With the beginning of 2018 upon us, spirits are high and New Years resolutions have begun. However, the sunny beach days are still out of sight, and we are yet to adorn our shorts whilst drinking a cold beer. So wrap up warm, as we give you an insight into all things hyggelig in Barcelona
Definition of hyggelig: A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that promotes a feeling of contentment or well-being.
All good days start with a delicious brunch affair, whether that’s after a day of sight seeing or simply as a treat on the weekend. Granja Petitbo, located on the edge of Eixample, is one of many great spots with everything from huevos rancheros to pancakes, fresh and healthy food to get you in a cosy mood. For the ultimate “hygge” experience, bring your friends and family and spend the whole morning here.
Address: Passeig de Sant Joan, 82, 08009 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: +34 932 65 65 03
Nothing beats a good walk, in the crisp winter air of Barcelona. For a panoramic view of the city, often ventured by the runners of Barcelona, head to La Carretera de les Aigües. Take the Funicular de Vallvidrera one third of the way up, and walk the rest of the way – it is well worth the walk once you get to the top. Wrap up warm in a cosy coat, and have a good chat as you make your way to a spectacular viewpoint of the city.
Trainers are recommended.
The Horta Labyrinth
If a hike up the hill doesn’t sound like your thing, then getting lost in The Horta Labyrinth might be more up your street. Located on the outskirts of the city, this 820-yard long labyrinth is a great place to spend an afternoon. Designed in 179 by Domenico Bagutti, the Italian engineer, it is Barcelona’s oldest garden and also boasts the home of the Torre Soberana.
Address: Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: +34 666 67 77 22
The Antic Theatre is a wonderful place to explore new art and productions, or merely grab a drink with a few friends and have a good time. Located in the Old Town, it consists of an open-air terrace, surrounded by traditional buildings. There is currently a 60 minute play on, called Rebota Rebota Y En Tu Cara Explota, by Agnes Mateus and Quim Tarrida. Often busy at night, frequented by the young students of the city, the enchanting atmosphere whilst on the terrace is the perfect place for a cosy night.
Address: Carrer de Verdaguer i Callís, 12, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: +34 933 15 23 54
La Bodega d’em Rafael
Many relate “hygge” to a cosy and dimly lit environment, which creates a good atmosphere with lots of chatty people. If this is what you are looking for, then head to La Bodega d’em Rafael, a friendly and cheap bar, open all day long and run by Rafael himself. Spend the evening here eating homemade traditional tapas with the friendliest of people!
Address: Carrer de Manso, 52, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: +34 934 42 56 24
Wander the streets of Barcelona
Another typical day of hyggelig in Barcelona is simply spending the day wandering the everlasting streets of Barcelona, looking at artisan boutiques and independent designers. El Born has many of these boutiques and art galleries, however Carrer Peu de la Creu is also a great location to start. When it gets too cold, you can head to the Arús Public Library, for an untouched place to relax and unwind with a book or magazine. The library was originally a private home. Its glass fronted cabinets and wooden shelves will transport you back in time – a reading spot that rivals many.
Address: Passeig de Sant Joan, 26, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: +34 932 56 59 50
Hyggelig in Barcelona
You will find an urban oasis on many street corners which will create a atmosphere of hyggelig in Barcelona that you need in the winter months. However, the simplest way to feel “hygge” is in the comfort of your own home. Light some candles, grab a blanket and a good book. By adding a few touches to your home, or even spending an evening with family and friends, “hygge” is never too far away.
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By Olga Rosenfalck