You’re an internet user, so chances are, you’ve stumbled across “hygge” before. Hygge is a Danish word that, simply put, describes a cosiness and comfort that engenders a feeling of contentment. Now, Hong Kong is not one of the places to find hygge, being loud, busy and fast-paced. But guess what? It turns out hygge isn’t just a myth, even here. In fact, there’s a mom and pop store by the name of God Dag 好日 that caters specifically to the concept.
Opened less than a year ago, God Dag is an undiscovered gem amongst the busy streets between Causeway Bay and Wan Chai. The best thing about this is that the mom and pop store is fairly quiet during the weekends. Advice? Visit soon to take advantage of the serene atmosphere before word of the shop spreads!
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The architecture of God Dag itself is the definition of hygge. Away from the noise of the traffic on Hennessy Road, a spacious studio room houses sprawling tables of charming goods, with smaller desks against the open window. God Dag currently operates as a café and a select shop, where you can enjoy the slow flow of hygge while digging in to a slice of homemade cake.
After your meal, make sure to take a look around the tabletops of beautiful trinkets that, quoting Marie Kondo, “spark joy”. The items for sale range from hand-woven straw vases, to delicate silver cutlery, to even whole outfits. Whether it is something you can use or simply something to admire, everything in the store is chosen with the intention to provide a bit of hygge to your life.
Every week, you’ll find a different selection of cakes and drinks on the menu at God Dag. Often on rotation is the Orange Mochi Tofu Cake, a delicate concoction that is both velvety and chewy, with a bite of mochi buried underneath the tofu-flavoured cream. It’s a good option for a treat that isn’t too sugary. The Apple Soda, on the other hand, may just be a hint too sweet with too much sticky soda mixed in. To wash down the cake, it may make more sense to order a cup of hot tea instead.
Only a handful of shops in Hong Kong cater to minimal living, one example being HOW Food Factory. Perhaps it’s because it’s still relatively unknown, but God Dag is by far my favourite, and objectively the most peaceful. As a family-owned business, you can expect to be warmly welcomed and guided throughout your visit. If you’re ever in the area, make sure to drop by for a slice of hygge!
God Dag 好日
4/F, Fu Tak Building, 365 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
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