Elizabeth Podlesnik

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; fremontcoffee.net), 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; westwardseattle.com), 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.

Sate your sweet tooth

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

Hygge at Home

Bring home some coziness from the Pacific Northwest, inspired by the Danish concept of hygge.


Elizabeth Podlesnik

1 + 2  You’ll be ready to hibernate when you’re wrapped in wool blankets from The Phinery (7601 Greenwood Ave N Ste 101) and Filson (*1741 First Ave S), whose one-of-a-kind Smokey Bear blanket, a Pendleton collaboration celebrating 75 years of the firefighting bear, can only be purchased at the company’s SoDo flagship or online.

3  Herbaceous candles from Freeman Seattle (713 Broadway E) are perfect for lighting up your life on short days.

4 + 5 + 6  Hunker down with books like A Woman’s Guide to the Wild by PNW-based Ruby McConnell; a brightly scented candle; and coffee in this stoneware mug; all from Camelion Design (5330 Ballard Ave).

7  Corral your matches with this cute match striker from Fruitsuper (524 First Ave S).

8  Macrina Bakery’s (various locations) chocolate chip cookies heat you up from the inside out.


*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