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Mál og Menning, Reykjavik

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Recommended by:
Thor Fjalar Hallgrimsson from Iceland

Thor Fjalar said: "There are two major bookstores in downtown Reykjavik, big per Icelandic standard but still small enough to be considered independent (at least they are not Barnes & Noble or similar). My favorite of the two is Mál og Menning (language and culture, translated), they have plenty of English books on the second floor (not counting the basement)."

Iceland is mostly known for its nature, music and history, but literature is also a huge factor in the life of its people. In fact, people in Iceland are said to have the highest per capita book consumption in the world. There are several bookstores which do their best to supply the unusually high demand for books in this country. Mál og Menning is one of the favorite spots for the local booklovers in Reykjavik and it also offers a wide selection of books, magazines and newspapers in English. It specializes in travel related literature, you can browse through lots of guides and maps and a whole load of material on Iceland. The offer of English books goes well beyond the usual bestsellers in the fiction category and their stock of academic non-fiction titles is definitely worth noting.

Located in the very center of Iceland's capital Reykjavik, in the city's most known shopping street, Mál og Menning is a huge bookstore which can suck you in and not let you go for several hours. The bookstore also houses a book-cafe called Sufistinn on its second floor. This lively popular spot is mostly known for its very good offer of hot beverages (coffee, hot chocolate...), but also for its colorful walls, painted by the local young artists.

There is one more Mál og Menning bookstore in Reykjavik, which can be found in the business quarter of the city.

mal og menning reykjavik bookstoreMál og Menning
Laugavegi 18
101 Reykjavikmal og menning reykjavik


Phone and Email:
+354 515 2500

Working Hours:
Mon-Fri 9-22
Sat-Sun 10-22

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1 comment:

K said...


Hope it's ok, I'd like to add some info to your Reykjavík section. There is a most charming second hand bookstore located in the down town area of the city, selling all sorts of books and boasting a surprisingly varied selection of english materials and books in other languages may also be found. They have a website in Icelandic, http://www.bokin.is, and you can also find a basic info site on fb and google+ with address, opening hours and such.