We are big fans of hygge here at ecoHaven and winter seems the most natural season to embrace all things cosy, familiar, relaxing, simple and charming. Not familiar with this wonderful danish concept? Head to our earlier blog post to get up to scratch with hygge.
Although we understand that hygge often occurs at home, Hobart is full of wonderful places and spaces just ready for a hygge moment.
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Is there anything more hygge than tea and books? The comforting smell of tea leaves and books when walking through the doorway seems to initiate a deep exhale and gentle smile upon all its patrons. This beautiful store has all the organic tea, books and Womankind magazines a hygge aficionado needs. Perfect for a potter around, or to gather some hygge supplies to take home with you.
image via Alabama Hotel
You know when you just need to press reset, have a cup of tea and some quiet time to yourself? Alabama’s got you covered. It is such a treat to walk upstairs to their cosy lounge room, sink into a well-warn armchair with a huge mug of brewed chai and plenty of cushions. Nested in that arm chair amongst the indoor plants and retro decor, the muffled tones of the city sound so far away and inconsequential.
I must mention that this space is primarily a guest space and is not available to the public for large groups, work meetings, functions or events. This is an excellent solo or couples spot for a coffee or wine, but please be aware that Alabama's first priority is to create a wonderful space for its guests.
image via Wellington Park
As well as getting cosy inside, experiencing nature is also a big part of hygge. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful mountain on the city's doorstep, so I'd like to challenge you to pick a kunanyi walking track and immerse yourself in some cold but beautiful nature. To make your walk that little bit more hygge, make sure you are wearing plenty of warm clothing and pack a thermos of coffee or tea.
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There's nothing more hygge than gathering with loved ones and sharing a meal. Templo is a small, intimate and relaxed restaurant that serves up local food with an Italian bias. With a communal table and shared food, Templo is the perfect setting for a hygge evening.
Do you have a favourite hygge place around Hobart? Please let us know in the comments below.