By embracing the Danish lifestyle trend of hygge we can shorten our dreary Pittsburgh winter

By embracing the Danish lifestyle trend of hygge, we can shorten our dreary Pittsburgh winter.

Now is the perfect time to unwind, take it easy, and get used to living a hygge lifestyle as winter wears on. Hygge, which is pronounced “hoo-ga,” is the height of cosiness. It is a sentiment of warmth and comfort. Picture yourself curled up on a snowy day. Hygge personifies those sensations. Simple comforts are used to create a homey, cosy atmosphere.

Hygge is characterised by candles, throw blankets, baggy sweaters, thick socks, sweets, and hot beverages.

Even though you might not be familiar with the Danish phrase, you have undoubtedly experienced it. You can either find a location that will transport you to Scandinavia or recreate it in your home right here in Pittsburgh.


Home hygge

Home hygge

PGH Candle provides a lit atmosphere with a regional flair. Hand-poured and with local inspiration, the candles. Any candle collector would adore the selection at the North Side shop. North Side, Phineas Street, 839

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Greta’s Soyil Candles are another essential for creating the right mood. These soy candles are made by hand in Pittsburgh and will add warmth to any home. The Scandinavian aesthetic is perfectly enhanced by the minimalist design. Duquesne Heights, 269 Republic St.

Puzz is the ideal addition to a quaint corner of the house. This regional online puzzle maker updated the traditional jigsaw puzzle with a stylish vintage aesthetic. The puzzles are not only made for true game enthusiasts, but this female-owned company also collaborates with other female artists to produce stunning designs. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, put on your cosiest sweats, open a box, and look for the corner pieces.

What could be cosier than a soft scarf or sweater? You can find all the accessories you need to prepare for hygge at Sewickley Yarns. If you are a knitter, they have everything you need for your upcoming project. There are drop-in classes and a weekly “help” class for knitters who need help with niggling issues. Sewickley, 435 Beaver Street

There are skeins to be gathered and socks to knit at McWalker Yarns in Millvale. It’s the ideal pastime to invoke the hygge feeling because there are yarns for knitters of any skill level. Be sure to check social media for upcoming classes and workshops before picking up your knitting needles. Grant Avenue, Millvale, 303

Stop at Storehouse Neutral after passing Lawrenceville Market House. The chic, contemporary look can add hygge style to clothing accessories and home furnishings. Despite the fact that hygge is frequently described as a state of mind, creating a space in your home or workplace can help you remember those content, cosy winter feelings. That motivation is provided by Storehouse. Lawrenceville, 4112 Butler St.

PG&H is an online resource that provides a platform for regional craftspeople whose creations could evoke a more Scandi setting. Look for furnishings and accents that convey the idea of a calm, cosy lifestyle. The featured makers are all regional artisans.

Gourmet coffees and teas can be bought at Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange in the Strip District, warming our winters. The Abeille Voyante Tea Co. in Millvale is a go-to place to buy loose leaf tea. The shop’s highlights include the Pittsburgh-themed teas like Calm Dahn and Nebby Chai, which come in a variety of blends. 211 Grant Ave., Millvale, and 2005 Penn Ave., Strip District

Visit Mon Aimee Chocolat if you’re in the mood for a cup of cocoa. This Strip District institution is the best place to buy drinking chocolate so you can make a quick batch of hot chocolate at home. Strip District, 2101 Penn Avenue


Cuddle up in the city

Visit Margaux for some hygge outside the house. The cafe is the ideal fusion of a cafe and a bar; it is a place for light fare, coffees, and cocktails with European flair. Penn Avenue, East Liberty, 5947

Wexford’s response to the cosiness of Denmark is Cafe Conmigo. Surround yourself with cheery plants and listen to pleasant conversations buzzing in the distance. Additionally, you can buy a blanket at the cafe and cuddle up with your friend while drinking tea or hot cocoa. Wexford, 10 North Meadow Drive

Emerson’s has the effortless Scandi style you’d expect to see in a posh, trendy Copenhagen restaurant, with clean modern lines and a minimalist interior design. Don’t miss the Wednesday wine specials, which feature half-off bottles of wine. It’s a quality cocktail lounge with a menu to match. 2nd floor, 435 Market Street, Downtown

Owner Nik Forsberg of the Nordic pop-up restaurant Fet-Fisk, which has been serving up delectable dinners across the city since 2019, has just been named a 2023 James Beard Semifinalist. Soon after, a Shaler prepared food market and farms in Lincoln-Lemington and Volant emerged, bringing a fusion of regional Pennsylvania produce with a Norse influence. From May to November, you can find them at the Bloomfield Saturday Market at 5050 Liberty Ave. until they open a full-service restaurant in Bloomfield.

Daniel Harrison

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