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“Very cool”
Review of 12 Tonar

12 Tonar
Ranked #3 of 86 Shopping in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 10 May 2014

You will feel way cooler than you are while browsing through the amazing selection of music. Totally worth a visit.

2  Thank maxbmom
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

I agree with the other reviews, the store is great, the owner is very helpful and friendly, and the ability to listen to music before you buy it is awesome. There was a table full of recommended Icelandic artists and that was a great jumping off point to discover new music.

2  Thank Lisa K
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

12 Tonar has a justly outstanding reputation as a purveyor of Icelandic music. The shop publishes new and upcoming Icelandic musicians on its own label as well as promoting everything musical about Iceland, from Bjork to Sigur Ros to wonderful classical musicians (and it has a very discriminating selection of classical music from elsewhere, as well). Even better, you can drink an excellent espresso while listening on headphones to the CDs of your choice! The staff answers questions and makes recommendations--if you want a souvenir of Iceland, don't buy a plush puffin--come to 12 Tonar.

2  Thank mickdevine
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

This is an amazing record store; it's so innovative. You can preview the CDs you want to buy in the store, even if they're wrapped up. The owners encourage you to rip the plastic and listen to anything you want. They have CD players and Discmans (!!) for you to listen. My friend listened to about 30 CDs while we were in the store (she bought about 15) and the owners were so patient and helpful. The prices are pretty comparable to CD prices in Canada, but I like supporting small, local business, especially if they're cool! Another wonderful thing is that the owners bring you tea or coffee while you're listening, because they're just awesome and want to make your experience just as awesome. I cannot say enough great things about this store. Please, please visit for a super cool experience!!

3  Thank Alison C
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

I honestly don't know why this record store is called the best in the world (I have seen much larger and varied collections other places), but it did for me exactly what I wanted. I was able to sit and listen to cuts on two compilation CDs, pick the band I really liked the best, and then buy their CD. I found out later that it would NOT have been available on I-Tunes, if I had chosen to go that route. The staff is pleasant and very knowledgeable.

2  Thank Monica94601
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