Laugavegur is a charming and historical shopping street that runs through Reykjavik city centre, with numerous shops, cafÚs, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Laugavegur runs directly from down town ReykjavÝk to Laugardalur (e. hot spring valley). The name Laugavegur means the road to the hot springs or wash road, so named after the hot springs in Laugadalur, were the women of Reykjavik used to do their laundry. The walk for them was about 3.5 km (2.2 miles) each way.
The current Laugavegur is just over 2 km long (1.2 miles) however the most popular stretch is from BankastŠti street in the west to Hlemmur Square in the east. As there is no visible distinction , except small a small sign, where the two streets meet, BankastrŠti Street is in the mind of many people, a part of the Laugavegur shopping street. For many years, the Hlemmur Square, served as one of the city's main public transportation hub, but now it houses a popular food market. The main shopping street is 1 km (0.6 miles) long and will take you about 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other, if you don't get tempted to stop by one of the shops or restaurants along the way or make detours into one of the side streets.
A part of Laugavegur is now a pedistrian street and when the weather is good and on weekends, Laugavegur shopping street comes alive and fills up with people.
Shopping hours are usually from 09:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and 10:00 to17:00 on weekends, but bars and restaurants stay open much longer.