Kex Hostel

Hostel, Gastropub, and Tourist Information Center
Miðborg, Reykjavík
  • Andrew B.
    "good selection of Icelandic microbrews."(7 Tips)
    Magaly ❄
    "Great breakfast, nice bar, really nice staff and so hipster!"(7 Tips)
    Marc C.
    "Come at the right time and you might see some great live bands."(7 Tips)
    Sander G.
    "Loved the food as well, try the spicy freedom burger 👌🏼!"(14 Tips)
116 Tips and reviews
  • iceland
  • burgers
  • beer
  • hipster
  • breakfast food
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  • Maayan S.
    Maayan Sheinfeld3 weeks ago
    The Hub. They have some live concerts, touristy crowd, Happy hour.
  • Frank R.
    This is the spot! To drink (I did), to eat (we did) or to stay (we didn't). Great space, vibe, beer & food.
  • Michelle W.
    Live music, great burger, good beer options
  • Emily C.
    Great for sleeping, lunchin', coffee time and working -- PLUS music galore. We are blessed by kex
  • Marion
    MarionMay 4
    Made for Instagram. Pure Icelandic hipster vibe. Decent brunch.
    Upvoted Aug 3
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelApril 11
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice for a hostel. Great food too and you'll meet a lot of interesting people. The single rooms are nice, shared bathrooms are what you expect from a hostel.
  • Henrik O.
    This is a real nice bar/hangout!
  • Adam M.
    A fun and lively hostel with live music, a delicious burger and a fantastic vibe. Very cool indeed!
  • Nels W.
    Nels WichersFebruary 13
    Lovely smaller and bigger bites. Really liked the Fried and foamy potatoes with smoked trout and the bone marrow. Also caters to less arctic taste ;).
  • Fab !.
    Fab !December 19, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Wifi code: "Kexland" with K uppercase ;-)
  • Fab !.
    Fab !December 9, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Concerts !
  • Martin
    MartinNovember 6, 2016
    Music - Iceland Airwaves
  • Claudia F.
    Claudia FriasOctober 16, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great location and views. Breakfast is good includes Skyr
  • Rebecca T.
    Rebecca TpuahSeptember 21, 2016
    Didn't stay here, but had a really good evening with #kexjazz. Great music, full of people (and even locals) and nice atmosphere. Bar was suggested by a local.
  • Pınar B.
    Pınar BilginSeptember 20, 2016
    cozy place, good music, best burgers!
    Upvoted Aug 15
  • David B.
    David BlurtonAugust 24, 2016
    Bar with a rustic aesthetic, but nice views over the sea. Best place for a large get-together. Recommendation: Bring all your friends
  • Aimar N.
    Aimar NiedzwiedzkiJuly 9, 2016
    this place has become a bit too much of itself. sloooow service, eclectic music (not in a good way) and only black coffee. will not be a third visit.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RamseyJune 23, 2016
    Too cool for its own good... Solid beer. Just trying way too hard to look like Williamsburg circa 2012
  • Eduard
    EduardJune 17, 2016
    Best place in Reykjavik to hang out. Nice people, good food, amazing drinks and good prices. Lovely
  • Ashley Q.
    Ashley QuaileJune 11, 2016
    Very lively place with people from all over
  • Will C.
    Will CampMay 14, 2016
    Burgers, beer
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.May 5, 2016
    Great hostel! We stopped by for breakfast to check out the place
  • Brynjar B.
    Brynjar BjörnssonApril 18, 2016
    One of the best burgers in Reykjavik.
  • M S.
    M SApril 15, 2016
    Brooklyn in Reykjavík.
  • Rob
    RobApril 11, 2016
    Get the braised beef cheek and Viking stout. Soak in the hipster vibes then get your beard trimmed by the bar.
  • Levaker
    LevakerMarch 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Brooklyn in Iceland. Cliche but worth it since it's the cultural hub of hipster Reykjavik
  • Steve D.
    Steve DeanFebruary 29, 2016
    Incredible live music, super funky vibe, great food.
  • Mark M.
    Mark McKennaFebruary 22, 2016
    Good food, good bar, good vibes
  • Trina
    TrinaFebruary 17, 2016
    grapevine: 2015 best all around bar
  • Jökull Sólberg A.
    Jökull Sólberg AuðunssonJanuary 31, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Slowly falling out of favor along with the retro-beatenup-interior-chic. Kitchen makes value-for-money dishes without the value part. Still deserves as recommendation for the atmosphere.
  • Ardith F.
    Ardith FerogliaDecember 8, 2015
    Didn't stay here, just returned for many meals. The bar is quiet and cozy for on week days. The holiday egg nog was especially good, and so was my birthday cake (complete with votive candle)!
  • Logan K.
    Logan KerrDecember 5, 2015
    All too easy to spend your entire trip just inside Kex— this place is a mini-Mecca of digital nomad hipsterdom.
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanNovember 21, 2015
    Come even if you aren't staying here! Great cafe / resto in the lobby. Friendly staff, clean rooms, central location.
  • Sander G.
    Sander GoossensNovember 17, 2015
    Amazing atmosphere, clean and the best location in Reykjavik! Loved the food as well, try the spicy freedom burger 👌🏼!
  • Demetris V.
    Demetris VassiliadesNovember 16, 2015
    Great hostel, good food and beers. Restaurant area common room has good vibe
  • Ragnar S.
    Ragnar SnæbjörnssonNovember 2, 2015
    Very yummy burgers.
  • Allison I.
    Allison InceOctober 28, 2015
    Great vibe in Bar area...very eclectic
  • Magaly ❄
    Magaly ❄September 15, 2015
    Great breakfast, nice bar, really nice staff and so hipster! I loved it!!
  • Skyler J.
    Skyler JohnsonAugust 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Terrific Hostel. Amazing decor, great vibes, walking distance to all the central reykjavik sites you'd want to see.
  • Gummi J.
    Gummi JohAugust 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't get me started on the burger they offer at Kex. It's the reason I go there again and again. It's what makes me remember how great this Earth we live on is.
  • Citywalk
    CitywalkAugust 17, 2015
    As soon as you check in book a free walking tour on
  • Himali W.
    Himali WAugust 16, 2015
    Friend loved the cauliflower side and ordered it 2 days in a row. Bar is lively and frequented by the locals.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniAugust 6, 2015
    Locals hang at the hip lobby bar/restaurant as well as backpackers.
  • Anna L.
    Anna LevinaJuly 5, 2015
    good jazz concerts, wifi password is kexland
  • C F.
    C FMay 20, 2015
    Very stylish and lively. Great to meet people in the evening!
  • Kristján Ú.
    Kristján ÚlfarssonMarch 14, 2015
    I llloooove this place!! So much vintage, so much fun!!
  • Kriszti T.
    Kriszti TóthMarch 9, 2015
    Reykjavík Folk Festival was a great experience.
  • Andrea A.
    Andrea AssierFebruary 17, 2015
    Great cosy place to meet up with friends for a meal or a drink.
  • Megan K.
    Megan KrummFebruary 14, 2015
    A hostel with an open breakfast buffet? Yes please.
  • Risiana L.
    Risiana LevieFebruary 7, 2015
    Must visit when in Reykjavík! Beautiful view! Cozy interior and atmosphere!
  • Einar Ó.
    Einar ÓliFebruary 7, 2015
    Great burgers
  • Erik E.
    Erik EngFebruary 1, 2015
    Fantastic burger.
  • Svante J.
    Svante JerlingJanuary 26, 2015
    Burgers and beer
  • Phil B.
    Phil BerndtJanuary 24, 2015
    Great food!
  • Ål N.
    Ål NikDecember 20, 2014
    My greatest hostel experience so far! Very cozy, friendly staff and really amazing food! Great spot to watch the northern lights! ;)
  • Joel M.
    Joel MeadorDecember 20, 2014
    Smørrebrød with shredded pork👍
  • Ármann G.
    Ármann GuðjónssonDecember 18, 2014
    Might be the best burger in town
  • Marc C.
    Marc CharbonneauDecember 3, 2014
    Come at the right time and you might see some great live bands.
  • Oliver W.
    Oliver WolfNovember 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Always the first place I go when I arrive and the last place where spent time before I leave. Great bar good, beer and amazing views over the bay.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerNovember 18, 2014
    Welcome to the Ace Hotel of Iceland.
  • Anne O.
    Anne OlsenNovember 9, 2014
    We dropped in on an off-Airwaves event, excellent set-up and cool vibes. Great beers on tap!
  • Jordan E.
    Jordan EshpeterSeptember 21, 2014
    We only stopped in for their breakfast, but revelled in the tasty food and hip decor. Will be back.
  • Trina
    TrinaAugust 4, 2014
    Although its communal rooms are available for as little as $24, Kex looks more like a trendy boutique hotel. After enjoying an organic breakfast in the dining room, guests can retreat to Kex’s ... Read more
  • Jóna D.
    Jóna DöggJuly 27, 2014
    The burger at the bar is awsome.. a little expensive but really worth it :)
  • Peadar M.
    Stay here or miss out
  • Mary Q.
    Mary Quite ContraryMarch 23, 2014
    Hipster hangout for sure. Cool selection of beers & liquor.
  • Steph W.
    Steph WMarch 17, 2014
    Help yourself to the bread bar next to the front of the kitchen with your dinner.
  • Lisa N.
    Lisa NuskeMarch 4, 2014
    This hostel is incredible. Clean, hipster but not pretentious, fantastic breakfast every morning, cool bar with great food at night, staff are friendly & helpful. The world needs more KEX hostels!
  • BellevilleZoo P.
    BellevilleZoo ParisFebruary 22, 2014
    Kex Hostel • Bar & Restaurant • Great local craft beers, good food: try Grilled pork rib that goes perfectly with the Mixed salad, (oil-dressing and onions in sour beer).
  • giö
    giöFebruary 11, 2014
    delicious lunch 👏 and hope breakfast to. so cool here 😍
  • Elyse B.
    Elyse BouvierDecember 27, 2013
    Just go for the burger. You know you want to. Oh, and sit by the window and look over the stunning bay and mountains.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew B.November 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The interior looks like it was decorated by Wes Anderson's set designers. The bar/restaurant has great food and a good selection of Icelandic microbrews.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew B.November 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    A former biscuit factory converted to a cool hotel/hostel;
  • Helen C.
    Helen ChauNovember 12, 2013
    Awesome jazz night on Tuesdays, definitely worth checking out!
  • Joni
    JoniNovember 2, 2013
    Really good shredded pork smorrebrod
  • stefan p.
    stefan pAugust 2, 2013
    Really nice hostel in an old cookie factory.
  • Martin H.
    Martin HoJuly 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They have good Icelandic water
  • Sergey S.
    Sergey SorokinJune 26, 2013
    Really like all the vintage items around
  • Zac W.
    Zac WitteJune 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The barber shop is open Thursdays 7-10pm and it's 4500 ISK
  • Eliza Ariadne K.
    Eliza Ariadne KJune 17, 2013
    Worth dropping by the uber-cool bar even if you're not staying here (40something € for a bunk bed per night seems a bit excessive, no? It's still a bunk bed after all.)
  • John R.
    John RogersJune 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great bar, great menu, great atmosphere, great decor, great entertainment, great rooms, awful wi-fi connection.
  • Valur Thor G.
    Valur Thor GunnarssonApril 26, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Úlfur Úlfur ...double IPA
  • Kai A.
    Kai AlajokiMarch 10, 2013
    Hipster warning!
  • Alter E.
    Alter EgoFebruary 14, 2013
    Amazing place, supreme kitchen!
  • Giovanni V.
    Giovanni VocaleJanuary 6, 2013
    Best hostel ever!!
  • Márcio P.
    Márcio PinhoJanuary 2, 2013
    Awesome atmosphere, good bar (bar closes at 11pm though)
  • uɐɥ uɐıɾ
    uɐɥ uɐıɾDecember 20, 2012
    Stick & arrange alphabets on the wall near reception,it's fun
  • Valur Thor G.
    Valur Thor GunnarssonDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Check out the draft stout
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly HimeNovember 2, 2012
    Very cool, comfortable, great beer selection and delicious food. Try the beet salad!
  • Nicky D.
    Nicky DigitalNovember 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're not staying at Kex while in Reykjavik you should at least stop bye for a coffee or a beer!
  • Brennan N.
    Brennan NovakOctober 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome place! Like the Ace Hotel PDX or NYC, very cool old timey aesthetic, great food, and affordable dorm style hostel or private rooms!
  • Pälle K.
    Pälle KarlssonSeptember 27, 2012
    Love the staff and the food and atmosphere. Enjoy! :)
  • Hjörtur E.
    Hjörtur EinarssonSeptember 24, 2012
    Have some kex. It's tasty!
  • Hördur Christian S.
    Easily the coolest Hostel in Iceland, retro and hip design, nice and cute staff and laid back atmosphere.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GreenJuly 27, 2012
    Best Hostel in Europe
  • Stefanía B.
    Stefanía BjarneyJune 24, 2012
    The beet root salad is excellent! Fresh and tasty.
  • Megan R.
    Megan RileyJune 12, 2012
    Should be on anyone's list when staying in Reykjavik!
  • Berner
    BernerJune 6, 2012
    THE place to stay. Great vibe , good location, killer bar. Just don't get suckered into breakfast
  • Pétur R G.
    Pétur R GuðnasonApril 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Check schedule on Facebook and look out for jazz on Tuesdays (free entrance).
  • Steve M.
    Steve MunnellyMarch 10, 2012
    Honestly the best hostel I've stayed in.
  • Evgenia U.
    Evgenia UglovaNovember 2, 2015
    Вид на океан, прекрасные концерты, вкусный стаут.
  • Reka R.
    Reka Ross KlossDecember 31, 2014
    Os corredores dos quartos te fazem sentir em um filme de terror. Um bom filme de terror. Isso é um elogio.
  • Helgi Þór J.
    Helgi Þór JónssonFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Nautasalat og Djákninn á Myrká. Namminamm
  • Helgi Þór J.
    Helgi Þór JónssonFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Nautasalatið er alveg að gera sig, mæli hiklaust með því. Djákninn á Myrká á kantinum ;)
  • Iceland I.
    Iceland IslandeJuly 6, 2013
    Toujours aussi cool comme lieu et il y a toujours une surprise musicale lorsque je viens, la terrasse est un must pour les longues journées d'été....
  • Leena A.
    Leena AhokasOctober 21, 2012
    A bar, hostel etc worth visiting
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