is in. It is now possible to rent it for concerts, parties and more. But the market is still there, of course. There’s a resell market where you can rent out a stall and sell your stuff without staying. But it is also possible to rent a table and sell your stuff the old-fashioned way.
Sadly, the changes made the food stalls redundant. You are still able to find a few food sellers there who sell traditional Icelandic food like fermented shark, dried fish and more. But they will soon close down.
Handmade Lopapeysa and Jewellery
The market is a great place to go if you are looking for something to read, a souvenir or a gift for someone. Or simply if you are cold and want to go people-watching.
Kolaportið is a great place to get beautiful hand-knitted goods made with Icelandic wool or handmade jewellery made from Icelandic stones. It is an excellent opportunity to strike up a conversation and learn about Icelandic patterns and knitting. We can’t praise the Icelandic wool masters enough for knitting those beautiful sweaters, gloves, scarves, and hats that keep us all warm during winter. You can also find one-of-a-kind vintage clothing, books in English and beautiful locally-made jewellery.
Knick-knacks and antiques
But that’s not all; you can also find all kinds of arts and crafts, antiques, toys, clothes, and books. One sells only old postcards and stamps, while another has a vast selection of knick-knacks and antiques. You will be able to browse DVDs, LPs and CDs or find a t-shirt with your favourite band logo on it. It is possible to buy toys and glasses, and for the mystics, there is a store which sells all kinds of powerful stones.
Sit down at the coffee house and watch the people
In one corner of the market, there is a café with a seating area which is excellent for people-watching. Have some flatbread with smoked lamb, pancakes and Icelandic doughnut (kleinur).
It is wise to show up with some cash in your pocket, as not everyone accepts cards. There is an ATM just one street away if you do not have money.
You can also try to haggle a bit; some of the sellers are there every weekend, while others are just there for one time only and are willing to sell their things quickly and for cheap.
Kolaportið is open on weekends from 11 am to 5 pm (11-17).
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