GUIDE TO DENVER
We’ve been planted in Denver for almost 2 years now. While my favorite thing about Denver is the genuine, interesting people, there’s a few other things to love too! In this post, I share my favorite places to eat and a few other hidden gems that have made me feel at home in the mountains.
Denver’s growing food scene offers a few healthy options. If you’re coming to Denver, make sure to visit these spots!
The Corner Beet: This Capitol Hill spot features a vegan/vegetarian menu and a rotating list of fresh cold presses juices each day. I love the super seed salad!
Vital Root: This Tennyson spot combines flavorful food with a fast-casual model. Order at the counter and grab a seat on the patio our front for people watching, or the enclosed patio in the back if you prefer lush surroundings. The avocado toast is fantastic, and they have carbonated water on tap. I love the energy bites too!
Root Down: Owned by the same group as Vital Root (and Linger, Ophelia’s, and El Five), this LoHi spot offers a seasonal menu and an impressive cocktail selection.
Hi Tide: Build your own poke bowl at this RiNo restaurant. The best poke in Denver!
Uncle: This LoHi ramen restaurant is worth the wait! With a simple menu, killer playlist, and energetic vibe, Uncle really is all it’s cracked up to be. They don’t take reservations, and you’ll like have a 2+ hour wait, but it’s all worth it if you order the Colorado Wagyu Beef and the Spicy Chicken Ramen.
True Food Kitchen: This spot features a large, approachable menu in Cherry Creek. It’s great for large groups of diverse eaters!
Safta: This Middle Eastern spot at The Source is fresh, delicious, and elevated. If you’re looking for a healthful, nicer meal, Safta is the place to go!
Green Seed Market: Inside of Denver Central Market in RiNo, this spot allows you to create your own bowl or salad, or order off a menu. They also serve up smoothies, acai bowls, and a killer curry!
Biju’s Little Curry Shop: This hole-in-the-wall spot now has two locations: RiNo and inside the Broadway Market. It’s flavorful and light.
Jerusalem. If you’re looking for a hole-in-the-wall spot for authentic middle eastern food with a scratch-made menu, Jerusalem is your place! I love the lamb shank.
Denver is home to 6 food halls, and counting! I break them all down in my guide to Denver food halls.
One of my favorite things about Denver is that it’s a collection of little neighborhoods that are each distinct from each other. Below are some of my favorite areas of Denver and what I love about them.
Platt Park: Platt park is a quiet, residential part of Denver. Walk among the quaint bungalows or stroll on South Pearl Street or Old South Gaylord Street. In the summer, the South Pearl Street farmers’ market is the biggest market in town!
Wash Park: Sitting right next to Platt Park, Wash Park is home to one of Denver’s largest parks. Take a 2-ish mile lap around the park, or play volleyball or relax on the lawn in the summer months.
Capitol Hill: This dense part of town features old homes and eye-catching architecture. It’s a great place for a walk in the fall due to its tree-lined streets.
South Broadway: Far down on South Broadway, you can find blocks of antique and consignment shops. I’ve found some treasures at The Annex Antiques and Interiors, and Watson and Co. As you make your way farther north, Broadway is lined with funky shops, restaurants and bars. One of my favorite coffee shops, Spur, is located here.
Santa Fe Arts District: The Santa Fe Arts District is home to countless galleries and studios for local artists. Stop in to view unique art and get a feel for the funkier side of Denver. Be sure to catch the First Friday Art Walk if you’re in town!
RiNo Arts District: This up and coming part of town is full of breweries, restaurants and coffee shops. With new businesses setting up in RiNo every day, it’s the perfect part of town to explore. Be sure to walk down the alleys to admire the constantly changing street art! One of my favorite shops in RiNo is Judith and Jo.
LoHi: LoHi is home to a few great restaurants (like Root Down, and Avanti — a food hall with a great view of the city). My favorite spot in LoHi has got to be Base Coat, a non-toxic nail salon that offers killer nail services without the toxic chemicals. They make their own polishes, lotions and scrubs, and offer a custom tea blend to sip while you relax! They also have locations in RiNo and Stanley Marketplace.
Sunnyside/Berkeley: When you’re in Sunnyside or Berkeley be sure to walk up Tennyson street for shopping, coffee, and restaurants. I love to grab a bite at Vital Root (see above!) and stop in at Lady Jones.
Sloan’s Lake: To the west of Denver is Sloan’s Lake, a rapidly developing residential area with a great park and one of my favorite plant shops, Planted.
There’s a few Denver spots you don’t want to miss, even if you skip the booze like me. Below are my favorite places to imbibe and sip on something a bit healthier!
Ratio Beerworks: This RiNo brewery has a rad courtyard that’s dog friendly and has an area to play cornhole.
Improper City: This RiNo spot is one of a kind! It functions as a coffee shop and work space during the day, then turns into a bar, beer garden (with dog-friendly turf and fire pits!), and food truck parking lot in the evening.
Wonder Press Juice: Inside Broadway Market, this cold-pressed juice joint is serving up the best fresh juice in Denver. I get the Verde and a wellness shot!
American Cultures: This kombucha tap room features a rotating list of local kombuchas. Not sure which one you want to try? You can also get a flight.
I have a full blog post about all my favorite coffee shops in Denver!