The Madrona wine bar and bottle shop encourages guests to "dwell, drink, be well" (its motto) with a rustic, laidback atmosphere.
Baked goods and pastries are a key element of hygge, and this bakeshop specializes in Scandinavian sweets like kringles, cinnamon rolls, and Danishes. Pair your treat of choice with a cardamom latte for maximum coziness.
Bookstore Bar & Cafe
This book-lined, brick-walled bar gives you the pleasant sense of drinking in a library. Settle in with a warming whiskey-based libation and a good novel.
Brimmer & Heeltap
Ballard's comfortable neighborhood gastropub and bistro is the perfect place to linger over a craft cocktail. Make sure to admire the copper penny-tiled floor, which took over 7500 cents to achieve.
Recently opened in South Lake Union, this Scandinavian-inspired cafe aims to promote the hygge lifestyle, serving specialty coffee from Hagen Coffee Roasters, as well as family-recipe pastries, "brunch selections by a Michelin star chef," snacks, beer, and wine.
South Lake Union
Weather got you down? Peruse a magazine over an order of croque madame at chef Jim Drohman's relaxed Parisian-style cafe.
If you're in search of excellent espresso and impeccable European-style pastries with a modern twist (like Earl Grey croissants and savory breakfast galettes), you'll find them at this neighborhood Greenwood bakery.
The Cozy Nut
With a warm woodsy interior and quirky taxidermy-squirrel decor, this pint-sized neighborhood bar feels like a hidden forest nook.
Damn the Weather
Just like the name suggests, star bartender Bryn Lumsden's brick-walled Pioneer Square bar is an ideal place to seek solace from an inclement day with a craft cocktail.
Another Scandinavian-inflected coffee shop, this Ballard cafe serves Stumptown coffee, beer, pastries from Salmonberry Goods, cardamom buns, and Danish smørrebrød-style sandwiches.
The Fat Hen
This bright, bustling Ballard space is a brunch favorite for its baked egg skillets, eggs Benedict, and house-made pastries.
Named after the Norse goddess of love who rides a chariot pulled by two cats, this cafe inside the Nordic Museum offers Scandinavian food like smørrebrød (Danish open-faced sandwiches), Danish dogs made with Uli's sausage, and "personal smorgasbords" (spreads of meat, cheese, and pickles with names like "Mormor's Pantry"). You'll also find soups, salads, beer, wine, and craft cocktails made with the Scandinavian spirit aquavit and the Icelandic spirit brennivin.
General Porpoise Doughnuts
With white walls, marble counters, and pops of cheery color, Renee Erickson's lovely doughnut shop serves yeasted doughnuts with seasonal jams, jellies, curds, and custards alongside espresso from a variety of roasters.
Harry's Fine Foods
This Capitol Hill corner-store-turned-bistro offers a convivial, welcoming space and comfort food like grilled cheese, chicken and waffles, and their signature French fries, showered with fried rosemary and sage and a sprinkle of salty cheese.
Warm yourself by the crackling hearth of the historic Hotel Sorrento's elegant, opulent Fireside Room, filled with plush, overstuffed couches and leather armchairs—its legendary coziness earned it its spot as the site of the monthly Silent Reading Party.
Pike Place's tiny Spanish-inspired bar is bathed in soft golden light and serves tinned fish, Iberian wine, and cocktails.
This downtown gem from former Le Gourmand sommelier David Butler is the next best thing to stopping into a Parisian wine bar, with charcuterie and cheese boards and French-inspired specials.
Sip a glass of natural wine from the well-curated selection and listen to vinyl at this South Park wine shop.
After shopping for books at Elliott Bay Book Company, get some reading (another hygge activity) done with a hot drink and pastries in Little Oddfellows' bright, hip cafe space.
In business since 1965, this Queen Anne bakery is known for its curiously named traditional Danish treats, like the "potato" (a pastry puff filled with custard and whipped cream, covered with a layer of marzipan, and dipped in Dutch cocoa powder) and the "snitter" (a sort of flat cinnamon roll).
This charming, recently opened wine bar in Beacon Hill from the owners of Vif (below) serves wine by the glass and bottle alongside small plates. Their "bottle sharing" program allows patrons to open a bottle of wine from their selection to split with other guests at "by the glass" prices—the current offerings are scrawled on a chalkboard by the bar.
This posh, dimly lit downtown lounge's wood paneling, velvet draperies, fireplace, and luxurious leather seating make it a swanky spot to warm up.
Preserve & Gather
Come for the beautiful geometric wallpaper at this Greenwood cafe, which is WiFi-free to encourage guests to use it as a gathering space; stay for the house-made pastries, fruit preserves, granola, yogurt, and more.
Get cozy with blankets and outdoor heaters at this seasonally inspired Italian restaurant in Ballard.
Skal Beer Hall
This Viking-influenced Scandinavian beer hall, named for the Norwegian word for "cheers," features craft beer, wine, cider, mead, and specialty cocktails.
You'll find breakfast, cookies, pastries, desserts, cakes, coffee, and other hot beverages at this popular local bakery.
First Hill and Queen Anne
This beloved Wallingford neighborhood haunt provides updated comfort food and a warm atmosphere.
Fremont's airy cafe/restaurant/natural wine shop is ideal for wholesome, nourishing fare any time of day.
The Whale Wins
With a rustic wood-fired oven and plenty of natural light, this Renee Erickson spot serves local, seasonal small plates. On Mondays, you can get a cassoulet (a famously luxurious French stew) with confit duck legs, andouille sausage, white bean ragout, and breadcrumbs for two for $40.