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Last Year I decided to Visit Denver for the weekend. And the best way to get to this beautiful city was flying with Southwest Airlines®. My trip was on November 16th. There are a lot of great things to do in Denver, Colorado, and I will give you the best Denver visitors guide. From exploring Denver points of interest, to trying a beer at the best Denver breweries, to attending a concert at Red Rocks, I’ve got you covered for your Denver weekend itinerary.
I traveld to Denver with Southwest Airlines®. So I decided to do a 5 day trip, this was my second time in Denver.
I would love to introduce Denver as what it is right now. From its origins as a mining settlement established in the 1850s, Denver Colorado has grown into the premier city in the entire Rocky Mountain region. And in recent years, the rest of America has begun to realize that the Mile High City is not the cowtown of its reputation of yore. The city’s population has grown over the past decade, as people especially young professionals have fled the coasts in search of a more relaxed lifestyle, better weather, access to the mountains, more affordable housing, and the many fun things to do in Denver.
In short, Denver is currently one of the hottest cities in the entire United States.
And it’s easy to see why. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Denver’s climate will keep you cheery even during the depths of winter. With easy access to some of the most beautiful mountains this side of Alaska, you can spend your days hiking or skiing and still return to town in time to grab dinner and check out one of Denver’s many new microbreweries.
About My Trip.
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. I 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 I didn’t had a car and only rent one when I absolutely need it (like If wanted to go to the mountains).
Unfortunately I don't have any experience with local hotels, but I'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. You can also find great Hotels deals at Southwest Airlines® website. I recommend staying in the Business District (upper downtown), LoDo (lower downtown), LoHi (lower highlands), Capitol Hill, or Cheesman Park. 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 great 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.
This are some of my favorite places that I visited or I was recommended to go. 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 - 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.
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. My friend told me they make the best breakfast sandwiches in town.
QUICK + EASY
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. Their coffee isn't anything worth writing about (in fact, stay away from it) but they have a chocolate selection that makes my inner fat kid go crazy.
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.
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Mercantile - Easily one of the best restaurants in town.
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 - Their drinks are great.
Potager - Slow food right in the heart of Capitol Hill.
Uncle - RAMEN.
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.
I love coffee so definitely I had to check out some coffee places. I will leave you some of my favorites. Denver has some really good coffee spots for your instagram post.
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.
New! Caffe Figurati - OAT MILK FTW.
Crema - Loved the iced coffee.
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.
Thin Man - This is probably my favorite place to grab a drink in town.
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.
P S Lounge - Really cool bar.
STUFF TO DO
Clyfford Still - This is one of my 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?).
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.
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.
Mayan Theatre - This is one of my favorite theaters in town. It doesn't show a lot 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'.
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.
Twist & Shout - For the music lover.
Sub Rosa Mercantile - Jewelry, housewares, etc.
My trip to Denver was definitely a great experience. Denver has a lot of things to do. I had such an awesome time exploring Denver and beyond and cannot wait to return in this winter for some snow fun.
When visiting Denver, what’s your favorite innovative eat or art experience in Denver? Please share in the comments below!
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