Doing Denver in Style

Colorado dazzles. And thankfully I can lay claim to its beauty and diversity since I grew up just east of the Rocky Mountains. So, when I had an opportunity to sneak away for the New Year, I naturally chose home. Uncharacteristically lacking snow in January, I wasn't able to snowmobile, but I did spend a few lovely days in the mountains and a few precious days traversing's Denver's awesome food and shopping scene.  So, in honor of my hometown, I've compiled a "best of" list with all the best Denver has to offer from the best after work happy hour to the best gastro pub.

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THE BEST BRUNCH

Lucile's Creole Cafe, serves up classic Creole fare, from gumbo to shrimp etouffee.

275 South Logan Street

(303) 282-6258

THE BEST AFTER WORK HAPPY HOUR

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Kona's Grill, next to Neiman Marcus, has yummy small bites and signature drinks for the fashionable set.

3000 East 1st Avenue #184

(720) 974-1300

THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD

El Camino Community Tavern in the downtown Highland neighborhood has the best enchiladas in red sauce I've ever tasted!

3628 West 32nd Avenue 

(720) 889-7946

THE BEST BOOKSTORE

The famous Tattered Cover bookstore is a Colorado staple for good reason. With an impressive collection of books, this store has the feel and service of a boutique store.

2526 East Colfax Avenue

(303) 322-7727

THE BEST GYM AND SPA

Pura Vida is, by far, Denver's chicest fitness and spa. Yoga, kickboxing, and spin classes are first-rate!

2955 East 1st Avenue 

(303) 321-PURA (7872)

THE BEST GASTROPUB

The Thirsty Lion in Cherry Creek has excellent craft beers and small plates.

201 Columbine Street #100

(303) 377-7000

THE BEST TEA SHOP

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Platform T-Baker, is the most adorable contemporary tea house, with late night food and live performances and of course loose leaf, tea pots and reserve TEAS!

95 Lincoln Street

(303) 777-5687

THE BEST NEW AMERICAN BISTRO AND COFFEE BAR

Olive and Finch, offers a warm market, pastries and sandwiches along with coffee, beers and wines along with traditional American fare.

1552 East 17th Avenue 

(303) 955-0455

THE BEST PIZZA

Piccolos, a Denver tradition for years, serves ups the best 10-inch pepperoni pizza EVER! The prices are incredibly fare and the bar drinks aren't for the faint of heart!

3563 South Monaco PKWY

(303) 757-5166

THE BEST BURGER

5280 serves up the best burgers , draft beers and shakes (think Belgian chocolate and caramelized banana) this side of the Mississippi!

500 16th Street 

(303) 825-1020

If you know of other Denver haunts worth mentioning, leave their info in our comment's section!