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RG Talk: Top 25 Cozy Places in Nashville

Megan Rasmussen

Megan Rasmussen

Director of Project Operations, Word-Slinger, Avid Taco-Lover

Kate Neal

Kate Neal

Designer, Resident Fashionista, Closet rebel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and not just because we are knee-deep in preparations for the annual Christmas Trees and Trails festival or adding decor clients to the RG Designs roster. Though these are some of our favorite projects, we also love that this season brings the opportunity to drink spiced cider, design websites by candlelight, spend quality time bundled up indoors with loved ones, and work on our “hygge”.

This Danish term has been widely talked about the past few years and is defined as,

“a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”

More simply put: relaxation, friendliness, gratitude and ultimately, peace.

We have been intentional about creating “hygge” in our own office but have been searching high and low for that feeling around Nashville for the days we work at a coffee shop or want a nice dinner out with friends. We’re talking deep armchairs, plush pillows, string lights, candles, or even just some festive decor, but most importantly, a friendly smile and room for all!

Louisa Thomsen Brits, the author of “The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection,” calls it a practical way of creating “sanctuary” in the middle of very real life. Rooted in finding warmth and optimism during their brutal and bleak winters, hygge has grown to shape the Danish way of thinking.

Their definition of “coziness” goes beyond the literal atmosphere it’s describing and speaks more to a certain mindset. Perhaps the term  “coziness” really just means being happy with what we have, finding peace in the midst of chaos, being welcoming and inclusive to all, and focusing on connecting with those around us despite our differences.

In a time of go-go-go, nothing seems more important than slowing down. In a time of constant distraction, nothing seems more luxurious than finding presence. In a time of quantity, we yearn for quality. In a world of division, we strive to find similarities. And although sleek lines and modern designs are beautiful, we recommend finding a coffee shop one can spend an entire winter day working in.

We are so grateful for the many businesses in Nashville that have made us feel the comforts of home, greeted us with a warm welcoming, or have achieved “hygge” one way or another. Here are just a few …

Coffee & Tea Shops

Neighborhood: Nations

cafe roze

Photo via @zteamnashville

Neighborhood: East Nashville

franklin juice co

Photo via @jessessantoyo1

Neighborhood: East Nashville

cafe roze

Photo via @hollin

Neighborhood: 8th Ave. South

firepot tea bar

Photo via @eighthandroast

Neighborhood: 12 South

cafe roze

Neighborhood: Edgehill

cafe roze

Photo via @katevictoriaaa

Restaurants/Bars

7. Tansuo

Neighborhood: Gulch

le sel

Photo via @tansuonash

Neighborhood: East Nashville

flaming cocktail club

Neighborhood: Edgehill

eio and hive

Photo via @nashville_young

Neighborhood: East Nashville

little octopus

Photo via @thefoxnashville

Neighborhood: Germantown

gray and dudley

Photo via @5thandtaylor

Neighborhood: East Nashville

goodwin

Photo via Urban Cowboy 

Neighborhood: Midtown

lemon laine

Photo via @kskinnerr

Neighborhood: Germantown

grimeys

Photo via @solfinn

15. Moto

Neighborhood: Gulch

wilder

Photo via @motonashville

16. Husk

Neighborhood: Sobro

flora plant shop

Photo via @nashvillebusiness

17. Barcelona

Neighborhood: Edgehill

restoration hardware chandelier

Photo via @stayfoxx

18. Peninsula

Neighborhood: East Nashville

natchez trace bridge

Photo via @l27rooftop

Neighborhood: Gulch

percy priest lake

Photo via @designeditor

Neighborhood: Sobro

caney fork river

Photo via @dkelleghan

21. Sinema

Neighborhood: Melrose

Neighborhood: Germantown

rarebird at Noelle hotel

Photo via @carissacrystal

Neighborhood: Sobro

virago rooftop

Photo via @l27rooftop

24. Epice

Neighborhood: 12 South

virago rooftop

Photo via @epicenashville

Neighborhood: Downtown

virago rooftop

Photo via @blackrabbittn

Check out our Instagram for more of our favorite Nashville hangs and share your adventures with us #rgLIVIN!

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