We can thank the Danes for this word that is equal parts difficult to translate as it is to pronounce. At its core, it’s about bringing ‘cosiness’ into your life, and what better season to celebrate cosiness than in winter. Here’s some ways you can introduce hygge into your life on your next Canberra stay.
Cosy is synonymous with toasty in our books, and what could be more toasty than spending time indoors, nestled by a fireplace? Start your day with coffee and breakfast by RYE’s fireplace. Then head over to the heritage listed Brassey Hotel for an indulgent beauty treatment and lounge by their fireplace at Hale Gym + Spa. Cap the day off with a glass of wine or cocktail fireside at Monster Kitchen and Bar.
Getting in touch with nature plays a role in hygge so why not take a moment to unwind and explore Canberra’s natural wonders. From a leisurely stroll through the Australian National Botanic Gardens to a day spent enjoying snow play at Corin Forest, experience Australia’s Bush Capital at a slower pace this winter. Take in the region on horseback with Burnelee Excursions - start your day with a two hour scenic ride through the countryside before enjoying Canberra region wines over a lunch of local produce.
Enjoying the company of family and friends and discussing topics both big and small is another way to bring hygge into your life. What better way to prompt conversation than attending one of Canberra’s intellectually stimulating festivals?
The theme of this year’s Canberra Writers Festival (25-27 August) is Power, Politics, Passion, which reflects Canberra’s love affair with learning, knowledge and leadership and is a must visit for book lovers. With events held at venues across Canberra, join in a workshop, attend a lunch or intimate dining event or hear from the great storytellers of our time at a panel or conversation session. The Scandinavian Film Festival (18 July – 2 August) will return to Palace Electric Cinema - transport yourself to the home of hygge with some of the best film from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
Warming up over a hearty meal – what could be cosier? The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region and Canberra’s only trufferie The Truffle Farm Canberra will bring the taste of truffles to visitors through a series of dinners, events and hunts. The newly refurbished Pulp Kitchen invites visitors to enjoy French bistro dining in the heart of Canberra – think mushroom consommé, organic roast chicken and a flourless chocolate cake for a truly indulgent meal.
For the cosiest of winter meals, head out to Pialligo Estate for their three-course Sunday Roasts, held throughout winter. Imagine tucking into a succulent roast chicken, juicy leg of lamb or tender roast beef... we can almost taste it now.
Hygge is wrapped up with the concept of sentimentality. What could be more sentimental than revisiting attractions you may not have visited since your school days? A well-timed trip to Parliament House, the Royal Australian Mint and the Australian War Memorial when it’s a bit nippy outside sounds like a perfect plan to us.
Looking for more winter inspiration in Canberra? Your guide to winter weekends in Canberra this way.