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Cooking with love provides

food for the soul.

Savouring a hot drink on a cold day, sipping wine at sunset, sharing pastries with friends… Hygge is all about indulgence when it comes to food.

Since the beginning of times, meals were the time to get together, share stories, prepare the catch of the day on the fire that also brought warmth, comfort and protection. It created a feeling of belonging: this is your tribe and here you’re safe. Ok, nowadays we have fully equipped kitchens and central heating and we don’t have lions chasing us. Other than that, we still need to feel warm, comfortable and protected. That’s what hygge is all about. Your meals still offers the perfect opportunity to sit down, share events of the day and connect with your tribe or just yourself.

#1 – homemade

You don’t have to be an experienced chef to create a hygge food experience. The cooking itself is a big part of the hygge. There’s nothing like a home cooked meal and the rule of thumb is: the longer it cooks, the more hyggeligt it is.

homemade pasta, mushrooms and greens

#2 – dinner out

Don’t feel like cooking? Dinner out in a really cozy place is the next best thing. You can focus on your company while being looked after. Look for venues with a great ambiance, friendly staff and delicious food that make you feel like home.

dinner out: cozy restaurant

#3 – hot

Warm foods and drinks are comforting, especially on those cold and dark winter days. Warm yourself with mulled wine, hot tea or cocoa or have some homemade soup or stew that’s been simmering on the stove for hours or even days.

warm drink, hand holding a cup of hot tea in the cold outside

#4 – tradition

Create a food tradition that everyone can look forward to: seasonal dinners with your siblings, a yearly high tea with your college friends, a monthly potluck dinner with your friends, neighborhood drinks, themed weekdays with your family, etc.

food tradition: people at a picnic table with delicious foods and drinks

#5 – try new

We all have favorite dishes that we’ve made so often that we know them by heart. Once in a while it’s good to step out of your food comfort zones and get creative: bake a new recipe or try a new restaurant. Have fun exploring!

try new things, iPad with recipe on kitchen sink

#6 – share

Togetherness is one of the most important ingredients of hygge. What better way than to enjoy a meal together? Cook or bake something delicious and share it with friends, family or neighbors. Serve your meal hygge-style on large plates to share.

share food: woman with plateau of delicious food

#7 – mindful

Pay attention to what you’re making and what you’re eating. Let fresh ingredients go through your hands, cut the vegetables by hand, smell the herbs, chew slowly and taste the different textures and flavors. Treat your meal as an experience.

mindful: person cutting a zucchini in small pieces

#8 – events

Foods and drinks make a perfect theme for organizing a festive event. Have a tea, wine or chocolate tasting, throw your best friend an old fashioned high tea party or have a BBQ potluck style where everyone brings something homemade.

event with people on long tables raising their glasses with light strings on the ceiling

#9 – hearty

Take your pick from all these delicious hearty hygge food options: stew, soup, roast dinner, baked potato, meatballs, smoked salmon, sourdough rye bread, Smørebrod (traditional Danish open-faced sandwiches).

hearty food, bowl with soup made of vegetables and potatoes

#10 – sweets

Hygge is all about indulging the sweet life: treat yourself to some gingerbread, crumble and custard, roasted marshmallows, cookies, cakes, chocolate, pastries, desserts, ice cream.

sweet food, cinnamon rolls on a plate

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Characteristics of a Hygge Spot

We realize that the definition of a hygge place may vary slightly from person to person. However, as a guideline we use the following characteristics that are generally considered hygge.

Basic lighting
Basic lighting is the light you turn on when you enter the space. The light spreads evenly and doesn’t create too much effect or contrast. Think ceiling lamps, hanging lamps and build-in spots.

Atmospheric lighting
Atmospheric lighting is for creating…atmosphere. It’s a soft, indirect light that spreads throughout the space. This is called diffused light. Use different heights of atmospheric lighting for optimal results, for example table lamps, floor lamps and wall lamps.

Functional lighting
Functional lighting is focused light that enables you to see what you’re doing. It’s the light above your dinner table, the reading lamp next to your lazy chair and the spots above your kitchen sink.

Accent lighting
Accent lighting is used to single out a specific object or place and focus attention on it. This could be a painting or an architectonic detail.

Decorative lighting
Decorative lighting is about the esthetics of the armature itself. Lighting the space is not its purpose; it’s just there for the effect. Most of these light sources have little light output and stand out because of their appearance. Fireplaces and candles are also decorative lighting.

Hygge is the art of creating warmth, coziness and contentment in any given moment.

Hygge Hytte  means 'cozy cottage', a place where you can unwind and recharge.