As winter deepens, it’s time to relax, slow down, warm up and transition to a hygge lifestyle. Pronounced “fugue,” hygge is the ultimate in coziness, a feeling of warmth and comfort. Consider snuggling up on a snowy day. Those feelings are hygge personified. A simple comfort intended to create a cozy and comfortable atmosphere.
Candles, throw blankets, oversized sweaters, thick socks, sweets and hot drinks are all included in hygge.
You may not be familiar with the word Danish, but I’m sure you have. And you can recreate it here in your home in Pittsburgh, or find a place in Scandinavia where you can move.
hygge at home
PGH Candle provides a lit atmosphere with local flare. Candles are locally inspired and hand poured. The North Side storefront has a selection that every candle collector will love. 839 Phineas Street, North Side
Another must-have for setting the mood is Greta’s Soil Candle. These are handmade soy candles made in Pittsburgh that will warm any home. The minimalist design is perfect for enhancing your sense of Scandinavian style. 269 Republic Street, Duquesne Heights
Puzz is the perfect addition to any cozy corner of your home. This local online puzzle company has updated classic jigsaw puzzles with a chic vintage flair. More than just puzzles made for true gaming enthusiasts, this woman-owned business works with other female artists to create gorgeous designs. Pick it up, open the box, and find those corner pieces.
What’s more comfortable than a fuzzy sweater and scarf? Sewickley Yarns has all the concepts you need to get ready for hygge. If you already know how to knit, you have all the supplies you need for your next project. For those new to knitting, there are drop-in classes as well as weekly “help” classes to help solve pesky problems. 435 Beaver Street, Sewickley
Millvale’s McWalker Yarns have skeins to scoop and socks to knit. A yarn for knitters of all levels and the perfect hobby to evoke a sense of hygge. Grab your knitting needles and check social media for upcoming classes and workshops. 303 Grant Avenue, Millvale
Pass Lawrenceville Market House and stop at Storehouse Neutral. A chic, modern aesthetic brings hygge style to accessories and home décor. Hygge is often described as a sensation, but setting up a space in your home or office can conjure up the feeling of warm winters. 4112 Butler Street, Lawrenceville
PG&H is an online directory that serves as a platform for local artisans whose handiwork can set a more Scandic scene. Find furniture and decorations that evoke feelings of a quiet and cozy lifestyle. All featured craftsmen are local artisans.
The Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange in the Strip District is where you can buy gourmet coffees and teas to warm up the winter. Millvale’s Abeille Voyante Tea Co. is a staple when buying loose leaf his teas. Offering a variety of blends, shop highlights include Pittsburgh-themed teas such as Calm Dahn and Nebby Chai. 2005 Penn Ave, Strip District & 211 Grant Avenue, Millvale
If you’re craving some cocoa, stop by Mon Aimee Chocolat. This Strip District staple is where you get your chocolate to drink, so you can mix it into hot chocolate at home in no time. 2101 Penn Avenue, The Strip District
chill out in the city
For a little hygge outside the home, head to Margaux. Cafe is the perfect combination of cafe and bar. A European-inspired space for small snacks, coffees and cocktails. 5947 Penn Avenue, East Liberty
Cafe Conmigo is Wexford’s answer to Danish coziness. Surrounded by healthy plants, pleasant conversation reverberates. You can also buy blankets at the cafe and enjoy a cup of tea or hot cocoa with your friends. 10 North Meadow Drive, Wexford
Emerson’s has that effortless Nordic style, with clean modern lines and minimalist décor you’d expect to find in a swanky-chic Copenhagen eatery. Cocktail lounge with quality menu. Don’t miss Wednesday’s half bottle of wine. 435 Market Street, 2nd Floor, Downtown
Fet-Fisk is a Nordic pop-up restaurant that has been serving delicious food and dinners around the city since 2019. Shaler’s ready-to-eat markets and farms soon followed, bringing a Nordic fusion of local Pennsylvania produce. A full-service restaurant is due to open in Bloomfield soon, but in the meantime, from May through November, you can find it at Bloomfield’s Saturday His Market at 5050 Liberty Ave.
350 Bakery bakes delicious treats, but what works incredibly well are cinnamon rolls and sticky buns. No homely hygge moment would be complete without a sticky, sweet pastry. 2427 S 18th St., Southside
Allegro also makes gorgeous plant-based pastries, so even vegans and vegetarians can partake in a hygge-inspired snack. 2034 Murray Ave, Squirrel Hill
Nordic countries know how to sauna. In fact, Finland has more saunas than cars, and the time spent in them is hygge-approved. Aura Sauna Studio is the place to go for an infrared therapy sauna session. They offer monthly packages or memberships as well as single sessions. 2004 Smallman Street, Suite 2004, Strip District
Relieve stress at the Melt Sauna Studio. The sauna studio is a trial price for the first time, so first-timers are also very welcome. Stirs up serotonin levels in the dead of winter. 2605 Nicholson Road, Wexford
Want to experience a sauna in the privacy of your own home? Brownnox’s Warm Timber offers a portable sauna that can be easily transported to your home.