The Mile High City has been getting a lot of attention lately! From the lively and exciting Ballpark District to the hip and modern Highlands, the are plenty of places to explore and enjoy. With all it has to offer, chances are, you probably know someone that has packed up and made the move to Denver recently (our editor in chief did last year!). But even by just visiting, you can see a lot of the city’s appeal. And with fall right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take the trip! When you do, this weekend guide to Denver will guarantee you hit all the best places to indulge, explore, and stay in the capital of colorful Colorado.
Where to Stay:
The ART, a hotel, is a unique luxury experience focused on showcasing captivating pieces of contemporary art. It’s located in the heart of Denver just steps from the Denver Art Museum, and offers access to a diverse, historical community that’s ideal for both day and night exploration. Staying at The ART is a truly unforgettable experience, with eye-catching masterpieces around every corner. Just be sure to ask for a room with an ocean view 😉
Where to Indulge:
Denver Biscuit Company: Whether you prefer a savory or sweet breakfast, the Denver Biscuit Company offers the best of both worlds! This southern breakfast spot has more than generous serving sizes that will curb your hunger all day and leave your mouth watering! With a variety of foods from biscuits to sandwiches and bottomless coffee, you’ll be wishing you could spend every morning brunching here!
Little Owl Coffee: This cute coffee shop is located in the heart of lower downtown Denver and perfect for that mid-morning pick-me-up! Little Owl Coffee is known for their craft coffee, espresso and locally-sourced beans, so each cup is full of character. The small space has a sleek interior with large windows, making it the best place to soak in the sun while getting your caffeine fix!
Postino in LoHi: There are so many awesome places to sip in Denver, but this is one of our absolute faves! Located in the growing neighborhood of LoHi, this italian wine cafe offers a fun atmosphere with tasty paninis and insta-worthy charcuterie boards! Grab a spot on the patio and enjoy the Colorado sunshine!
Denver Central Market: If you’re in the mood for all sorts of food, head to the Denver Central Market and choose from a variety of restaurants inside! The bright and energetic ambiance carries through the market to the outdoor patio, the perfect spot to enjoy your summer sips and bites. From the delicious breakfast burritos at Izzio to the boozy drinks at Curio, Denver Central Market has plenty of options to satisfy all your cravings!
Little Man Ice Cream: This Denver favorite offers the creamiest ice cream in town along with one of the most stunning views of the city! Also known as the “oversized milk can,” Little Man offers multiple flavors and every scoop is matched with food that is donated to a community in need around the world! If you have a sweet tooth like we do, then stop by this hand-crafted creamery for a little taste of your own.
Where to Explore:
16th Street Mall: This stretch of road that runs throughout the center of Denver is a gathering place for anyone looking to shop, eat, see a movie, or people watch! The free shuttle will take you from one side to the other with plenty of stops along the way. In the day or night, the 16th street mall has endless entertainment for all ages. Plus, it’s lined with over 200 trees and nearly a million twinkling lights up above so it’s pretty too. At any time of year, it’s the perfect place to explore!
The ART Run: While you’re staying at The ART, a hotel, be sure to ask the concierge for a map that will lead you on an urban art ‘running’ tour throughout Denver’s best public art scene! Whether you prefer to walk, run, or bike, this self-guided tour lets you experience the culture while being surrounded by beautiful skyscrapers that may even spark the artist in you!
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The Dairy Block: Located in lower downtown Denver (LoDo), this space was handcrafted to celebrate Denver’s historical dairy industry. The Dairy Block got it’s unique name from Windsor Dairy, which was eventually owned by H. Brown Cannon. It was created to honor his prestige work in the dairy industry as well as his leadership roles in the city of Denver. The recently renovated active pedestrian alley spotlights local vendors and artists! Aside from the variety of food and drinks, you can shop at unique stores and snap photos with the abundance of instagrammable moments that The Dairy Block has to offer!
Where are your favorite places to visit in Denver?