There’s a Danish word that I particularly like, and it’s hygge, It is linked etymologically to “hug”, and has a sense of belonging, comfort, togetherness. The Danes prize this idea of “being together and enjoying life” above everything else: it is explained in The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking, who describes the Danish way to live well. In everyday life, looking for hygge means giving importance to the small things, spending quality time with family, baking cakes, lighting a perfumed candle, having a cup of tea (or two), relaxing. But it also means to reject expensive brands and consumption, choosing simplicity and homemade items instead. A new trend that is also influencing interior design, with the idea of giving people a sense of hygge when they eat out. And it’s no surprise that Copenhagen is considered the capital of hygge.
Hygge Places in Copenhagen
Did you know that the Danes are passionate coffee drinking people? Well, they are. I said once that Copenhagen smells of sugar and butter; it also smells of roasted coffee. When I was there some months ago, I went café-hunting – as usual. I saw a lot of places where I would have liked to stop for lunch or an afternoon break, but I had to make a choice. And these are the ones I tested.
Looking for a good cup of tea on Saturday morning, we found this old style tea room which looks a bit like Alice in Wonderland. There’s a small shop where you can buy leaf tea bags, tea caddies, honey dippers and lovely tea pot cozies. Their teas are delicious. I had Roiboos Vanille, which was served with ginger cookies. In the afternoon you can order a full high tea. High prices, but also excellent quality. The address is Kronprinsensgade 5.
In the heart of the University suburb (Skindergade), we bumped into this small café for dinner. It looked cozy and warm, which was what we were looking for. It was freezing outside, and it was getting late. So we decided to go in, and we did the right choice. Few dishes, all well prepared and tasty with some vegetarian options, in a relaxing atmosphere. They also offer brunch.
Located in Vesterbro, this small café offers brunch, lunch and good coffee. Their organic cinnamon bun and blueberry granola yogurt are perfect for a delicious breakfast. Definitely a hygge place where you want to spend some sweet hours with friends. Or with a good book.
If you want to try raw food, I can recommend 43 Raw, Pilestræde 32. I found this very Nordic-style place by chance, and it was a nice surprise. They offer brunch, salads, bowls and sandwiches, all made with raw ingredients and vegan. Maybe this is not a typical hygge place, but it was for me. I was cold, exhausted and in need of something healthy to eat, since I had flu. And the avocado toast, the raw cookies and a large cup of tea made me feel better.