spent a few days last summer exploring Reykjavik by myself after a two-week backpacking trip with my brother. There’s a bunch of great bars, cafes, and restaurants in the city, but I found myself repeatedly wandering back to the bar at the Kex Hostel — sometimes during the day to relax and get some reading done, and sometimes at night to grab a drink and meet some backpackers and locals. One night, I met two Icelandic women grabbing a drink after dinner, and on another night, I met a few friendly backpackers from Australia. I like that at the Kex Hostel Bar, you can wear whatever you want, do whatever you want, and be social or introverted. The hostel’s interior design may be hip and clever, but the crowd is super relaxed. WB
Skúlagata 101, Reykjavik, Iceland. +354 561 6060. www.kexhostel.is.