Matt McDonald/500px

How to Hygge, Seattle Style

The Danish concept of cozy living and simple pleasures has taken the world by storm. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to embrace the hygge state of mind in the Pacific Northwest. 

Cozy up at a local coffee house

Order a hot drink, bring a magazine, and stay awhile at one of Seattle’s homier cafes like Fremont Coffee Company (459 N 36th St;, a converted three-bedroom with comfy couches and porch seating.


Enjoy each other’s company (and the great view)

Bundle up with friends around the toasty beachside fire pit at Westward (*2501 N Northlake Way;, boasting prime views of Lake Union and Adirondack chairs perfect for relaxing with drink in hand. Added bonus: The restaurant provides woolen blankets for outdoor lounging.

Picnic under the cherry blossoms

In the hygge spirit of appreciating your natural surrounds, enjoy a springtime picnic underneath blossoming cherry trees at the University of Washington (* with a spread from nearby artisan grocer Metropolitan Market (5250 40th Ave NE; Don’t skip “The Cookie” for a famously indulgent dessert.


Sate your sweet tooth

Head to Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery (1650 E Olive Way; in Capitol Hill for a signature jar of molten chocolate cake, or freshly toasted marshmallows right at your table.

courtesy glassybaby

Live by candlelight

No recipe for hygge is complete without a flickering candle glow, so why not spring for one that’s reached celebrity status in Seattle and beyond? Stop by one of the several glassybaby (multiple locations; shops to pick up a hand-blown votive of your own.


Get that hygge look

For hygge style with Pacific Northwest flair, pick up a Filson (*5101 Ballard Ave NW; wool blanket or flannel at the 120-year-old retailer’s new outpost in Ballard, or stop in at Marine Area 7 (2814 E Madison St; in Madison Park, an aesthetic dream with a vintage collection of kitchen items, housewares, linens, and books.


*Visit Seattle Partner


Seattle’s best every month in your inbox

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Book Your Trip

Partner Advertisements