Ann Arbor is lucky to have so many quality coffee shops. I can't really think of a place still around I have been disappointed with.
You may be wondering what “hygge” is. Hygge is the Danish term for those feelings you get when you do something that makes you feel happy, safe, and cozy. You can hygge alone, but it is usually time well-spent with others. It could involve an outdoor activity, sharing a meal, or cuddling on the couch watching Netflix. It is more about connecting with others and less about the activity.
Ann Arbor is lucky to have so many quality coffee shops. I can’t really think of a place still around I have been disappointed with. But, if you’re looking for a place that really feels cozy to help create happy moments in your life, consider visiting what I consider to be Ann Arbor’s most hygge coffee shops:
The location on S. Industrial is my favorite because of all the eclectic furniture and local art displayed on the walls. They also roast their own beans. Lobster Butter Love is my cup of choice there.
The Main St location feels most hygge to me. Visiting downtown is always so pleasant but requires you to be on foot for a duration, even if you park and walk. If you’re coming in on a cold day, it’s so nice to sit where it is warm and friendly.
This coffee shop is part of the People’s Food Co-op so it definitely has the inclusive vibe hygge needs to thrive. There is a large bench that serves as seating for many of the tables, which really enhances the coziness.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room
Now, hear me out! They also serve coffee and baked good, and if you don’t mind the scent of incense, the upstairs cafe space is really quite lovely with large glass windows and a lot of seating. It also has its own serene atmosphere to make you feel safe.
Literati Coffee is a small space nestled among hundreds of books in Literati Bookstore. This fact alone gives it hygge points! But so does the wooden fixtures, hanging lamps, plants, the large windows, and the fact that they host a lot of community events, which can be an opportunity to connect with others.
SO hygge! Cozy tables, soft lighting, warm decor, delicious baked goods (many gluten free) great coffee.
Starbucks (State Street)
This is probably my favorite Starbucks because it has a fireplace. There is a lot of seating, small tables and also large group tables. It also has a lot of windows to let in light and daydream through.
This is an indoor Farmer’s Market, with two locations with the most hygge decor possible. They do serve coffee and the Liberty location has a greenhouse to sip it in and help shake off the winter blues.
How did I come up with this list of Ann Arbor’s most hygge coffee shops? According to Meik Wiking, Author and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Copenhagen, what makes a place feel hygge is:
- Natural furnishings and materials such as wood, brick, stone, and ceramic.
- Soft lighting by means of natural lighting, lamps, or candles. Fluorescent is not hygge.
- Fireplaces, books, vintage items, all of these are hyggelig.
What would you add to the list?
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