House of Hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”) opened in 2016, occupying an entire house. Owners William Browning and Sabrina Andersen want to be totally self-sufficient, so they planted a market garden in the backyard, and also have plans for chickens.

Inside, the couple drew upon its Danish heritage with minimalist design and clean lines dotted by quirky paraphernalia. The cafe’s name refers to the Danish concept of hygge, or creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying life’s small pleasures with good company. To that end there’s a “chillout” zone where you can make use of the free wi-fi to waste a few hours, and a kids area.

The menu showcases Danish cuisine with a focus on wholesome combinations and quality ingredients. For breakfast there’s smoked-salmon bruschetta or “Go Bananas!” porridge – a cinnamon porridge with pear and banana.

Smørrebrød (traditional Danish open sandwiches on rye) is a standout from the lunch menu. The rye is light and sweet; moreish toppings such as pulled pork are combined with pickled red cabbage, salted cucumbers and horseradish mayo.

There’s also a mixture of fresh salads, “hyggies” (their take on the famous hoagie) and traditional dishes such as Danish meatballs. A separate kids offering makes things easy for parents, $10.90 netting your squirt a toasted sandwich, fruit, yoghurt and orange juice.

Updated: January 18th, 2019

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