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Hygge, a Comforting Neighbor in South Park

By Rich Alossi
Published: Thursday, August 06, 2009, at 02:04PM
Hygge Bakery, Downtown Los Angeles Rich Alossi [Flickr]

Hygge: Pronounced "hoo-geh," the nearest English translation of the Danish word means "comfortable" or "cozy." But as Hygge Bakery's owner Rasmus Lee explains it, there's no clear analogy.

"It's a verb that means 'to enjoy life,'" Lee points out, explaining that life in the States is much more fast-paced than Europe.

Though it's only been in soft-opening mode for just over a month, the new Danish bakery in South Park has already gained a loyal following of local loftees and a surprising number of Danes living in the region. You can bet word travels fast.

The top seller is a flaky, lightly sweet creation called Spandauer, a must-try for a new inductee. "One of the resasons I opened a bakery is so that I can eat it myself," says Lee of the pastries, all baked fresh daily.

In addition to Danish pastries, also on offer are miniature cakes, focaccia, tarts, and fresh bread. Sandwiches can be made to order all day, accompanied with Gavina coffee.

Originally, the plan was for a Danish-style restaurant to complement the bakery. Unfortunately, the city's well-known bureaucracy caused months of delays, and that part of the project was shelved.

A grand opening for Hygge is in the works, contingent upon a second oven that will allow a wider selection of breads than currently offered. Plans are in the works to expand into the larger space next door.

This Sunday, Hygge kicks off its new Sunday hours with a free tasting event: Try any pastry in the store for free between 12:00 and 4:00pm.

Hygge Bakery: 1106 S. Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-995-5022; hyggebakery.com; Open 7:00am-7:00pm Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

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