I have been a constant customer at Hygge Bakery Downtown LA for the past 2 yrs and, although I have never written a review on a place before, I feel they deserve a good one.
Where else are you going to find an authentic Danish bakery like this one? Probably, nowhere outside of Denmark. It is an excellent rare find in the US in general, and a locals' secret. What's a Danish anyway? An American imitation; but here you will find the real thing that inspired that Danish - the Spandauer... and let me tell you- there is no comparison. Other classic and amazing pastry favorites of mine include the Kringle, the Water Kringle and, definitely the Slice. My favorite chocolate creations are the Sarah Bernhardt and the Rum Ball. They daily bake fresh bread for locals as well as for many downtown restaurants. The sandwiches served for lunch (made with their own fresh bread of course) taste just right. Cakes (try the Dark Chocolate Cake, the Othello Cake, the Giant Kringle) are popular orders for downtown business parties and casual events.
Complete with a great selection of coffee drinks (and , yes, you can get them Euro-style and in real porcelain cups, as long as you are not ordering to go), Wi-fi, some comfy seating and chill music, it has quickly become a locals' favorite hangout. Recently, we saw a wonderful new art installation appear on the bakery's walls. I asked the owner, Rasmus Lee, about it. Apparently, this will be an ongoing thing: an opportunity for local young artists to exhibit their work and introduce themselves to the community. The installations will be rotated on a regular basis.
Rasmus, who is from Denmark himself, has been working tirelessly to make the bakery what it is today. As a result, Hygge (which means "Chill" in Danish by the way) has become a staple for many of us, a local hangout spot, especially on weekends. It's an original, cool joint in the heart of South Park with a heart and soul to draw inspiration from. The owner's dream of bringing real Danish pastry experience to us has co