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.
THE BEST BRUNCH
Lucile's Creole Cafe, serves up classic Creole fare, from gumbo to shrimp etouffee.
275 South Logan Street
THE BEST AFTER WORK HAPPY HOUR
Kona's Grill, next to Neiman Marcus, has yummy small bites and signature drinks for the fashionable set.
3000 East 1st Avenue #184
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
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
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
THE BEST TEA SHOP
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
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
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
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
If you know of other Denver haunts worth mentioning, leave their info in our comment's section!