City Guide

Denver

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TBH, I’ve stopped in Denver several times and didn’t think I liked it. But man oh man, I was wrong.  This trip, we spent lots of time strolling the streets, checking out cozy neighborhoods, and all the other uniqueness the “Mile High City”  has to offer. I absolutely LOVED it and can’t wait to plan a trip back. We stayed in an airbnb in LoDo (highly recommend) and the location was great! It’s also right by the Denver Central Market, which we frequented quite a bit! The city and neighborhoods are super walkable, minus a few Ubers here and there. If you’re coming from the airport (DIA), definitely hop on the train: A-line to Union station. It’s pretty inexpensive and from Union Station we were able to walk to our airbnb in LoDo. There’s also a public transit system and bikes available, so I’d skip renting a car.

Alright, now lets get to the good stuff…

xx, Kait♡

 

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Eats:

One fold: They make a mean lunch, but an even meaner breakfast. The crepes are YUM.
Open for Breakfast and lunch. 

Snooze: This isn’t my favorite place, but it’s the “cool” place to go and everyone will tell ya to eat here. So might as well give it a go!
Open for Breakfast and lunch. 

City O’ City: This is a vegetarian restaurant with yummy breakfast items and plenty of gluten free options. Don’t skip out on dessert!
Open for Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Weathervane Cafe: Quirky with delicious oatmeal bowls and sandwiches. Pretty inexpensive too!
Open for Breakfast, lunch.

Vert Kitchen: A French bakery serving up 100% organic and locally-grown produce, including sustainable meats and dairy. Sandwiches here are so good!
Open for Breakfast, lunch.

Denver Central Market: Coffee, pastries, chocolates, sandwiches, salads, and loads of other damn good food. The pasta dishes from Vero Italian are hard to beat and you’ve never had a chocolate ice cream like the “Salty dog chocolate” from High Point Creamery.

True Food Kitchen: I can’t not recommend TFK. They are always consistent no matter where the location is and the food is always incredible.
Open for weekend Brunch, lunch, and dinner.

The Kitchen: This is a nice restaurant located downtown, perfect for a date night or a lovely dinner with friends. The food is absolutely amazing but the DESSERT. Oh MAN. I got the apple crumble and it was definitely good but the sticky toffee pudding is out of this world. I want that as my last meal before I die (for now anyways).
Open for lunch and dinner.

Mercantile Dining & Provision: Aesthetically pleasing for the eye and the tummy. This chef-driven restaurant was one of my favorite meals from the trip. They are always happy to accomodate different dietary needs too.
Open for Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Beatrice and Woodsley: There is nothing like this restaurant. Whimsical, romantic, and beautiful…it makes you feel like you’re part of a fairytale. They have creative dishes and cocktails that goes right along with the ambience. It’s worth a trip just to take a peak inside.

Root Down: Farm to table inspired! Their drinks are great. I always eat at the airport location and it’s definitely good. Perfect spot if you have a layover or get to the airport early before a flight.
Open for dinner and weekend brunch. Airport location, open for Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Urban Farmer: American steakhouse with a focus on sustainability located in The Oxford Hotel. Every meal here is good (think local greens, mac & cheese, grass-fed steak, house-made granola, and buttermilk pancakes), but dessert is next level!
Open for Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Populist: Creative eats centered around community with menu items like the grass-fed burger, gnocchi, and seared Brussels sprouts.
Open for dinner.

Coohills: Located in LoDo, this French-inspired restaurant has a focus on local, seasonal, and farm-fresh ingredients. The rotating menu features dishes like ricotta gnocchi and crab cakes.
Open for dinner.

 

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Sweets:

High Point Cremery: Like I said earlier, you’ve never had a chocolate ice cream like the “Salty dog chocolate” from High Point Creamery. They have delicious dairy-free options as well!

The Beet Box: Super good vegan baked goods made from scratch and gluten-free options too.

City O’ City: They’re known for their breakfast, but it would be rude to leave without getting dessert. Seriously, their baked goods are pretty delish.

Milkbox Ice Creamery: Gmo-free certified ice cream and boozy milkshakes. Located in Union Station!

Voodoo Doughnuts: Because it’s famous and you’re gonna stand in line anyways…this spot made the list ;).

 

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Coffee:

Crema: Great coffee and quick breakfast items. The baristas are friendly. Probably my favorite coffee spot in Denver. They have a location at Denver Central Market and in RiNo.

Stowaway Coffee & Kitchen: A cute space with a small, but delicious menu. The coffee is okay, but nothing to call home about.

Black Eye Coffee: Carefully sourced, single-origin coffee in a rustic-modern space.

The Bardo Coffee House: Delicious coffee drinks, organic teas, and lots of baked treats. The atmosphere is awesome here.

Drinks:

Copper Lounge: In Union Station, this bar is nothing less than glamorous. They offer gorgeous cocktails, plenty of wine options, and thoughtfully crafted small plates.

Ratio Beerworks: So fun- Even if you don’t like beer! They have a dog friendly patio and yard games like cornhole.

Epic Brewing: If you like a sour beer, this is the spot. Their tangerine sour is super good and it’s just a fun place to hang out.

Williams & Graham: Trendy place to grab a cocktail, but expect to wait!

The Cruise Room at the Oxford Hotel: It’s packed on the weekend, so definitely recommend going on a weekday if you can. The bar is shaped like a wine bottle. It’s the longest continually open bar in Denver and opened the day after Prohibition ended.

Three Lions: A British soccer pub with an extensive beer selection. I’d stick to the drinks.

Thirsty Lion: Located in Cherry Creek, it’s a lively place to grab a drink or one of their 50 beers on tap.

 

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Things to Do

Cherry Creek Shopping: An above average shopping mall with designer brands like Burberry, Madewell, Anthropologie, and Louis Vuitton. Super pretty around the holidays.

Denver Central Market: It’s definitely a cool spot to grab lunch, but also cool to pop in and grab a coffee while strolling through.

Lodo District: Denver’s oldest bustling neighborhood with trendy restaurants and historic buildings. Home to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, Mercantile Dining & Provision, the Oxford Hotel, and Union Station. There’s also great independent shopping boutiques and Denver’s famous Tattered Cover Bookstore.

Art Museums: Clyfford Still, Denver Art Museum, or the Museum of Contemporary Art, which has a super cool rooftop cafe.

RiNo District: Tons of local art including everything from architecture and art galleries to furniture makers and photographers. One of my favorite shops in this district is Mod Livin‘. They have a little bit of everything and the people are so friendly. RiNo is also home to Ratio Beerworks, Epic BrewingCremaStowaway Coffee & Kitchen, and Denver Central Market. Very walkable and not far from Lodo or downtown.

Jazz in the Park: Available for free at the pavilion in City Park (summer only- June-August). They have loads of food trucks and there’s even an organic ice cream truck!

Farmer’s Markets: If you’re in Denver between May and the end of October, there are several markets to hit up. Union Station & Le Jardin Secret are a few I wouldn’t want to miss!

Christkindl Market: German Christmas market downtown from November 21st to December 23rd. It’s super cute and has German food, hot cocoa, and crafts. I was a little underwhelmed, but it’s still worth going to see. You’ll feel kind of like you’re in a Hallmark Christmas movie, haha. Kids would love it!

Sub Rosa Mercantile: Located in Sunnyside, the Northwest part of Denver. It’s an independent shop offering home goods, jewelry, gifts, and apothecary by small artists from across the country.

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