I'm a girl from Brooklyn, so I'm no stranger to the cured neighborhoods. Mine has been recreating for years, but on a recent trip to Reykjavík, I never imagined that I would feel so at home outside the Arctic Circle.
Iceland is a Nordic island country known for its hot springs, glacial rivers and northern lights as well as its remote location.
However, as isolated as this part of Europe, I discovered that he had a strange familiarity. From cozy cafes and bars to vegan places, food trucks and thrift stores, I felt like I was in the next Williamsburg.
Much to offer: Iceland is a Nordic island country known for its hot springs, glacial rivers and northern lights as well as its remote location.
Directly from Brooklyn, New York: from the cozy cafes and bars of Reykjavík to the vegan premises, the food trucks and the thrift stores, the Daily Mail American style director, Pandora Amoratis, felt as if she were in the next Williamsburg
Modern meals: for a fast and modern alternative to a seated restaurant, Pandora opted to eat something in a popular mobile food truck. She is wearing a R13 Cowboy dress from Shopbop
Attention to detail: murals and other personal creative touches decorated restaurants and shops throughout the city. Pandora added her own style in a custom jacket from The Mighty Company
MAKING A SCENE
I stayed at the recently opened Reykjavíc Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, the first property in Iceland for the company.
The location was once a departmental store, and wherever you look, there are winks to your heritage and to its founder, Consul Thomsen.
Before the mall, there were large flagship stores, and the Hilton gave new life to this historic icon.
The spacious lobby has an artfully worn, hipster-chic atmosphere, designed to rest and linger.
Fashionable place: I stayed at the newly opened Reykjavík Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, the first property in Iceland for the company
Touches of style: the location was once a departmental store, and wherever you look, there are nods to its heritage and its founder, Consul Thomsen
You feel at home: before the mall, there were large emblematic stores, and the Hilton has breathed new life into this historic icon. The spacious lobby has an artfully degraded hipster-chic environment designed to rest and persist
From the eclectic and industrial style and the curiosities of the vintage haberdashery and millinery to black and white photographs, original tiled floors, low sofas and a palette of jewel tones and rustic textures, it is a modern and cozy space.
Register and then go to the hotel bar to have handmade cocktails. My favorite was a concoction called Barcelona (Hendrick's gin, cucumber puree, lime, simple syrup and elderflower adorned with a pretty pink flower).
Gott Reykjavík is the hotel's restaurant that serves a menu of light fusion dishes, seafood and vegetables.
The happiest hour: Register, then go to the hotel bar to have handmade cocktails. My favorite was a concoction called Barcelona (Hendrick's gin, cucumber puree, lime, simple syrup and elderflower adorned with a pretty pink flower)
SWEET MY SON
Iceland has produced some stellar musical talents. Who has not heard of Bjork, or Sigur Ros?
Still, I behaved like a groupie when I heard that Guns N & # 39; Roses had stayed at the Hotel Konsulat a few days before my arrival, during their tour & # 39; Not In This Lifetime & # 39;
They were in Reykjavík to play in the biggest concert that was held in Iceland. Even bigger than the Secret Solstice event, which takes place in June when there are 96 consecutive hours of natural light on the island.
Paradise city: Guns N & # 39; Roses made his tour & # 39; Not In This Lifetime & # 39; in Iceland. The band stayed at the Reykjavík Konsulat Hotel
Famous Faces: Iceland has had some stellar musical talents, such as Bjork (pictured left) and Sigur Ros (right)
Mode of transport: the streets of Reykjavík are easy to travel on foot, or on a bright orange bike provided by the Hilton Canopy.
IN THE MAP
The streets of Reykjavík are easy to navigate on foot, or on a bright orange bike provided by the Hilton Canopy, where I met my travel group for dinner at the elegant Geiri Smart Restaurant.
Downtown is also known as The Old City, and there are excellent shops on Laugavegur Street. The port, the geothermal pools, the volcanoes, the lagoons, the caves, the waterfalls and the museums are also within walking distance.
Geiri Smart Restaurant reminded me of Bushwick, with local artwork and neon signs on the walls and a super modern and attractive bar.
The open kitchen allows us to have a look at the award-winning hipster chefs while preparing our amazing food. Make sure you save room for dessert. The bourbon chocolate mousse with popcorn, caramel and peanut ice cream is delicious!
The lobby has an artistic and popular atmosphere, a cafeteria with cubicles full of vinyl records for sale, and the lounge bar offers nightly tastings for hotel guests.
Music and matcha: the lobby of the Canopy Hilton has an artistic and artistic atmosphere, a cafeteria with cubicles full of vinyl records for sale, and the lounge bar offers nightly tastings for hotel guests
Vibes: Geiri Smart Restaurant (at the Canopy Hotel) reminded me of Bushwick, with local artwork and luminous signs lined up on the walls and a super modern and attractive bar.
CITY OF FAST GROWTH
Reykjavíc is expanding at the speed of the warp, and along with the arrival of elegant lifestyle hotels like the Hilton, tourism is helping Iceland recover after the economic crisis of 2008.
Not to mention Hollywood movies such as Star Wars and the television series Game of Thrones using the landscape, all of them contributing to more than 2 million visitors that will arrive on the island in 2017.
It's time to start planning your next vacation!
Eclectic design: while the center is also known as the Old City, the Geiri Smart Restaurant is a modern and informal modern place.
See you: the open kitchen allows us to take a look at the award-winning hipster chefs while preparing our amazing food
Culinary experience: there are no fixed rules, the restaurant plays its menu by ear depending on what local farmers can offer at any time
Save space: the bourbon chocolate mousse with popcorn ice cream, caramel and peanuts is delicious
Reykjavíc Street style is a mix of influences that reflect the Nordic heritage, youth culture and the location of the island.
With less than 300,000 people living in Iceland and one in five under 14 years of age, there is an unmistakable relaxed atmosphere.
In addition, with all the nightclubs, bars and cafes in the city center, the lifestyle is ideal to dress to impress and look perfectly imperfect looks.
What to pack: As a frequent traveler and fashion director, I have to pack with an art form. That said, when you visit Iceland, expect all kinds of weather and be prepared. I was there in July, which is considered summer, but with average temperatures of 40-50 degrees, I packed more transition pieces that I could dock in interesting ways.
The thin, long-sleeved Henleys fit perfectly in my leather jacket, while the custom tweed pants kept the legs warm and looked elegant day or night.
My flat ankle boots were comfortable to walk around the city and versatile enough to complete each outfit, including long skirts and evening dresses. A newsboy cap was my answer to the bad hair days.
I carried a bag big enough to fit in my room key, credit card and Google Pixel 2 phone. The camera takes the best pictures! And remember to pack a bathing suit for cocktails at the end of the day in the hot tub at the Konsulat Hotel or a dip in the blue lagoon.