My favorite spots in Denver

View from Pavilions

Since well before we left for Europe last summer, I’ve been dodging emails about doing a guide to Denver because THIS IS A BAKING BLOG, GUYS. But I finally gave in and compiled a list of all my favorite spots in the Mile High City. Having lived here for five years, I pretty much know this place like the back of my hand but am always so excited to stumble upon something new – which is why this guide will be a work in progress (meaning when I find an awesome coffee shop or a great dinner spot, I’ll update this post to reflect new discoveries).

One of my favorite things about Denver is that it’s a highly walkable city, meaning a car isn’t all that necessary unless you’re opposed to mass transit or biking to the grocery store. If you’re coming to the city from DIA, skip the rental car and take the A-line to Union Station. From there you can get around using the (fairly reliable) public transit system, B-Cycle, or Uber. We rely on all of the above but prefer biking now that Denver’s installed a number of bike lanes. 99% of the places on this list are within walking or biking distance of the city center, which is important considering we don’t have cars and only rent one when we absolutely need it (like when we go to the mountains).

Unfortunately we don’t have any experience with local hotels, but we’ve heard great things about The Oxford, Teatro, The Brown Palace, The Crawford, and Hotel Monaco. If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, there’s a Sheraton, Embassy Suites, and Hyatt downtown but, if I were you, I’d skip the hotels and just find a place on Airbnb. We used the service for 95% of our accommodations in Europe and can’t imagine traveling any other way. I recommend staying in the Business District (upper downtown), LoDo (lower downtown), LoHi (lower highlands), Capitol Hill, or Cheesman Park (where we live). Baker, Washington Park, Five Points, or RiNo (River North) would be great options if you have a car.

If you’re looking for a solid date night, dinner and a movie (at the Mayan or Esquire) is always a fantastic option. Or the Clyfford Still Museum followed by dinner and drinks at Cuba Cuba. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, go for a stroll downtown (through Larimer Square) and then for a drink at the MCA rooftop cafe or for happy hour crêpes at Crêpes ‘n Crêpes. You could also go for a walk through Cheesman Park then make a stop at Cafe Max for drinks and dessert. If you’re looking for a wild night out, the Cruise Room, Thin Man, and P S Lounge are all good spots for drunken shenanigans.

A less extensive [weekend] guide can be found here.

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GOOD EATS

I should note that only a couple of these restaurants (City O’ City and Native Foods) are 100% vegan. All the others are more than willing to accommodate a vegan diet even when there isn’t anything sans-animal products on the menu. To help make your life easier, I’ve broken these down into categories (early morning grub, comfort food, etc.). Although many of these places fit into more than one category, I’ve placed them in the one that I feel is most fitting. 

EARLY MORNING GRUB
Snooze – As a local, I don’t really care for Snooze (it’s way overpriced) but everyone and their mom will tell you to go for breakfast. So you probably should.
Jelly Cafe – If you’re staying in or near Capitol Hill, Jelly is a great breakfast/brunch spot with a few vegan options.

CAFES
Bar Max – Part cafe, part bar. Great place for a swanky date night.
New! Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen – A stunning space with an absolutely delicious menu, but the coffee is definitely not worth writing home about. Head up to Crema to get your caffeine fix.
Weathervane Cafe – The owners are the sweetest people you’ll ever meet and the food is downright delicious (oatmeal, chia pudding, sandwiches, etc.) and reasonably priced.
Wooden Spoon – Delicious coffee and top-notch sandwiches. Thom says they make the best breakfast sandwiches in town.

ON THE FLY
Biju’s Little Curry Shop – Quick, affordable, delicious. The veggie bowl is one of my favorite meals in Denver.
The Market – This is one of my favorite places in town and, when we lived downtown, I used to go here damn near every day.  Their coffee isn’t anything worth writing home about (in fact, stay away from it) but they have a chocolate selection that makes my inner fat kid go crazy. They also have delicious deli style food and their hummus sandwich (add avocado spread and spicy mustard) is pretty much the sandwich of my vegetable-heavy dreams. Look for Stefan, dude knows how to make a mean sandwich.
New! Ohana Island Kitchen – Delicious Hawaiian-inspired eats.
Bubu – Quick and healthy rice bowls (brown rice, white rice, or rice noodles) right in the middle of Larimer Square. The SoCal bowl is my favorite.

LAID BACK
Vert Kitchen – Easily one of my favorite spots in town. They serve breakfast and lunch, but at $4 for a hearty portion of almond milk oats with fresh fruit, I’m a huge fan of their early morning eats.
True Food – I always (ALWAYS) get the TLT. I dream of their kale salad. And kale-aid.
New! Avanti F&B – A modern food hall for omnivores and vegans, alike.
Ethiopian Restaurant – Not the most creative name, but this place cooks up some of the most delicious and authentic Ethiopian food you’ll find this side of the Rockies. The restaurant itself is outdated and can be rather warm in the summer, but the food more than makes up for it.
Govinda’s – Krishna-vibes, FYI. Some people are freaked out by that or pissed that the food is essentially Indian without the spices. It’s delicious and that’s all that matters.
Tacos Tequila Whiskey – Formerly Pinches Tacos and, like their original name states, they have delicious fucking tacos so you should go.
Crêpes ‘n Crêps – One of our favorite places for an impromptu afternoon date. Happy hour crepes are the perfect size and only $5! Their normal batter is not vegan, but the gluten free variety is.
New! Sushi-Rama– CONVEYOR BELT SUSHI! Go at happy hour for the best deal otherwise it’s expensive as fuck/not worth it.

PUT ON A NICE SHIRT
Mercantile – Easily one of the best restaurants in town. The “vegan plate” isn’t on the menu, but they’re always willing to whip up something delicious for us plant-based folks.
Cuba Cuba – A lot for the carnivores and a few options for us plant based eaters. No lard in their beans, ye-yeaaaah!
Root Down – Lately this place has been hit or miss. I used to love it but half the times we go it’s way too salty. Their drinks are great, though!
The Nickel – They don’t have many vegan entree options, but they have more than a few delicious starters (hummus, olives, etc.) and small plates that can be combined to make a delicious meal.
Potager – Slow food right in the heart of Capitol Hill. Vegans, call ahead. And be prepared to drop some $$$.
Uncle – RAMEN.
The Populist – Their menu isn’t vegan friendly but if you call ahead they’re usually more than happy to to accommodate dietary restrictions.

COMFORT FOOD
Vine Street Pub – Burgers and beers and community style seating.
Lucile’s Creole Cafe – Not much for vegans but if you’re down with grits, collards, and oats, you’ll be golden. Also: Bloody’s.

Soy latte from Bardo

COFFEE

If you look up a guide to the best coffee shops in Denver, you’ll notice I left more than a few of them off this list. That’s because a) some places try way too hard and b) I don’t need to be reminded that pour over is superior to filter when I just want some motherfucking caffeine. Snobby coffee ain’t cool, y’all.

FAVORITES
The Bardo Coffee House – This is my go-to coffee shop in Denver. The atmosphere, coffee, and employees are all fantastic. And their website is the jam.
Crema – This place is a hipster mecca but I can’t deny the fact that they serve a damn good cup of joe. The baristas are always so pleasant.
Steam Espresso Bar – One of the most delicious cups of coffee you’ll find in the city. Located south of town, but it’s more than worth the trip.
Europa Coffee House – Bring your favorite book and stay a while.
Novo Coffee – The 6th Avenue location is my go-to (but the downtown location is great, too). The coffee is top notch and the tunes are always pleasant.
New! Lula Rose General Store – Kickass little space and even better coffee.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Huckleberry Roasters – They roast some mad-delicious coffee beans. The location in the highlands is my fav (the RiNo location is NO BUENO).
New! Bellwether – They use Califia Farms almondmilk SO OF COURSE I LOVE THEM.
Hooked on Colfax – A great place to get shit done.

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll

SWEET TREATS

Sweet Action Ice Cream – Insanely creative ice cream flavors and they always have a couple of options for the vegans.
New! Temple Bakery – Baked goods AND pizza. Heads up: there’s not much for the vegan folks.
Little Man Ice Cream – Not as good as Sweet Action but they have some damn delicious vegan options (chocolate salted oreo, anyone?).
New! Sweet Cooie’s – Little Man’s sister shop in Congress Park. It just might be the cutest ice cream shop EVER.
Milkbox Ice Creamery – BOOZY MILKSHAKES.
Beet Box Bakery – Delicious vegan baked goods made from scratch erryday.
City O’ City – Their breakfast kicks major ass but their desserts are where the magic happens.
Bonnie Brae Ice Cream Shop – Vegan soft serve. ‘Nuff said.
Voodoo Doughnuts – The line is ungodly long and not worth it (in my opinion) (Thom says otherwise), but if you can squeeze in early morning (before 9AM), get yourself a pink box filled with doughnuts and savor the shit out of them.

Union Station

DRINKS

Thin Man – This is probably my favorite place to grab a drink in town. Thom says the red lights are offensive but I dig the vibes and the bartenders and the fact that they infuse their own liquors.
Williams & Graham – Don’t be surprised if there’s a two hour wait. It’s worth it.
Work and Class – It can be loud and packed like sardines, but their drinks are top notch and not overly sweet.
New! Bar Fausto – The staff is knowledgeable (and witty as fuck), the space is beautiful, and the drinks are easily some of the best in town.
New! Epic Brewing – One of Thom’s favorite breweries.
P S Lounge – Totally divey and funky. If you find yourself on East Colfax, pop in for a drink or three.
The Cruise Room – Go during the week as it gets pretty loud/packed during the weekend. Enter through the Oxford Hotel.
Our Mutual Friend Malt and Brew – Good vibes and even better beers.
Three Lions – Futbol pub with a great beer selection. Thom says don’t eat the food.
Great Divide Brewery – Non-traditional beers in an interesting neighborhood. Food isn’t available but there are usually food trucks outside.
Prost – German biergarten with homemade brezeln (!!!!!).
The 1up – Strong drinks and cheap arcade games.

DAM

STUFF TO DO

Clyfford Still – This is one of our favorite museums.. of all time. The paintings are incomparably stunning and the space itself is out of this world beautiful (fine lines and poured concrete, anyone?). Go during a weekday because there’s a chance you might have the place to yourself.
Museum of Contemporary Art – The art can be a bit eccentric, but that’s ok because the rooftop cafe more than makes up for the art that sometimes has you scratching your head, wondering what the fuck is going on. But isn’t that the beauty of it?
Museum of Nature and Science – Because science is cool. Go to the planetarium. And then go to the rooftop and have a look at that sweet view of Denver.
Jazz in the Park – Limited to the summer months, but if you’re visiting June-August, grab a blanket and bring a bottle of wine.
Mayan Theatre – This is one of my favorite theaters in town. It doesn’t show a lot (err, any) of the Blockbuster films, but they’re always showing a couple of good flicks. Not to mention, their popcorn is delicious and they have nutritional yeast topping.
The Esquire – Another fun place to catch an indie flick. They sell Divine chocolate at the concession stand. Just sayin’.
Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret – If you’re not put off by boobie tassels or half-naked, dancing women, I highly recommend a night at the cabaret.
First Friday – Various art districts put on an event every first Friday, year around. Wine is available, usually for purchase, but if you go to the right galleries it’s free. The Santa Fe Art Walk is our favorite.
Epic Escape Room – You get locked in a room and have an hour to get out. It’s more fun (and less scary) than it sounds.

Tattered Cover LoDo

BOOK STORES

Tattered Cover – My favorite book store in the city. They have two locations, one in LoDo and the other in City Park. You should visit both.
Kilgore Books – Lots of signed novels from notable authors. Penned after Kurt Vonnegut’s alter-ego, Kilgore Trout.
Bookbar – A bookshop for wine lovers.
Capitol Hill Books – Don’t be put off by the sketchy location/exterior because there are some gems inside.
Fahrenheit’s Books – A great used book store on Broadway. The employees are always super helpful and down to chat about their favorite reads.

Ironwood

SHOPPING

Hazel & Dewey – For your kitchen/housewares fixings.
New! Talulah Jones – Gorgeous housewares and awesome stuff for the little ones.
Garage Vintage – Vintage galore. Their sister location is across the street, so make sure you don’t miss it.
Ironwood – Plants, jewelry, crystals, etc. Despite being small, Ironwood packs a punch – I could snoop around for hours.
Fig + Yarrow – For your fancy skincare needs.
Goorin Bros. – Fancy a good quality hat? Look no further. Most hats are $100+ but the quality and service are worth it. Say hi to Larry.
Sub Rosa Mercantile – Jewelry, housewares, etc.
Meek Vintage – Hit or miss, but that tends to be true for all vintage shops.

Savory Spice Shop

MARKETS AND STUFF

Natural Grocers – Whole Foods quality, King Soopers prices. We do a majority of our shopping here.
New! Denver Central Market – Booze, coffee, grub, dessert, etc.
Farmer’s Markets – May through the end of October (Union Station, Le Jardin Secret, Esplanade are my favorites).
Christkindl Market – German Christmas market downtown from 21 November-23 December.
Pacific Mercantile – The place to go for all your Asian food necessities like nori, mochi balls, and coconut milk.
EVOO Marketplace – Outstanding selection of olive oils. Their butter oil is almost always in our pantry.
Savory Spice Shop – Hella spices, sugars, vanilla beans, etc. Their Indian spice section cannot be topped.

Native Roots Dispensary

GANJA

If you plan on getting your ganja on, make sure you consume it before you leave as it cannot be taken out of the state (and law enforcement doesn’t fuck around if they catch you trying). Denver dispensaries close at 7PM. Also, if you haven’t done them before, I do not recommend trying edibles here – just smoke that shit (Ingrid is my favorite). 

Fox Street Wellness – (Semi) ORGANIC POT.
Native Roots – Heads up: the wait on the weekends can be insanely long.
Good Chemistry – Funky place off Colfax with helpful employees and a straight forward menu. I always go with one of the Ingrid joints because I’m too lazy to roll my own.
LoDo Wellness – One of the most popular (and affordable) spots in town.

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DAY TRIPS

You’ll probably want to get out of the city for a bit and explore the mountains. Mt. Elbert is the highest 14er in the state and also the easiest to climb – so if you’re been looking to do a 14er (and are acclimated), that one will be right up your alley. If you’re looking to summit two 14ers in one day, you can do Grays and Torreys if you hit the trailhead by 7AM. We arrived around 8:30 but are pretty quick getting up the mountain and don’t recommend arriving that late unless you know you are, too. St. Mary’s glacier has a pretty rewarding view and only a moderately steep incline. You can’t go wrong with any of the hikes in Boulder or Rocky Mountain National Park.

The San Juans and Sangre de Cristos are my favorite mountain ranges in Colorado. They’re a bit of a drive but are more than worth it. If you’re looking to do a 14er in the San Juans, I highly recommend Handies as it’s a class 1 with one of the most rewarding views. As for the Sangre de Cristos, skip the mountains and climb the sand dunes. Just make sure you bring a change of clothes.

46 Comments

  • Reply Laura 23 October 2014 at 7:37 AM

    UUUUGH this makes me want to visit Denver again SUH BAD. Our visit was too short, we missed so many crucial spots, and WE ONLY WENT TO ILLEGAL PETE’S ONCE. I think next Fall might be in the cards and I’ll just steadily cross my fingers that you’ll be around to stuff our faces with cookies and cake again.

  • Reply Melissa @ Treats With a Twist 23 October 2014 at 8:04 AM

    You’re making me miss CO even more than I already do! I grew up in Littleton before it became Centennial then moved to AR. We drove back at least 2ce a year! I grew up with framed paintings of Lodo on our walls and going to the Brown Palace to listen to my family friends play the piano (my mom’s family knows the piano players and even invites them over for dinner; I love it!). My dearest friend still lives there (along with most of my family) and she even worked at Sweet Cow for years, getting them started up in new locations around Denver.
    Do you ever go to the Artisan Center, a little shop that’s painted green (or is it teal?) and jam packed with local artists’ ceramics, wooden spoons, jewelry…SUCH cool stuff! Its near Cherry Creek Grille which has some KILLER skillet corn bread (I know, I never would think to order the cornbread somewhere yet once you do you’ll crave it!).
    And Tattered Cover! I have a set of grandparents that live in Highlands Ranch near the location there and I could spend hours in there. Book stores just don’t come like that anymore and I adore it.
    And OMG my friend and I ran in a little Indian restaurant (Little India) and they have the most amazing buffet (a risk, I know) of Indian food. SO SO good!
    Love your guide. :)

    • Reply Ashlae 23 October 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Hi Melissa –

      We LOVE Little India (how did I forget to add it to the list?) but have never tried the lunch buffet. I think that’s going to have to change very soon. I’ve never been to the Artisan Center but will definitely be checking it out – thanks for the heads up!

  • Reply Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon 23 October 2014 at 8:08 AM

    LOVE so many of these recommendations- especially Ethiopian Restaurant! I will have to try the kids burrito at Illegal Petes. Sharing this with my boyfriend so we can get out and try some of your favorites next.

    I also recommend trying Acorn in the Source for another button-up shirt, incredible dinner.

  • Reply Amanda Jane 23 October 2014 at 8:23 AM

    I had no desire to visit Denver until I read this post. I will definitely be eating dinner at Potager and recreationally ganja-ing when I visit. ;)

  • Reply Nick (Macheesmo) 23 October 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Amazing Denver guide! My wife and I live around Cheesman park and we love it so much. Great write up!

  • Reply Barb@ThatWasVegan? 23 October 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Those hoho cupcakes live RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET from my office! It takes all my willpower not to eat them everyday. And I also have to give props to Phonatic. Love that place. I go for lunch when I’m stuck at work on snowy days :)

  • Reply Elizabeth Jarrard 23 October 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Thank god you wrote this list. Not only will I diligently make it to all your faves, I shall be sharing this profusely. You da best!

  • Reply Millie |Add A Little 23 October 2014 at 9:45 AM

    I adore these gorgeous photos and what a fantastic post! I will definitely bookmark the page for when I go!

  • Reply Nora (A Clean Bake) 23 October 2014 at 9:52 AM

    WATERCOURSE!!! My favorite restaurant of all time. (I know it’s already on the list, but just felt that it needed to be mentioned again :))

  • Reply Maja 23 October 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Dude these pictures are insane!!!! So beautiful. Will have to come to Denver now.

    • Reply Ashlae 23 October 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Hi lady –

      If you ever come to Denver, we’ve got a spare room with your name on it. :) Would love to have you two!

  • Reply jenna @ just j.faye 23 October 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Too bad this post didn’t come in last week! I just visited Denver for the first time last weekend. I absolutely loved the city and will definitely be going back. I’ll make sure to reference your suggestions for next time. I did make it to Snooze though and it was amazing :)

  • Reply Erica McCarthy 23 October 2014 at 10:11 AM

    GAH!! Ash! These photos made me miss Denver like no other- can’t believe it’s been nearly 3 years since living there. Anyway, I love every freaking thing about this.

    Have you ever tried El Diablo, or do you fancy dBar? (the best dessert i’ve ever had) If I do say so myself. Anyway, this made me miss my old place. Hope life in the Mile High city is as sweet as it is lovely.

    • Reply Ashlae 23 October 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Hi Erica –

      I am soooo sad we didn’t bump into one another when you lived here.

      El Diablo closed (gah!) but I just added dBar to the list. It’s right up the street from our house. :)

  • Reply Melina 23 October 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Lovely, thank you so much for this. I’ve moved to and I’ve left Denver twice, as early as 2003 and as late as 2012 – reading about it always makes me nostalgic, and it’s wonderful to see what places others still frequent and love! I can wax on and on about how lovely that Tattered Cover Cherry Creek location was, or how Savory Spice used to be a quickie mart with turquoise walls. I lived across the street from Crema before the owner of that beautiful building, Ted, converted it into those lofts and shopfronts – this was back when living in Five Points meant listening to gun shots, adopting lifelong Five Points resident and 90 year old Val with the neon pink shorts as your surrogate grandfather, and renting insanely cheap and insanely awesome garage lofts (hardly swanky, more mouse-y). Just reading about Lucille’s almost made me cry! I painted the Block Building, as well as the mural on Market and 21st, and started a crochet graffiti gang (still known around the city, but which I no longer am a part of, thus I stay mum!) St. Marks, Pablo’s and Paris used to be the ONLY options for coffee, until the original City O’ came along – and it changed nearly everything… So yes, thank you for throwing me back into golden memories today, and I hope that Denver creates such a stir and rush of kindred nostalgia for you one day, too!
    All I would add is one more museum: the Kirkland Museum of Fine And Decorative arts, on 13th and Pearl is my favorite, a place to view old furniture and products and an Andy Warhol canned goods paper dress :)

    • Reply Ashlae 23 October 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Hi Melina –

      Just shot you an email. :) We used to live on the same street as the Kirkland Museum and somehow never went. That will be changing – thanks for the nudge!

  • Reply edie 23 October 2014 at 11:59 AM

    dude. this rocks. thank you! i’m a northern CA native, but i went to DU and couldn’t find the guts to leave this city after i graduated. i love it too much! thanks for all the suggestions – many of which are at the top of my list as well. i live in a brooklyn-esque, no-frills loft in RiNo with my boyfriend, and we’re big fans of our neighborhood coffee shops and restaurants (although let’s be honest, you can find me at WF in cap hill like…daily). anyway, i can’t wait to drag him to a bunch of the places you suggested. cheers!

  • Reply Abbey Harlow 23 October 2014 at 12:41 PM

    I would add Beast and Bottle to the list! One of my favorite nice restaurants in Denver.

  • Reply Whitney 23 October 2014 at 2:17 PM

    ASHLAE, THIS IS THE CAT’S MEOW.

  • Reply April Weiss 23 October 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Who better to make a best of Denver list than a kick-ass baker! ;) Thanks for taking the time to put this together. As a recent transplant that is desperately missing all the great Vegan/Foodie options in LA, it’s GREATLY appreciated!! -April

  • Reply mary 23 October 2014 at 5:46 PM

    wishing you had a pin button so i could save this on my GO board! I live in Durango, and visit denver often!

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  • Reply Batya 24 October 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Love it!
    I’d add Beast + Bottle — their vegetarian is actually very good. And Merchantile Dining + Provisions– excellent drinks, delicious veggie dishes sourced principally from Fruition Farms down south.

    • Reply Ashlae 24 October 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Hi lady –

      You’re the second one to recommend B&B! Gonna have to check them out. And Mercantile did make the cut – love that place!

  • Reply Kiley 24 October 2014 at 1:56 PM

    I love this! Being a Colorado native, pieces like this make me fall more and more in love with Denver. I’d add Old Major to get a drink, The Big Wonderful for things to do (http://www.thebigwonderful.com/), seeing any show at the Bluebird, and the veggie Bahn Mi (made extra spicy) at Vinh Xuong Bakery. It’s a little bit of a drive but they have amazing authentic food for crazy low prices. Oh and Happy Leaf Kombucha- they have a ‘tap room’ where you can try all the different kinds.

  • Reply Cady 24 October 2014 at 7:25 PM

    This is so wonderful and beautifully put together! You rock girl. KILLIN. IT.

  • Reply Breana 25 October 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Thanks for this! I’ve been in Denver for a couple months now and surprisingly have made it to several of these places! Have you ever tried Weathervane for coffee/tea or Mercury Cafe for poetry slams and dancing?

    • Reply Ashlae 25 October 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Hi Breana –

      Weathervane is on the list, under cafes. :) I haven’t been to Mercury Cafe but I’ve heard only great things about it, so I need to change that.. soon.

  • Reply Jessica 25 October 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Having lived in Colorado (grew up in the western ‘burbs, lived in Cap Hill/Congress Park for the last 9 years), I sometimes get caught in my usual haunts and forget to venture outside of the usual rotation (City O! Beet Box!). Therefore, you’ve done better than I ever could! Really gorgeous photos, wonderful recommendations!! Spots for you to try on: Caveau (17th & Penn) when you want a glass of wine, in front of a fire place, and low lighting; Steep (8th & Colorado) – almond milk in your Pumpkin Latte, or Chai – the best around in my opinion; Afternoon High Tea at the Brown Palace; Denver Biscuit Co (Colfax & Steele) – I like the feel of the space, and the biscuits. Olive & Finch, Parallel 17, Stella’s…. I could go on. I hope you try one and share what you think!!

  • Reply Grace 31 October 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Oh my goodness, I need to come to Colorado. Beautiful images.

  • Reply Heidi - Apples Under My Bed 6 November 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Ok well now I want to visit Denver… x

  • Reply cate 11 November 2014 at 5:05 PM

    You forgot about (or is it possible you didn’t know about??!) NOOCH Vegan market! A 100% Vegan grocery store. It’s in Baker- on Ellsworth between Broadway and Lincoln. I live a couple blocks away and it’s kind of a problem :| Also in Baker, Sputnik has a killer all vegan option menu for brunch or dinner. And it’s real cheap. Definitely my late night go to. In fact, I really enjoy that I can get breakfast at the same place that gave me my hangover… sort of like revenge…

    • Reply Ashlae 11 November 2014 at 9:35 PM

      Hi Cate –

      I’m not a big fan of Nooch but I do looooove Sputnik. Especially their brunch menu.

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens 11 November 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Ashlae, I’ve never been to Denver but reading your list makes me want to hop on a plane and visit! Especially since I see your Instagram posts about Voodoo Doughnuts all the time. I mean, those doughnuts look like a pretty good reason to come see Denver… not to mention all these other incredible places you’ve included on this list!

  • Reply Glorianna 19 November 2014 at 11:48 PM

    LOVE this! Discovered this gem of a post late night tonight checking out Novo’s Facebook page. I am a fan of coffee, and yes, totally agree about the snobby coffee syndrome here- maybe you would agree about the place on Broadway by Matthew Morris salon…
    Anyway, I pen a Denver based blog too. I am a CO native, and now a new momma- so this blog is sort of mommy geared.
    I will cherish this list of go-to spots as I have a Note in my phone of the same name, places I hope to try. My ore-mommy self would be all over it!
    Would love to meet you for a cup of Joe sometimes and maybe swap blogger ideas/stories. I also am impressed with your incredible photos above! What camera do you use?! I will definitely be bookmarking your page, no this isn’t a spammer… :) I really will!
    Cheers!
    Glo

  • Reply Rachel 22 December 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Aahhh FINALLY getting caught up on my blog reading and wish I had stumbled upon this earlier! My bro and his fiancé live in Denver (Highland) and I was looking for gift card ideas for them. I even thought, “I bet Ashlae would have awesome suggestions!” And almost emailed you. Thankfully, I picked a place on your list (Root Down). My to-be sister-in-law is a vegetarian and the place had great reviews. And now with your stamp of approval, I’m feeling even more confident in my choice. Thanks for the guide. We’re hoping to head back to Denver and visit again in 2015!

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  • Reply Danielle 1 April 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Ashlae,

    I stumbled upon your blog while looking for a good PB cookie recipe on Pinterest (I have yet to make them!), and being the nosy person I am, I always look at the “ABOUT” sections on a person’s blog… What can I say, I’m a people person. Anywho, I was thrilled to find out you live in Denver! And, obviously, I am so dang excited that you decided to make this post because my husband and I are hoping to move to Denver by the end of this year. We visited for the first time this past December and fell in love. We currently live in MN and loved how similar CO is but much more temperate. Anyway, we just got married and thought a move would be a grand adventure for us, and this post is making me even more giddy about moving… So thank you!! :)

    P.S. It’d be great to meet you at one of the best coffee shops you noted once I get to Denver! :)

  • Reply Virginia 2 November 2016 at 6:27 AM

    Oh how I adore your pictures!
    I wish I’d stumbled upon your selection of the best coffee places earlier. Glad I found novo coffee while in Denver this summer and totally agree. :-)
    All the best,

    Virginia

  • Reply Jessica 3 January 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Hello,

    Great blog, thanks for the advice! Where do you recommend renting a car for day trips?

    • Reply Ashlae 6 January 2017 at 7:43 AM

      Hi Jessica –

      We rent from Avis at 1900 Broadway. Great service and pricing!

  • Reply Jaimie 23 January 2017 at 7:48 PM

    Any winter recommendations? We’ll be visiting in mid February. Thanks!

    • Reply Ashlae 27 January 2017 at 11:06 AM

      Hi Jaimie –

      This guide consists of year-round reccos. :)

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