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The Pearl (Perlan), Reykjavik

(3.8/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web)
A city landmark, The Pearl (Perlan) features an exhibit space, shops, restaurant, and viewing platform. The ground-floor exhibit area, called the winter garden, has hosted expos, markets, and concerts by Icelandic artists. On the fourth floor, browse the three shops, including a year-round Christmas shop with an emphasis on Icelandic artwork. Walk around the building on the wraparound viewing platform, which offers a 360-degree look at the city and surrounding area. If you wander up to the top floor, you'll find a cafeteria and revolving restaurant. While the food can by pricey, the restaurant provides a truly special view of Reykjavik as it rotates. By using our Reykjavik trip itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to The Pearl (Perlan) and other attractions in Reykjavik.
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  • Beautifully designed building with exceptional views. A must stop if you are In the city. Interior and exteriors equally stunning. 
  • Similar to the Space Needle in Seattle, The Pearl offers a wonderful view off the city of Reykjavik. Even if the wind makes it nearly impossible to walk the whole thing, the view from inside is still ...  more »
  • Great atmosphere, quirky building with a good observation deck. Both formal and informal dining options. A good destination for a long walk from the city center. 
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  • Very nice place, good view, decent place to spend 30 minutes or so, didn't try the food however it smelled amazing and was full of locals.
  • It has views. And you can't see it when your on top of it. It's good addition.
  • Overall experience is average, wouldn't rate the restaurant as fine dinning. Visited with friends around early July, I have booked it in month in advance just in case. Food was average didn't cook the way we requested and the table we were sitting was bit dirty(table cover) but however service was good.
  • You can say that this is a landmark or a restaurant but this is just really hot water tanks to store hot water or they used to be. The tanks where updated in 1991 and the hemispherical structure was placed on top. At the time of building the Pearl was a controversy inhabitants did not really see the need for this, they where just happy this place being storage for hot water. The Pearl is a must see when i Reykjavik, specially in good weather, they have a viewing deck on the 4 floor. They also have a cafeteria but if you want to spend more I really do recommend the restaurant on the top floor.
  • Only recommend by good weather. 360° over Reykjavik and landscape. Inside is a restaurant and a small souvenir shop. Before the building is a forest with walking tracks. At least you can stay there 1-2h