This Saturday, the former bus center Hlemmur in central Reykjavík will finish its transformation into Hlemmur Food Hall, a bus stop-food hall hybrid.
According to the executive members behind the project, the goal is to “create a food hall that services neighboring residents as well as those working close by Hlemmur, and all of the city area and its guests.”
Hlemmur has served as the central Reykjavík bus station for over 38 years, making it an iconic part of the city culture. In 2002, a documentary by the same name was released focusing on the homeless alcoholics spending their time there. World famous Icelandic band Sigur Rós composed the music for the film.
Inspired by the great European food halls, ten “ambitious vendors” will provide guests with a taste of the “best food Iceland has to offer”.
It should be noted that this will be considered a “soft opening” according to Ragnar Egilsson, one of the people behind the project, with seven vendors opening at first with the latter three to open at a later date.
The Reykjavík Culture Night Festival, one of the city’s biggest festivals, also takes place this Saturday and the area around Hlemmur is in the spotlight this year, to mark the occasion.
The seven vendors opening this Saturday will be the following:
• Brauð & Co (Bread & Co), an artisan bakery famous for its organic sourdough bread and cinnamon buns.
• Jómfrúin, Iceland’s most renowned smørrebrød (Danish open-face sandwiches) restaurant.
• LA POBLANA, serving authentic Mexican tacos. Founder Juan Carlos Peregrina Guarneros cooks food the way his mamá and nana taught him.
• SKÁL!, an experimental bar and restaurant with a focus on Icelandic ingredients and food traditions.
• Micro Roast Te & Kaffi, a coffee bar with a focus on freshly roasted and seasonal coffee, experimentation ad and craftsmanship.
• Ísleifur Heppni, an ice cream parlor serving fresh ice cream made from local dairy and high-quality ingredients.
Check out Hlemmur Food Hall’s website for more info.