The Best of Denver Guide
Food & Wine
Arts & Culture
Originally from the Midwest, I moved to Denver in 2021. I have fallen in love with the city and would love to share my favorites with other locals or visitors. Close to many beautiful mountain towns, Denver is a central spot to start an adventurous vacation!
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Where to stay in Denver, Colorado
The Source Hotel
An ultra-stylish, modern Denver retreat with Scandinavian- and Japanese-inspired design.
Four Seasons Hotel Denver
Upscale high-rise hotel in the heart of Denver with elegant rooms, spa, outdoor heated pool and fitness center.
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Life House, Lower Highlands
Refined hotel with chic rooms and a high-end restaurant in Denver's hip LoHi district.
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Things to do in Denver, Colorado
Denver Botanic Gardens: 24 acres showcasing plants from around the world. In the summer, enjoy "Music at the Gardens" as well as year round events and exhibits. Tickets can be purchased online here.
Breweries: Denver is known for it's beer! There are endless breweries and tours to hit. Head out to Golden, CO (~25 mins from Denver) to visit Coors. Or, hang out in Denver's RiNo neighborhood. Highlights: Ratio Beer Works and Our Mutual Friend Brewing
Concerts: If timing works out, Denver is home to some awesome music venues and music-lovers alike. Look for shows at Red Rocks, Mission Ballroom and Bluebird Theater.
Parks: Sloan's Lake, Washington Park, City Park, and Cheeseman Park are awesome spots to enjoy the greenery in Denver. If you have a dog, check out Cherry Creek State Park (~25 mins from Denver ... where there are 107 fenced-in acres of land for dogs to roam without a leash.
Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park (~90 min drive from Denver) and/or Boulder (~40 min drive). Estes Park is the home of the famous Stanley Hotel. You can stop in Boulder on the way to walk along Pearl Street.
Summer: Hit up Golden Colorado and tube down the river! You can rent tubes but the cheapest option is buying your own from Walmart or Target.
Red Rocks: Morrison Colorado. Whether you're seeing a show or just checking out the grounds, this iconic amphitheater is a must visit. Anyone can access the concert venue when there is not a show and you'll often see locals using the steps for exercise on the weekends.
Places to eat & drink in Denver, Colorado
The Weathervane Cafe - Try: The chickpea wrap and the chai latte with oat milk, add orange blossom syrup (iced or hot.)
Queen's Eleven - Try: Iced oat milk latte (the best!)
Thump Coffee - Try: The smashed avocado on an everything bagel.
Rosenberg's Bagels - NYC style! Try their scallion cream cheese.
Honey Hill - Try: the lattes!
Blue Moon Brewery - Try: The grilled cheese with tomato soup and the pretzel bites.
Stueben's Uptown for brunch, make sure to get the crispy smashed potatoes and the Wake Up & Rage breakfast cocktail.
Root Down - Try: Carrot cake french toast, the lamb burger, and the veggie burger slider.
Marczyk Fine Foods - Specialty grocery store - head to the deli counter for delicious sandwiches and prepared foods.
Daughter Thai Kitchen & Bar - Try: Pad See Moa and the vegetarian crispy roll.
Ash'Kara - Try: whipped feta and the chocolate tahini brownie.
Linger - Try: chili garlic edamame, the carrot falafel plate and the bao buns.
Postino Wine Bar -Try: The Boards and the grilled cheese.
Redeemer Pizza - Best for slices! Rotating specialty slices available daily.
Blue Pan Pizza - Award-winning Detroit style, thicker crust.
White Pie - Options include New Haven style crust (thin, similar to a flatbread) and Sicilian style (thicker, square pan pizza.)
Lady Jane - Try: Chai Town or Blood Magic.
Run for the Roses. Let the bartenders help you decide!Room for Milly - Try: The SS City of Paris or Top Sid.
Honey Elixir Bar -Try: Honey Bear or RiNo Shrub.
The Tatarian - Try: The Senator or Saturn.
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