Hygge is a Danish word that has no literal translation and it says a lot about Danes. The word that most closely describes Hygge is cozy; it’s often used to describe when you are with friends and are having a peaceful, fun, and comforting time. But Hygge can also be when are with family having a nice meal or something as simple as enjoying your own company.
I, personally, love the silence that you can experience in Copenhagen. Sounds weird, right? How can you experience silence in a city? Danish people love to party but they also enjoy their personal solitude and space so this city, which is situated with canals and the stretch between seas, is perfect to experience the best of both.
On dreary days in Copenhagen it is hard to find a crowd wandering around outside. But if you check the local coffee shops, pubs, and quaint restaurants (not McDonalds) you will find Hygge. I guarantee it.
My Tordenskjoldsgade Family’s Hygge meal at Paludan Cafe (a library-like restaurant)
On days where the weather is warm, all of Copenhagen seems to come alive and you will find this atmosphere as hyggelit as on dreary days when Danes and exchange students (we adopt this lifestyle) will huddle near a fire and enjoy meals.
This place is truly a hidden gem. It can be windy and cold, at times it snows while other times it rains. On these days you can walk to where the canal opens to the sea and hear the slapping of water on the boats bundled up with a coffee in hand. But get Copenhagen on a day where the wind is only slightly blowing, where the skies are blue and the mocking birds are everywhere and you’ll understand this city’s beauty.