Design & Dining in the Mile High City: A Weekend Guide to Denver, Colorado

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  • Colorado

  • Denver

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  • Arts & Culture

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Explore the vibrancy of the Mile High City through a weekend of design and dining. Enjoy unique spaces for arts and culture in downtown Denver ranging from iconic museums of the Golden Triangle Creative District to quaint galleries and neighborhood street art in RiNo. Pull up a chair at one of the many downtown restaurants or bars to experience unique menus with Colorado fresh and local ingredients. With so many options on offer, it’s hard to narrow it down to just a handful!

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Activities & sightseeing for a glorious Denver weekend

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Clyfford Still Museum: View the unique vision and work of Clyfford Still. Join a tour or take part in a museum-hosted workshop or event.

Denver Art Museum: The unique modern architecture of the DAM isn’t all that’s on offer. Check out an extensive art collection with over 70,000 works and 12 permanent collections.

Denver Botanic Gardens: Take a stroll through the gardens or join a tour. The venue is also a host to art exhibitions and offers docent-led and curatorial staff-led tours at the Freyer-Newman Center gallery.

Places to eat & drink in Denver

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Breakfast & brunch

Denver Biscuit Company: You guessed it, a long list of biscuit breakfast sandwich options, and they’re all scrumptious. The Lola with a side of house-made jam, please!

Hoja: Enjoy Mexican-inspired breakfast staples with a café de olla. Tasty veg-friendly options, too.

Stowaway Kitchen: Unique, globally inspired dishes with cocktails and coffee / tea on offer. Why settle for a Bloody Mary when you can get a Bloody Hell, Mary?

Lunch & dinner

Cart-Driver: Straightforward but well-done menu of wood-fired pizzas, antipasti and oysters.

Dio Mio: Counter-service option for a curated selection of artisanal pasta dishes. It ain't fancy, but it's tasty.

Safta: Lively, charming spot at The Market Hall for Israeli cuisine. Enjoy an array of salatim with warm wood-fired pita, and leave room for dessert.

Ophelias Electric Soapbox: An eclectic self-touted “gastrobrothel” that’s a mix of restaurant, bar and live music venue. Look no further for an entertaining evening (or brunch!).

Somebody People: Inventive vegan eats, tasty enough to satisfy meat-eaters, too. Give it a try!

The Greenwich: Delicious New American food with a focus on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Flavorful entrées, unique pizza pies and seasonally inspired cocktails in a family-style setting. Located in the RiNO neighborhood.

Work & Class: An unpretentious option with a philosophy that simple and familiar high-quality ingredients make for delicious dishes. American and Latin American flavors with draft cocktail options. The Massive Attack Salad is a tried-and-true staple.

Libations

Adrift: Lean in to the tiki of it all. Fresh drinks with a tropical island vibe.

Improper City - It's all the things for an easy-going good time – beers on tap, full bar, outdoor patio, games, street art murals and rotating food trucks.

The Wild: Casual modern spot for cocktails (and coffee) near Union Station. Whether you're posted up with a laptop and a latte, or grabbing a pre-dinner drink, both fit the vibe of this venue.

Yacht Club: A dive bar, but refined. Order up a fancy craft cocktail accompanied by a good ol’ hot dog and bag of Classic Lay’s in this laid-back bar.

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