Kex Hostel, Reykjavik

I am back home after a wonderful few days in Reykjavik, Iceland, with a head full of new impressions and a camera full of pictures from DesignMarch (Iceland’s annual design festival) that I can’t wait to share with you! But first out is a tip on where to go for a great brunch or drinks in Reykjavik, or if you are a budget traveller to stay over night. It’s a place filled with cool vintage furniture, shipped over from the US, and the relaxed atmosphere will make you feel right at home. The name of the place is Kex, because it’s located in an old biscuit (=kex) factory in downtown Reykjavik. I love the industrial vintage style that can be seen throughout the entire hostel, and would have loved to stay for a barbeque at their cosy heated patio since I’ve heard that the restaurant was recently taken over by one of the best restaurateurs in the city.
All photos by me, shot with a Canon EOS M


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Ems Designblogg is all about Scandinavian style, soft minimalism and beautiful functionalism. The blog is Sweden's oldest interior design blog and has been up and running since 2005. I strive to fill it with a mix of inspirational and aspirational images from all over the world, while keeping true to my own voice and style, where transparency is key and creative criticism is highly valued. When I'm not blogging, I bake chocolate cakes for my kids, hang around Stockholm's cafés and drink way too many cappuccinos, do some occasional styling work, and try to fit in some inspiring travel adventures in between. If you have any suggestions, propositions for collaborations, other ideas or just want to say hi, throw an email at: