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New in Town – August 2021

Every month, we tell you about Reykjavík’s newest restaurants, bars, hangouts, and more. What is hip and happening in and around the city? In this month’s edition: Monkeys, Hnoss, Selva, and Bruggstofan.


Monkeys is an exciting restaurant offering Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of Japanese recipes and traditions with Peruvian ingredients. Nikkei cuisine dates to the second half of the 19th century when Japanese immigrants settled in Peru and started to mix cooking techniques and flavours from Japan with Peru’s cuisine. For instance, miso, ginger, soy, wasabi, and rice vinegar are mixed with quinoa, bell peppers, Andean potatoes, and corn. A great addition to the Reykjavík culinary scene! Monkeys is located on the Hjartagarðurinn square.


Hnoss is scheduled to open at the end of August. It is a brand-new restaurant inside Harpa Concert Hall, run by i.a. Fanney Dóra, who previously worked as head chef at Skál! which received the Bib Gourmand Michelin guide award. The restaurant is open to all Harpa’s guests, and drinks and snacks are on offer before and after shows. Additionally, there is an a la carte menu with a pairing wine list. Focusing on local food, vegetable-oriented dishes are mixed with high-quality Icelandic fish and meat. A terrace connects the restaurant to the harbour and downtown areas, making it the perfect location for a short or long break.

New in town - Hnoss will open inside Harpa Concert Hall.
Hnoss will open inside Harpa Concert Hall.


Selva is a restaurant and bar offering true Latin cuisine combined with a varied rum and cocktail menu. Selva brings homemade recipes from South and Mid-America straight to the table, using fresh ingredients and flavourful spices. Simple and honest cooking are central to the dining experience, and they offer dishes that are great for sharing. Come and enjoy a true Latin vibe on this island in the middle of the North Atlantic! Selva is located at Laugavegur 12.


Bruggstofan is a barbecue and craft beer establishment in the heart of Reykjavík. They offer 16 different beers on tap from RVK Brewing Company. The beers are delivered straight from the brewery to Bruggstofan, ensuring they are as fresh as can be. Going well with beer, Bruggstofan offers an extensive American barbecue menu, which includes pork ribs, briskets, smoked sausages, and chicken as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes, all prepared using two smoke ovens. On weekends, they offer the already legendary Honkítonk brunch. They are located at Snorrabraut 56.

Bruggstofan, photo by Bruggstofan.

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