Hygge is about dreams - and ours was to open a café where guests can come and truly be themselves, a café with a relaxed and heart-warming atmosphere full of good food and drinks. This café would be a place that captures what the Danes really do best, the life force underneath the Danish culture - their hygge.
With 16 years of professional experience from the catering industry within Copenhagen, we strive to provide our guests with a service they shall not soon forget. We are 'people' people, and that means that we are genuinely curious to find out more about you, and bringing personality back into your service, whether it's a casual chat about the wonders of life or just the highlights from your day.
Our idea of having a café based around 'hygge' comes from our desire to always feel at home wherever we are - to create an environment in which we can truly relax in.
Just below you can read about what we do to ensure your stay at Café Hygge is as welcoming and comfortable as possible.
Equality, righteousness and respect.
At Café Hygge we are not satisfied with the term 'good enough' - everything we do in the café is wholehearted whilst giving full priority to our guests' expectations and needs. We think that everyone visiting the café should be provided with the best experience, and we go a long way to do so. Here is how we do it:
An unsatisfied guest receives a new product or their money back if we're made aware of any dissatisfaction before the product has been consumed.
Our satisfaction guarantee is our promise to you so that you can always have full confidence whenever you visit Café Hygge. Every day we aim to deliver the best and most professional experience to everyone who visits us, so you should never have to worry about dining with us.
From the very beginning, we agreed that interior and decor should reflect who we are as people (see 'About Us' at the bottom of the page). It has always been important that it should respect our individual cultural heritage, as well as represent the surroundings that we enjoy being in ourselves. The café is characterised by having many different types of furniture, interior, and items from what we like to call 'Granny's childhood home'.
The decoration painted on the walls of the café originates from Vivien's Hungarian roots - the decoration is called Kalocsa, which is both an embroidery style and the name of a city 130 km south of the capital, Budapest.
Despite the antique interior and relaxed atmosphere, Café Hygge is still on the beat.
Hygge & The Environment
As a café, it can be a very difficult task to remove all harmful elements from production, however, at Café Hygge we are doing everything we can to provide a greener future. We have allied with suppliers who can provide environmentally friendly and compostable products, minimising on waste. All of our cleaning materials are labelled with the official Svanemærke (Swan label) and EU Flower, and do not contain perfume or colorants. A large part of our takeaway packaging is made of bioplastic such as corn starch, making them 100% compostable. Napkins in the cafe bear the FSC label, which support the fact that no more trees are cut down than the forests can manage to reproduce. And yes, even the power is green!
All our furniture and decorations in the café were all purchased 2nd hand or recycled, resulting in less waste (and also means they have a wonderful backstory!). It also means that all of the elements come with a little bit of hygge experience - adding perfectly to our vibe.
Our menu and methods of prepping and cooking in the kitchen are selected with great regard for food waste. We strive to make full use of all raw materials every day to ensure the least possible strain on both the environment and (equally as important) - your wallet. It is not only common sense to reduce food waste, but it is also healthy for the economy.
We can be found at Nørrebrogade 28, which is in the hippest and colourful district of Copenhagen, housing an exciting and diverse array of people. The cultural melting pot surrounding the café offers lots of small designer shops, second-hand stores and cosy streets. Ask us if you need any inspiration as to what might be interesting for you to see in the area - we're happy to give you tips, so just go off and discover!
A few hundred meters up the road you'll find the Assistens' Cemetery (the one with the yellow wall) where it is possible to see the tombs of several famous names such as H. C. Andersen, Søren Kirkegaard and the rapper Natasja Saad. The cemetery has a lot of green areas where people go for coffee dates or to have a picnic, soaking in the gorgeous scenery.
In the opposite direction (towards the inner city) we have the Queen Louise's Bridge, which is a prime hang out spot when the sun is beaming down. In good weather, young and old gather together on the bridge after school or work, taking time to slow down and relax for a while. Pack a lunch and find a cosy spot - it really is something to experience!
Age: 24 år
Background: Came to Denmark in 2013. 3 years in the restaurant sector in Copenhagen. Bachelor in International Hospitality Management. Educated Barista.
Motivation: Always wanted to have her own little company, being able to talk to guests. Has a passion for baked goods, cakes and experimenting with healthy food.
Personal interests: Healthy living, yoga, embroidery, travelling, saving the environment, cooking, books about food and nutrition, culture and language.
Age: 30 years
Background: Grew up in Greater Copenhagen. 13 years in the restaurant sector in Copenhagen. Bachelor in International Hospitality Management.
Motivation: Always wanted to have his own place. Natural need for having people around him. To give an extraordinary experience, when guests expect the mundane.
Personal interests: Running and weightlifting, MC, travelling, books about personal development, Backgammon and table tennis.
When you meet Ms. Right...
At the start of my International Hospitality Management studies in August 2015, I fell in love. Whilst the education was exciting at first, something (or someone) else held my attention for the summer. That summer quickly turned into months, and that someone was Vivien - Hungarian girl from my new parallel class. I'd never felt that I was particularly good at 'wooing', but I must have done something right. It certainly took some time, but with some persuasion (and perseverance), she slowly began to show interest in me too. Then, at the end of November, we finally became 'a couple'.
Oddly enough, Vivien had just finished her A.P. degree in Service Management, where she had written a project about starting up her own food store in Copenhagen. When I came to learn this, I immediately started drawing and telling her how I'd wanted to start my own business for the last 10 years, but how I also felt that it would be too hard to start such an enterprise alone. As we looked at each other, Vivien's smile told me that she was equally as excited by the thought as I was. This was it - an opportunity had emerged. An opportunity to start something together, something where we could use each other's strengths - and help each other in our challenges.
This became the start of Vivien's and my adventure to start our own place - Café Hygge.
- Christian Kronborg, May 2018.