How to hygge in Toronto

February 19, 2018 / Toronto

Have a hygge day

Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) is the Danish cure for the winter blues. Living hygge means to be warm, comfortable, and happy—whether you’re inside or outside. You don’t have to sit through a 10-hour flight to experience this Scandinavian way of life. Here is a list of things you can do this winter to stay warm and cozy in Toronto.


Blankets, candles, and throw pillows—these are just a few basic essentials to living hygge. Transform your space into a comfy paradise and stock up on a few cozy accessories at these stores.

Try a new hot drink.

Find yourself ordering the same vanilla latte every day? Toronto’s cold weather has inspired the city to open up hundreds of cozy cafés. Bring a book, order something different, and sink into a lush sofa.

Comfort food.

Who doesn’t love comfort food? From soups and sandwich pairings to, the Canadian favourite, poutine, feed your stomach and soul at one of these restaurants. Snow day? Relish at home with your new blankets and order Uber Eats.

Connect with nature.

Hygge isn’t only about staying warm inside. Trade your everyday fluorescent and digital monitor lights with some sunlight. Check out these outdoor trails and hikes for a breath of fresh air.

  • Hikes and trails

Plan a staycation or a weekend getaway.

Can’t commit to a trip to Norway? Toronto has a handful of hygge-esque boutique hotels right downtown. To escape the city lights, visit the Toronto Islands and stay at a local bed and breakfast instead.