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Guidebook for Denver

Andy

Guidebook for Denver

Food Scene
Don't let the copy paper store-like exterior fool you, this place is legit for brunch! If you're looking for something sweet, go with the custard toast - it takes longer for them to prepare, but it is so worth it and is more of a fresh berry sweet than syrupy sweet. On the savory side, look no further than the tequila lime chicken sandwich - it's insanely crave-worthy and my favorite hot sandwich in the city.
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The Universal
2911 West 38th Avenue
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Don't let the copy paper store-like exterior fool you, this place is legit for brunch! If you're looking for something sweet, go with the custard toast - it takes longer for them to prepare, but it is so worth it and is more of a fresh berry sweet than syrupy sweet. On the savory side, look no further than the tequila lime chicken sandwich - it's insanely crave-worthy and my favorite hot sandwich in the city.
This delightful little shop makes wonderful skillet breakfast hashes (the D.F. is ridiculously good) served with a fresh-baked beignet. Don't miss out on fresh-squeezed juices or the amazing baked treats they have displayed in the case.
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Olive & Finch
1552 East 17th Avenue
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This delightful little shop makes wonderful skillet breakfast hashes (the D.F. is ridiculously good) served with a fresh-baked beignet. Don't miss out on fresh-squeezed juices or the amazing baked treats they have displayed in the case.
One of the few kitchens open late to get outstanding food. Most everything on the menu I've tried has been a slam dunk. What's wonderful about this place is your can come here and satisfy every hearty or light food craving ... you don't have to choose between the two! Standouts for me are definitely their Brussels Sprouts app (crispy and tangy), the Cordon Blue sandwich (topped with fondue cheese!), and the Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad. They also make Sprout Fries or Smoked Brisket Poutine which they say are "thrice-cooked" and, oh, so good.
The Pig & The Sprout
1900 Chestnut Pl
One of the few kitchens open late to get outstanding food. Most everything on the menu I've tried has been a slam dunk. What's wonderful about this place is your can come here and satisfy every hearty or light food craving ... you don't have to choose between the two! Standouts for me are definitely their Brussels Sprouts app (crispy and tangy), the Cordon Blue sandwich (topped with fondue cheese!), and the Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad. They also make Sprout Fries or Smoked Brisket Poutine which they say are "thrice-cooked" and, oh, so good.
Excellent Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Paxti's (pronounced "pah-cheese") is an excellent value choice for a group - with 5 or more, it's usually $10ish per person. Seating for a large group is also usually a non-issue, but be ready to wait 40ish minutes for your deep dish to bake!
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Patxi's Pizza
1598 East 17th Avenue
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Excellent Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Paxti's (pronounced "pah-cheese") is an excellent value choice for a group - with 5 or more, it's usually $10ish per person. Seating for a large group is also usually a non-issue, but be ready to wait 40ish minutes for your deep dish to bake!
Detroit-style pizza is served here and is delicious. You'll find a lot of unique flavors on top of the fluffy, caramelized crispy edge crust. It is on the pricey side.
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Blue Pan Pizza West Highlands
3930 West 32nd Avenue
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Detroit-style pizza is served here and is delicious. You'll find a lot of unique flavors on top of the fluffy, caramelized crispy edge crust. It is on the pricey side.
Think Chipotle, but Indian. Curry bowls are made custom to your liking and are beautifully delicious. This place is wonderful on a cold day.
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Biju's Little Curry Shop
1441 26th Street
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Think Chipotle, but Indian. Curry bowls are made custom to your liking and are beautifully delicious. This place is wonderful on a cold day.
This is not your normal burrito place. You can get a korean bbq beef burrito (phenomenal!), quesadillas, and even poke here. The unique choices and great flavors make this place worth a visit.
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Scratch Burrito
4262 Lowell Boulevard
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This is not your normal burrito place. You can get a korean bbq beef burrito (phenomenal!), quesadillas, and even poke here. The unique choices and great flavors make this place worth a visit.
Specializing in over the top desserts, this bar is a fantastic date night location. It's not just desserts anymore, you can also order savory small plates. D Bar has a high-concept feel, but is accessible enough to enjoy without tears after receiving the check.
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D Bar Denver
494 East 19th Avenue
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Specializing in over the top desserts, this bar is a fantastic date night location. It's not just desserts anymore, you can also order savory small plates. D Bar has a high-concept feel, but is accessible enough to enjoy without tears after receiving the check.
If pies are your thing, look no further. Humble Pie has you covered with creations both sweet and savory. Flavors rotate in and out, so your experience won't ever be the same. You can even get a pie blended into a milkshake!
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Humble Pie Store
3550 E Colfax Ave
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If pies are your thing, look no further. Humble Pie has you covered with creations both sweet and savory. Flavors rotate in and out, so your experience won't ever be the same. You can even get a pie blended into a milkshake!
Also known as "Pinche Tacos" but due to city law, they're not allowed to display their real name in public. They serve street tacos and began as a food truck. This place looks most anonymous from the outside and is easily missed apart from the constant crowd of hungry people outside. If you can't wait or don't feel like getting squeezed to death inside, the tacos are just as good ordering to-go.
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Tacos Tequila Whiskey
1514 York Street
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Also known as "Pinche Tacos" but due to city law, they're not allowed to display their real name in public. They serve street tacos and began as a food truck. This place looks most anonymous from the outside and is easily missed apart from the constant crowd of hungry people outside. If you can't wait or don't feel like getting squeezed to death inside, the tacos are just as good ordering to-go.
A sound-rival to Tacos Tequila Whiskey, Dos Santos is just as delicious but much more accessible (you can actually find parking and a table here). The presentation of the tacos here are astounding. I hear they also serve brunch.
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Dos Santos
1475 East 17th Avenue
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A sound-rival to Tacos Tequila Whiskey, Dos Santos is just as delicious but much more accessible (you can actually find parking and a table here). The presentation of the tacos here are astounding. I hear they also serve brunch.
Everyone talks about Little Man Ice Cream (which is fun and great), but I prefer Liks. It's got a small neighborhood feel rather than a touristy hipster vibe, even though they do have both classic and trendy flavors. The handmade ice cream here is super creamy and smooth, not at all icy like Little Man can be. Scoop sizes are generous (you can also order a single but choose two different flavors) and be sure to opt for a homemade waffle cone. The line can get long on warm nights.
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Liks Ice Cream
2039 East 13th Avenue
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Everyone talks about Little Man Ice Cream (which is fun and great), but I prefer Liks. It's got a small neighborhood feel rather than a touristy hipster vibe, even though they do have both classic and trendy flavors. The handmade ice cream here is super creamy and smooth, not at all icy like Little Man can be. Scoop sizes are generous (you can also order a single but choose two different flavors) and be sure to opt for a homemade waffle cone. The line can get long on warm nights.
Park Burger is an excellent burger restaurant that will give you a good taste for Denver cuisine. There are multiple Park Burger locations throughout the city, each with a slightly different menu.
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Park Burger Rino
2615 Walnut St
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Park Burger is an excellent burger restaurant that will give you a good taste for Denver cuisine. There are multiple Park Burger locations throughout the city, each with a slightly different menu.
Want to eat and drink like a local? Vine Street Pub & Brewery is the perfect spot to do as Denver does. Everything on the menu is made from scratch and sourced locally (my favorite is the S.O.B. Burger with upgraded cheesy fries). Their mountainous plate of wings is good for a group. They also brew their own beer on site with many options on tap. Prices are very affordable, too - the catch is that they only take cash or check, but an ATM is on site.
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Vine Street Pub & Brewery
1700 Vine Street
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Want to eat and drink like a local? Vine Street Pub & Brewery is the perfect spot to do as Denver does. Everything on the menu is made from scratch and sourced locally (my favorite is the S.O.B. Burger with upgraded cheesy fries). Their mountainous plate of wings is good for a group. They also brew their own beer on site with many options on tap. Prices are very affordable, too - the catch is that they only take cash or check, but an ATM is on site.
Another street taco joint, but oh so tasty. There's nothing traditional about the tacos here, so your tastes buds are free to explore. Be sure to try the street corn and chips and queso. The line can get long, so make an appearance before or after rush hours.
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Torchy's Tacos
1085 N Broadway
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Another street taco joint, but oh so tasty. There's nothing traditional about the tacos here, so your tastes buds are free to explore. Be sure to try the street corn and chips and queso. The line can get long, so make an appearance before or after rush hours.
Forget the overhyped Voodoo Donuts, Glazed & Confused are the true masters with a vastly superior donut. They got this incredible Root Beer Float donut that is like a Bavarian cream donut with root beer glaze and froth on top. They're on UberEATS for your convenience.
Glazed & Confuzed Donuts
2501 Dallas St
Forget the overhyped Voodoo Donuts, Glazed & Confused are the true masters with a vastly superior donut. They got this incredible Root Beer Float donut that is like a Bavarian cream donut with root beer glaze and froth on top. They're on UberEATS for your convenience.
If you don't like garlic, go home - that's what they'll tell you at this traditional Italian restaurant. They serve the best lasagna I've ever had - it is not cheap, but it is every penny worth it.
The Saucy Noodle
727 South University Boulevard
If you don't like garlic, go home - that's what they'll tell you at this traditional Italian restaurant. They serve the best lasagna I've ever had - it is not cheap, but it is every penny worth it.
The Chicken and Waffles here are unbelievably good. The space is tiny and the lines get long, so avoid peak times or get there early. You can order fresh baked goods from the counter as you wait. Don't use your cell phone at the table!
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The Cookery at Myrtle Hill
1020 South Gaylord Street
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The Chicken and Waffles here are unbelievably good. The space is tiny and the lines get long, so avoid peak times or get there early. You can order fresh baked goods from the counter as you wait. Don't use your cell phone at the table!
Good seafood and sushi can be hard to come by in a land-locked state. Sushi Hai offers an extensive menu of quality sushi and other Japanese dishes.
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Sushi Hai
3600 West 32nd Avenue
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Good seafood and sushi can be hard to come by in a land-locked state. Sushi Hai offers an extensive menu of quality sushi and other Japanese dishes.
Imagine a food court as designed for hipsters. Avanti is a fantastic place to dine and drink with a group of friends. There are multiple food truck-like concepts, so everyone can choose what they want to eat and pay a separate tab. The atmosphere is very cool and the views of the city are great.
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Avanti Food and Beverage
3200 North Pecos Street
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Imagine a food court as designed for hipsters. Avanti is a fantastic place to dine and drink with a group of friends. There are multiple food truck-like concepts, so everyone can choose what they want to eat and pay a separate tab. The atmosphere is very cool and the views of the city are great.
Tucked away from the normal restaurant scene, you may never run across this gem. The high concept menu is full of deliciously unique plates and great for a date night - especially if you want to avoid the places everyone else goes to.
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The Plimoth
2335 East 28th Avenue
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Tucked away from the normal restaurant scene, you may never run across this gem. The high concept menu is full of deliciously unique plates and great for a date night - especially if you want to avoid the places everyone else goes to.
This little shop is absolutely delightful with a small, but incredibly delicious menu. It's fantastic to find these fresh island flavors in this land-locked city. Go for the Spicy Tuna Poke and pair it with a bottle of Ramune for plenty of smiles and delights. The staff is also super friendly - be mindful that their hours are limited from 10:30 to 2:30 Tuesday through Saturday.
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Ohana Island Kitchen
2563 15th St
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This little shop is absolutely delightful with a small, but incredibly delicious menu. It's fantastic to find these fresh island flavors in this land-locked city. Go for the Spicy Tuna Poke and pair it with a bottle of Ramune for plenty of smiles and delights. The staff is also super friendly - be mindful that their hours are limited from 10:30 to 2:30 Tuesday through Saturday.
Also known as "Pinche Tacos" but due to city law, they're not allowed to display their real name in public. They serve wonderfully delicious street tacos and began as a food truck. This larger location is a much more comfortable dining experience than the York Street location.
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Tacos Tequila Whiskey
3300 West 32nd Avenue
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Also known as "Pinche Tacos" but due to city law, they're not allowed to display their real name in public. They serve wonderfully delicious street tacos and began as a food truck. This larger location is a much more comfortable dining experience than the York Street location.
A beautiful coffee shop that serves a super smooth nitro brew and many other crafted coffee beverages. Despite the cool, avant garde appearance of the interior, the relatively low prices are a nice surprise.
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Allegro Coffee Roasters
4040 Tennyson St
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A beautiful coffee shop that serves a super smooth nitro brew and many other crafted coffee beverages. Despite the cool, avant garde appearance of the interior, the relatively low prices are a nice surprise.
Think Chipotle, but Indian. Curry bowls are made custom to your liking and are beautifully delicious. This place is wonderful on a cold day and the bicycle and industrial booth build-out makes for a cool atmosphere. They also now serve fried chicken with their coconut or spicy vindaloo curry which is an absolute delight.
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Biju's Little Curry Shop
4279 Tennyson St
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Think Chipotle, but Indian. Curry bowls are made custom to your liking and are beautifully delicious. This place is wonderful on a cold day and the bicycle and industrial booth build-out makes for a cool atmosphere. They also now serve fried chicken with their coconut or spicy vindaloo curry which is an absolute delight.
A fun place to visit and where the hipsters congregate in a large open space with craft food and beverage vendors. It's better to come here for a light snack or drink than a full on meal as selection isn't the broadest and some of the kitchens close early or run out of food by the time dinner rolls around. Prices are also kinda high for food that isn't terribly memorable.
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The Denver Central Market
2669 Larimer St
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A fun place to visit and where the hipsters congregate in a large open space with craft food and beverage vendors. It's better to come here for a light snack or drink than a full on meal as selection isn't the broadest and some of the kitchens close early or run out of food by the time dinner rolls around. Prices are also kinda high for food that isn't terribly memorable.
Domo offers a really magical dining experience that feels like you've been transported out of Colorado and into Japan itself. The atmosphere feels authentic and ancient and the Northern country-style food is not what you commonly find in other Japanese cuisines. Lunch options are vast and very reasonably priced ... especially considering the portion size which is quite generous. The photos here show the incredibly delicious kara-age spicy ramen bowl with fixings, salmon teriyaki donburi, and hot matcha tea which comes with mini cup of soy milk and a little mochi!
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Domo Japanese Country Food Restaurant
1365 Osage Street
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Domo offers a really magical dining experience that feels like you've been transported out of Colorado and into Japan itself. The atmosphere feels authentic and ancient and the Northern country-style food is not what you commonly find in other Japanese cuisines. Lunch options are vast and very reasonably priced ... especially considering the portion size which is quite generous. The photos here show the incredibly delicious kara-age spicy ramen bowl with fixings, salmon teriyaki donburi, and hot matcha tea which comes with mini cup of soy milk and a little mochi!
Jelly is great because you don't have to settle for sweet or savory ... you can enjoy both! Super tasty breakfast foods and donut hole flights.
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Jelly Cafe
600 East 13th Avenue
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Jelly is great because you don't have to settle for sweet or savory ... you can enjoy both! Super tasty breakfast foods and donut hole flights.
Great build-out and atmosphere for modern Asian-inspired cuisine. The bao buns and crispy beef appetizer are excellent. You can also pay to play table tennis for added fun!
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Ace Eat Serve
501 East 17th Avenue
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Great build-out and atmosphere for modern Asian-inspired cuisine. The bao buns and crispy beef appetizer are excellent. You can also pay to play table tennis for added fun!
A great destination for ice cream lovers. This place has a dream-like quality to it, almost as if you were enjoying an ice cream parlor found in the world of Harry Potter or Willy Wonka. There's also a special ice cream and donut sandwich dessert served here!
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Sweet Cooie's Ice Cream and Confectionery
3506 12th Ave
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A great destination for ice cream lovers. This place has a dream-like quality to it, almost as if you were enjoying an ice cream parlor found in the world of Harry Potter or Willy Wonka. There's also a special ice cream and donut sandwich dessert served here!
Such a great addition to the food hall scene in Denver! The actual dining choices are far superior to the slim pickings at Denver Central Market (the kitchens also stay open late here) and the flavors are more diverse with a lot of Asian influence. Not a lot of seating for cold days, but I bet in the summer months this will be a great foodie destination for large groups of friends. Prices can climb quickly if you want more than just an entrée.
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Zeppelin Station
3501 Wazee St
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Such a great addition to the food hall scene in Denver! The actual dining choices are far superior to the slim pickings at Denver Central Market (the kitchens also stay open late here) and the flavors are more diverse with a lot of Asian influence. Not a lot of seating for cold days, but I bet in the summer months this will be a great foodie destination for large groups of friends. Prices can climb quickly if you want more than just an entrée.
Entertainment & Activities
Somehow the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre is just 30 minutes from the city - so you have no excuse to not check it out. Ideally you should experience a live show there, but if that's not possible, the park is open during the day and admission is free - you can hike the easy walking trails and marvel at the rock formations - you may even get to witness sound checks being performed to get a taste of the epic sound quality!
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
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Somehow the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre is just 30 minutes from the city - so you have no excuse to not check it out. Ideally you should experience a live show there, but if that's not possible, the park is open during the day and admission is free - you can hike the easy walking trails and marvel at the rock formations - you may even get to witness sound checks being performed to get a taste of the epic sound quality!
The best movie experience around for fans of film. Come early to order food from your seat (it's a really good menu, too) and enjoy a standard show or one of their many special events like quote-alongs or throwback movies. The strict no talking, no texting policy is great to keep your experience free of unnecessary distraction.
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Littleton
7301 S Santa Fe Dr
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The best movie experience around for fans of film. Come early to order food from your seat (it's a really good menu, too) and enjoy a standard show or one of their many special events like quote-alongs or throwback movies. The strict no talking, no texting policy is great to keep your experience free of unnecessary distraction.
The Bluebird is my favorite concert venue next to Red Rocks - and it couldn't be any more different! It is a tiny space for a very intimate concert experience. Really good artists (mostly indie or those on the verge of making it big) cycle through here and tickets are usually $10-$25.
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Bluebird Theater
3317 East Colfax Avenue
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The Bluebird is my favorite concert venue next to Red Rocks - and it couldn't be any more different! It is a tiny space for a very intimate concert experience. Really good artists (mostly indie or those on the verge of making it big) cycle through here and tickets are usually $10-$25.
The Denver Film Society established this art-house establishment. It's a great date night venue to enjoy the latest indie films.
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Sie FilmCenter
2510 East Colfax Avenue
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The Denver Film Society established this art-house establishment. It's a great date night venue to enjoy the latest indie films.
A very unique art-house for indie films. The Mayan has a very iconic architectural style that creates quite the romantic movie-going experience.
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Landmark's Mayan Theatre
110 Broadway
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A very unique art-house for indie films. The Mayan has a very iconic architectural style that creates quite the romantic movie-going experience.
The Ogden is just about the right size to catch a show with good space and visibility. It is definitely bigger than the intimate Bluebird Theatre, but not poorly situated inside like the nearby Fillmore Auditorium. Tickets prices are generally reasonable.
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Ogden Theatre
935 East Colfax Avenue
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The Ogden is just about the right size to catch a show with good space and visibility. It is definitely bigger than the intimate Bluebird Theatre, but not poorly situated inside like the nearby Fillmore Auditorium. Tickets prices are generally reasonable.
Anyone can enjoy Topgolf! It is set up like a social driving range - you rent a private bay with friends and compete with one another in various games. The golf balls have chips inside to track information and keep score as you try to hit various targets on the green. Full bar and food service is made available to your bay. You can even enjoy Topgolf on cold days as they have powerful overhead heat lamps. If you avoid peak hours, the crowds are few and the price is very reasonable.
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Topgolf
10601 E Easter Ave
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Anyone can enjoy Topgolf! It is set up like a social driving range - you rent a private bay with friends and compete with one another in various games. The golf balls have chips inside to track information and keep score as you try to hit various targets on the green. Full bar and food service is made available to your bay. You can even enjoy Topgolf on cold days as they have powerful overhead heat lamps. If you avoid peak hours, the crowds are few and the price is very reasonable.
A fun place to meet up with friends, you can grab food and drink here while playing various games such as bowling, billiards, and shuffleboard with the attitude of a hipster. Beware, parking can be a beast.
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Punch Bowl Social Denver
65 Broadway
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A fun place to meet up with friends, you can grab food and drink here while playing various games such as bowling, billiards, and shuffleboard with the attitude of a hipster. Beware, parking can be a beast.
Race along zip lines for 2-3 hours! The staff and tour guides are very fun and friendly. You can buy a Groupon deal for their Classic Course, but be sure to upgrade to the Extreme Course when you schedule your tour - it is a far superior experience and worth the extra dollars.
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours
45045 West U.S. 50
Race along zip lines for 2-3 hours! The staff and tour guides are very fun and friendly. You can buy a Groupon deal for their Classic Course, but be sure to upgrade to the Extreme Course when you schedule your tour - it is a far superior experience and worth the extra dollars.
The best movie experience around for fans of film. Come early to order food from your seat (it's a really good menu, too) and enjoy a standard show or one of their many special events like quote-alongs or throwback movies. The strict no talking, no texting policy is great to keep your experience free of unnecessary distraction.
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Sloans Lake
4255 W Colfax Ave
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The best movie experience around for fans of film. Come early to order food from your seat (it's a really good menu, too) and enjoy a standard show or one of their many special events like quote-alongs or throwback movies. The strict no talking, no texting policy is great to keep your experience free of unnecessary distraction.
A nice outdoor pool open during the summertime. It's not very spacious or full-featured, but still a good spot to cool off or do laps in the hot weather.
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Congress Park- Public Swimming Pool
850 East 9th Avenue
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A nice outdoor pool open during the summertime. It's not very spacious or full-featured, but still a good spot to cool off or do laps in the hot weather.
A wonderful public pool to hang out during the hot summer months. There are expansive splash pools for the kids (and a giant tube slide) which are separate from the main pool which is equipped with a diving board. There's also a gym for those looking to exercise.
La Alma Recreation Center
1325 W 11th Ave
A wonderful public pool to hang out during the hot summer months. There are expansive splash pools for the kids (and a giant tube slide) which are separate from the main pool which is equipped with a diving board. There's also a gym for those looking to exercise.
Denver's latest and greatest rec center features a large indoor pool and splash area, gym, ball courts, and even a outdoor climbing wall.
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Carla Madison Recreation Center
2401 E Colfax Ave
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Denver's latest and greatest rec center features a large indoor pool and splash area, gym, ball courts, and even a outdoor climbing wall.
A fantastically fun arcade destination that houses some of the latest and greatest arcades from Japan. The portfolio of games here is very impressive and most anyone can find something fun to play. The prize shop is shockingly full of imported treats and worthwhile prizes any nerd with actually want to compete for. Bowling and other analog game experiences are also offered here.
Round 1 Southwest Plaza
8501 W Bowles Ave
A fantastically fun arcade destination that houses some of the latest and greatest arcades from Japan. The portfolio of games here is very impressive and most anyone can find something fun to play. The prize shop is shockingly full of imported treats and worthwhile prizes any nerd with actually want to compete for. Bowling and other analog game experiences are also offered here.
Drinks & Nightlife
Known as the best beer tour you can get, it's no wonder why tour reservations are booked months in advance (so make your reservation ASAP). The trek to Fort Collins is more than worth it for fans of craft beer and even entertaining enough for those who don't drink. Be ready to taste a lot of beer on the walking tour - they do not skimp on the experience.
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New Belgium Brewing Company
500 Linden Street
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Known as the best beer tour you can get, it's no wonder why tour reservations are booked months in advance (so make your reservation ASAP). The trek to Fort Collins is more than worth it for fans of craft beer and even entertaining enough for those who don't drink. Be ready to taste a lot of beer on the walking tour - they do not skimp on the experience.
A really unique place to enjoy drinks with friends in a homestead-like setting. The brewery has a bar that allows guests to hang out indoors or outdoors - outside is really cool because there are lawn chairs setup around fire pits and lawn games. Food is pretty good, too.
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Breckenridge Brewery
2920 Brewery Lane
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A really unique place to enjoy drinks with friends in a homestead-like setting. The brewery has a bar that allows guests to hang out indoors or outdoors - outside is really cool because there are lawn chairs setup around fire pits and lawn games. Food is pretty good, too.
A mortuary repurposed into a restaurant and bar, Linger is a Denver staple. They have great bao buns and are known for their bacon-wrapped dates, but be sure to check out the retrofitted RV rooftop bar underneath the giant neon sign.
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Linger
2030 West 30th Avenue
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A mortuary repurposed into a restaurant and bar, Linger is a Denver staple. They have great bao buns and are known for their bacon-wrapped dates, but be sure to check out the retrofitted RV rooftop bar underneath the giant neon sign.
Wonderful bar that also serves fried chicken sandwich lunch under the name of "The Royal Rooster" by day.
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Old Major
3316 Tejon Street
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Wonderful bar that also serves fried chicken sandwich lunch under the name of "The Royal Rooster" by day.
Feels like you're drinking and dining in a house on the beach! Tasty menu selections and a fine bar.
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Cuba Cuba cafe & bar, DENVER
1173 Delaware Street
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Feels like you're drinking and dining in a house on the beach! Tasty menu selections and a fine bar.
Good spot for craft cocktails and yummy small plates with a great atmosphere at the south end of Larimer Square.
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Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
1317 14th Street
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Good spot for craft cocktails and yummy small plates with a great atmosphere at the south end of Larimer Square.
Parks & Nature
The Indian Peaks Wilderness has so much to offer those who love to hike and Mitchell Lake Trailhead is of the best. It's easily accessible with well-maintained roads and good parking (arrive before 8:30AM to avoid crowded lots). There is a small fee to enter, but it is definitely worth it. You can choose to hike a variety of different trails - Blue Lake is my favorite as the scenery and terrain constantly changes and the gorgeous lake up top is super fun to explore. You can also go to Mt. Aubudon if you want a more alpine experience. Both are stunning and easily accomplished as a day hike with moderate physical effort required.
Mitchell Lake Trailhead
The Indian Peaks Wilderness has so much to offer those who love to hike and Mitchell Lake Trailhead is of the best. It's easily accessible with well-maintained roads and good parking (arrive before 8:30AM to avoid crowded lots). There is a small fee to enter, but it is definitely worth it. You can choose to hike a variety of different trails - Blue Lake is my favorite as the scenery and terrain constantly changes and the gorgeous lake up top is super fun to explore. You can also go to Mt. Aubudon if you want a more alpine experience. Both are stunning and easily accomplished as a day hike with moderate physical effort required.
Just outside of Colorado Springs, you can see strange and beautiful red rock formations that give meaning to Colorado's name.
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众神花园
1805 N 30th St
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Just outside of Colorado Springs, you can see strange and beautiful red rock formations that give meaning to Colorado's name.
Colorado is home to a deep, deep canyon and they built a bridge to span the gap. The park was destroyed in a wildfire a few years ago, but they rebuilt it and it is much improved. The trek is long and the price is not cheap, but the terrifying view is spectacular. There are a variety of activities in and out of the park that can make the journey more worth it (use a Groupon to take a very fun extreme zip line tour just a few minutes away from the park).
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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
4218 Co Rd 3A
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Colorado is home to a deep, deep canyon and they built a bridge to span the gap. The park was destroyed in a wildfire a few years ago, but they rebuilt it and it is much improved. The trek is long and the price is not cheap, but the terrifying view is spectacular. There are a variety of activities in and out of the park that can make the journey more worth it (use a Groupon to take a very fun extreme zip line tour just a few minutes away from the park).
Colorado's most visited National Park is fairly easy to get to from the city. It can get quite packed out, so go early. Numerous hiking and sight-seeing opportunities abound. There are a few times throughout the year where admission is free, otherwise expect an entrance fee.
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洛矶山国家公园
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Colorado's most visited National Park is fairly easy to get to from the city. It can get quite packed out, so go early. Numerous hiking and sight-seeing opportunities abound. There are a few times throughout the year where admission is free, otherwise expect an entrance fee.
A new spa-like outdoor hot springs resort. If you visit Glenwood Springs, Iron Mountain is a fairly affordable way to enjoy hot springs or a traditional pool in a comfortable environment along the riverside.
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Iron Mountain Hot Springs
281 Centennial St
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A new spa-like outdoor hot springs resort. If you visit Glenwood Springs, Iron Mountain is a fairly affordable way to enjoy hot springs or a traditional pool in a comfortable environment along the riverside.
Definitely a must-see for the Colorado tourist. Hanging Lake is canyon-nestled, with transparent blue-green hue that looks otherworldly. The hike can be strenuous as it is mostly a stair climb. There are also a few small waterfalls to see near the lake. Don't miss out - but be prepared for crowds and get there as early as possible.
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Hanging Lake
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Definitely a must-see for the Colorado tourist. Hanging Lake is canyon-nestled, with transparent blue-green hue that looks otherworldly. The hike can be strenuous as it is mostly a stair climb. There are also a few small waterfalls to see near the lake. Don't miss out - but be prepared for crowds and get there as early as possible.
The beauty of this National Park (other than the obvious visuals) is the ability to roam and romp around with little restriction. Kids may get fatigued quickly climbing the sand, but there's plenty of fun stuff to experience like crossing or wading in the river or sandboarding down the dunes (which is a must and you can rent before entering the park). Climbing to the highest dune is very rewarding with spectacular views. We went in early October and the temperature was perfect for barefoot trekking which was wonderful in 50 degree weather, but definitely not a good idea when it's hot out because you'll burn your feet. Very fun place to visit.
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大沙丘国家公园
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The beauty of this National Park (other than the obvious visuals) is the ability to roam and romp around with little restriction. Kids may get fatigued quickly climbing the sand, but there's plenty of fun stuff to experience like crossing or wading in the river or sandboarding down the dunes (which is a must and you can rent before entering the park). Climbing to the highest dune is very rewarding with spectacular views. We went in early October and the temperature was perfect for barefoot trekking which was wonderful in 50 degree weather, but definitely not a good idea when it's hot out because you'll burn your feet. Very fun place to visit.
See impressive flatiron rock formations protruding from the ground. The park offers various hiking trails, some of which can provide a impressive view of Colorado's flat Eastside.
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Chautauqua Park
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See impressive flatiron rock formations protruding from the ground. The park offers various hiking trails, some of which can provide a impressive view of Colorado's flat Eastside.
There's almost always space to do what you want to do at City Park as it is rarely overcrowded like Wash Park. It is not the cleanest park as there are many geese that stay put year-round. During the summer, you can rent canoes, paddle boats, and rickshaw-like bikes. Pickup utlimate frisbee and kickball leagues meet here. Jazz in the Park (usually during the month of June) is also a huge event that is very fun to catch with live music and food trucks.
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City Park
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There's almost always space to do what you want to do at City Park as it is rarely overcrowded like Wash Park. It is not the cleanest park as there are many geese that stay put year-round. During the summer, you can rent canoes, paddle boats, and rickshaw-like bikes. Pickup utlimate frisbee and kickball leagues meet here. Jazz in the Park (usually during the month of June) is also a huge event that is very fun to catch with live music and food trucks.
This hot spring is a delight because you can create your own experience based on your preferences. You can create your own natural hot spring pool in the river, controlling temperature by moving rocks here and there which is quite fun. They also have man-made pools if you're feeling less adventurous. You'll want to stay here all day!
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Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort
15870 County Road 162
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This hot spring is a delight because you can create your own experience based on your preferences. You can create your own natural hot spring pool in the river, controlling temperature by moving rocks here and there which is quite fun. They also have man-made pools if you're feeling less adventurous. You'll want to stay here all day!
One of Denver's prettiest and busiest parks, Wash Park has expansive grass area for games like volleyball or leisurely work outs. There are some water features here, too, which can be quite lovely.
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Washington Park
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One of Denver's prettiest and busiest parks, Wash Park has expansive grass area for games like volleyball or leisurely work outs. There are some water features here, too, which can be quite lovely.
Cheesman Park is wonderful park to stroll, picnic, or sun bathe. The grass is kept nicer here than others since there are no water features (which attract geese) and cleats aren't allowed. You can also walk to the nearby Lik's Ice Cream which is a favorite spot of mine.
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Cheesman Park
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Cheesman Park is wonderful park to stroll, picnic, or sun bathe. The grass is kept nicer here than others since there are no water features (which attract geese) and cleats aren't allowed. You can also walk to the nearby Lik's Ice Cream which is a favorite spot of mine.
Essentials
It's not the easiest to find, but the adventurous food choices at affordable prices make it totally worth it. It is small and can get crowded at times - I usually have good luck in the morning or after 7PM.
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Trader Joe's
661 Logan Street
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It's not the easiest to find, but the adventurous food choices at affordable prices make it totally worth it. It is small and can get crowded at times - I usually have good luck in the morning or after 7PM.
A very urban experience, which may be uncomfortable for people who aren't accustomed to city life - but this store is one of the few places to get groceries downtown and the selection is quite good and it's just a few blocks from my doorstep.
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King Soopers
1331 Speer Boulevard
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A very urban experience, which may be uncomfortable for people who aren't accustomed to city life - but this store is one of the few places to get groceries downtown and the selection is quite good and it's just a few blocks from my doorstep.
A Japanese grocery store that is packed with all kinds of imported ingredients and snacks that would be otherwise hard-to-find.
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Pacific Mercantile Company
1925 Lawrence Street
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A Japanese grocery store that is packed with all kinds of imported ingredients and snacks that would be otherwise hard-to-find.
Getting Around
This light rail station is two blocks from my doorstep. From here you can go deeper into downtown to access the Convention Center, Performing Arts Center, and 16th Street Mall. Visit www.rtd-denver.com for detailed info.
Colfax at Auraria Station
West Colfax Avenue
This light rail station is two blocks from my doorstep. From here you can go deeper into downtown to access the Convention Center, Performing Arts Center, and 16th Street Mall. Visit www.rtd-denver.com for detailed info.
This light rail station is just three blocks from my doorstep and provides access to the majority of other light rail lines. From here, you can go North to Union Station or South to Denver Tech Center, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch. Visit www.rtd-denver.com for detailed info.
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10th & Osage Station
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This light rail station is just three blocks from my doorstep and provides access to the majority of other light rail lines. From here, you can go North to Union Station or South to Denver Tech Center, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch. Visit www.rtd-denver.com for detailed info.
Union Station was recently reinstated as the transportation hub of Denver and they did a masterful job restoring its former glory and infusing it with modern amenities. The architecture and interior design alone make it worth visiting. There are a variety of good dining options and in the summer a farmers market sets up shop on the front terraces.
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Denver Union Station
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Union Station was recently reinstated as the transportation hub of Denver and they did a masterful job restoring its former glory and infusing it with modern amenities. The architecture and interior design alone make it worth visiting. There are a variety of good dining options and in the summer a farmers market sets up shop on the front terraces.
Denver's central hub for train and bus transportation has become a vital tourist attraction. It has been beautifully renovated, full of sights to see and things to eat or drink. A farmer's market will also pop up here on the summer weekends. From here, you can catch the A Line train to DIA, buses to further out destinations like Boulder or Colorado Springs, or connect to other local routes.
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LoDo
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Denver's central hub for train and bus transportation has become a vital tourist attraction. It has been beautifully renovated, full of sights to see and things to eat or drink. A farmer's market will also pop up here on the summer weekends. From here, you can catch the A Line train to DIA, buses to further out destinations like Boulder or Colorado Springs, or connect to other local routes.
Shopping
Cherry Creek is the closest full-scale shopping mall and very accessible from my home. The area is generally home to a wealthier demographic and is reflected in the selection of shops. Garage parking is free for the first hour, but fees apply thereafter.
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Cherry Creek Shopping Center
3000 East 1st Avenue
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Cherry Creek is the closest full-scale shopping mall and very accessible from my home. The area is generally home to a wealthier demographic and is reflected in the selection of shops. Garage parking is free for the first hour, but fees apply thereafter.
More of a downtown strip with chain restaurants and souvenir shops sprinkled here and there, but 16th Street Mall can be quite the people-watching experience and is within walking distance. You can walk the strip within 20 minutes or take the Free Mall Ride. In the summer, there are a variety of street performers and interactive displays or festivals that make their way onto the mall.
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16th Street Mall
1001 16th Street
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More of a downtown strip with chain restaurants and souvenir shops sprinkled here and there, but 16th Street Mall can be quite the people-watching experience and is within walking distance. You can walk the strip within 20 minutes or take the Free Mall Ride. In the summer, there are a variety of street performers and interactive displays or festivals that make their way onto the mall.
A novelty candy store that is great fun to explore. They have every flavor of bottled soda you could possibly imagine (and not imagine), a case of 50ish different types of root beer, and of course, candy.
Rocket Fizz
1512 Larimer St
A novelty candy store that is great fun to explore. They have every flavor of bottled soda you could possibly imagine (and not imagine), a case of 50ish different types of root beer, and of course, candy.
A unique independent bookstore. Now that the downtown flagship store has down-sized, the East Colfax location seems to exhibit the most interesting atmosphere of the various locations. Book signings and special events often occur here, creating a rich sense of community for readers.
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Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax
2526 East East Colfax Avenue
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A unique independent bookstore. Now that the downtown flagship store has down-sized, the East Colfax location seems to exhibit the most interesting atmosphere of the various locations. Book signings and special events often occur here, creating a rich sense of community for readers.
Since downsizing, the flagship Tattered Cover Bookstore has lost some of its charm. It is still a fun place to explore for an old-school, independent bookstore feel.
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Tattered Cover Union Station
1701 16th Street
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Since downsizing, the flagship Tattered Cover Bookstore has lost some of its charm. It is still a fun place to explore for an old-school, independent bookstore feel.
A very funky, yet very nice record store. Its a great place to thumb through vinyl both old and new. There are plenty of novelty gift items to enjoy as well.
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Twist & Shout Records
2508 East Colfax Avenue
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A very funky, yet very nice record store. Its a great place to thumb through vinyl both old and new. There are plenty of novelty gift items to enjoy as well.
IKEA is an experience unto itself. Best to go early morning, late evening, or during work hours unless you want to fight hordes of desperate shoppers and legions of kids.
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IKEA
9800 East IKEA Way
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IKEA is an experience unto itself. Best to go early morning, late evening, or during work hours unless you want to fight hordes of desperate shoppers and legions of kids.
The nicest shopping center around, Park Meadows feels like you're walking through a Colorado mountain lodge. They also have some unique shops sprinkled in like The LEGO Store, Tesla, and Lolli & Pops.
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Park Meadows Mall
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The nicest shopping center around, Park Meadows feels like you're walking through a Colorado mountain lodge. They also have some unique shops sprinkled in like The LEGO Store, Tesla, and Lolli & Pops.
One of my favorite antique stores is a easy 15 minute walk from my home in the Santa Fe Arts District. They have nicely curated furniture and trinkets for very decent prices. Always fun to see what's new old things appear here, especially on First Fridays when the entire Santa Fe Drive is lit up with live music, food trucks, and open galleries.
Garage Vintage
776 Santa Fe Drive
One of my favorite antique stores is a easy 15 minute walk from my home in the Santa Fe Arts District. They have nicely curated furniture and trinkets for very decent prices. Always fun to see what's new old things appear here, especially on First Fridays when the entire Santa Fe Drive is lit up with live music, food trucks, and open galleries.