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.
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.
In the hygge spirit of appreciating your natural surrounds, enjoy a springtime picnic underneath blossoming cherry trees at the University of Washington (*washington.edu) with a spread from nearby artisan grocer Metropolitan Market (5250 40th Ave NE; metropolitan-market.com). Don’t skip “The Cookie” for a famously indulgent dessert.
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.
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; glassybaby.com) shops to pick up a hand-blown votive of your own.
For hygge style with Pacific Northwest flair, pick up a Filson (*5101 Ballard Ave NW; filson.com) 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; marinearea7.com) in Madison Park, an aesthetic dream with a vintage collection of kitchen items, housewares, linens, and books.
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