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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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