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Reykjavík's First Outside Food Market Opens

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Reykjavík's First Outside Food Market Opens

Hlemmur Food Hall

Photo: Hlemmur Mathöll on Facebook

"You said you wanted more raw goods at Hlemmur and we listened. So we decided to expand on our variety with a special outside food market with emphasis on fresh produce."

So begins an announcement from Hlemmur Food Hall officials, the food hall that opened last month at Hlemmur bus station in central Reykjavík.

Inspired by European food halls, Hlemmur Food Hall provides visitors with a dozen food vendors in what was once an iconic bus station in the city. Although it was well received, some have complained that it never functioned as a true food market.

An answer to this criticism is the aforementioned food market that will be located outside of Hlemmur, said to be Reykjavík's first. Apparently, there will only be a handful of vendors at first, although the number will increase gradually over time.

The market opens this weekend and will continue to be open over the coming weekends until the middle of winter. From then on it will be closed until next summer.

The first participants will be the following:

  • Bjarteyjarsandur
    Fresh meat from the popular farm at Hvalfjörður.
  • Ramen Lab
    A newly opened Japanese specialty store with all things ramen, such as fresh noodles, home-made kimchi, shiitake mushrooms, bonito chips and more.
  • Icelandic vegetable farmers
    Vegetable farmers offering a selection of fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy products, and flowers.

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