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I’ve been to Denver once before for a hot second on my way to Rocky Mountain National Park for a wedding [so fun!], so this was first time really experiencing Denver [spent time in the city for four days on a work-away with Isaac]… + wow, I’m obsessed. If Denver had a beach, I would seriously move here in a heart beat. The coffee shops, healthy + trendy restaurants, sunny days, + MOUNTAINS are so dreamy. It makes sense why more + more people are moving here. Take a visit + you’ll see why I love this city so much!

Coffee

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Sapor Coffee + Concepts / saporcoffee.com

#1] Sapor Coffee + Concepts: I got the matcha latte with oat milk ++ an espresso ((you know the place is legit when the espresso comes with sparkling water)). Vibes are minimalist, open, + white. It’s a great space for working for a few hours!

#2] Just BE Kitchen: CUTEST PLACE EVER. The matcha coconut milk latte is everything. Golden milk lattes, chai bulletproof latte, kombucha, + more… I want to drink//eat the entire menu. They have a breakfast all day menu [+ it’s all gluten + grain + refined sugar free]. GIMME.

#3] Carbon Cafe + Bar: Bulletproof coffee, Oatley lattes, CBD cold brew, + more. This had the largest menu for fun, interesting drinks ((coffee + tea + cocktails, lol)). Also, the Habit Doughnut Dispensary is right next door… I don’t even like donuts, but wow they are all gorgeous.

#4] Little Owl Coffee: Tucked in the heart of downtown, this is more of a grab + go coffee shop — small + quaint! All of their pastries looked incredible ((they had a savory puff pastry that I was eyeing)). No matcha, so go here only if you are a coffee fan : ) [they do have chai though!].

#5] Stowaway Kitchen: I had just eaten lunch or else I definitely would have grabbed food here — they had a to-go cafe, too! The cappuccino with house made cashew milk… so yum.

#6] Beet Box: If you’re into donuts, you’ll love this place. I got the breakfast sandwich, quiche, + almond croissant… may have gone a little overboard, I just wanted to try everything! ; )

#7] Novo Coffee: I was super excited to their housemade pop-tarts, but they were all out by the like, 930 AM… so sad. However, my cold brew + oat milk + cinnamon was delicious.

Cafes I Want To Check Out Next Time: Aviano, Sun Valley Kitchen, Spur Coffee, Blue Sparrow, Black Eye Coffee, Thump, Izzio Bakery, Amethyst Coffee Company, The Molecule Effect, Brew Culture Coffee, Hudson Hill, Berrygood CO, Port Side ((*clearly there are tons of incredible coffee shops in Denver!)))

Pro Tip: “Cappy Hour” — spend one hour at a coffee shop… when the hour is up, head to another coffee shop! Beware of the caffeine buzz though… switch it up with matcha, kombucha, or a pastry ; ).

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Restaurants

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Cacaco Acai Bowl from The Corner Beet / @etavierne

#1] The Corner Beet: I’m still drooling thinking abotu the Capital Toast With Mozzerella, + Cacao Acai Bowl. We also got the housemade kava, which was too bitter for me — I’d maybe do it in a tonic//smoothie if I were to get it again. It made the top of your tongue numb though, which was strange. The vibes were funky, authentic hippie, ++ next door is a new yoga space opening up, which I’m excited to check out. *I want to eat everything on this menu.

#2] Green Seed Market: Inside the Denver Central Market, I split the Kale Yeah Mother Brussel, Medi Bowl [literally a mound of pesto on top, so freaking good], + a housemade juice. *I want to eat everything on this menu.

#3] Superfood Bar: While you can eat inside, this is moreso grab + go — all vegan smoothies, juices, wraps, + salads! Smoothies: Banana Nut [added: espresso, protein+ extra granola on top] + Peaches + Green. WOW. I can easily picture myself going to Kindness Yoga [next door!] + grabbing a smoothie after I get my sweat on. *I want to eat everything on this menu.

#4] Safta: Go here for a fancy(er) night out with friends — it’s perfect for sharing style. Must eats = Lamb Ragu Hummus, Cauliflower Hummus, + Autumn Salad. Also, it’s in the coolest building — The Source, so make sure you make time to browse before [or after!] eating ; ).

#5] Culture Meat + Cheese: Inside the Denver Central Market, the happy hour is a $6 mini cheese plate — so yum. Highly recommend grabbing wine at Curio — the vendor next door.

#6] Root Down: The menu changes seasonally, with a focus on local ingredients. The cocktails looked delicious — so I’d recommend this for a weekend date night . Everything was delicious… Colorado Lamb Sliders, Brussels Sprouts + Kale Salad, Sweet Potato Fries with Curry Lime Yogurt. Also, the SPORTea is so amazing [+ free refills!].

#7] City O’ City: I went here for breakfast with a few friends — tempeh bacon hash + power waffle is the way to go. The vibe is eclectic — very artisty + fun. There’s also a super cute plant//home goods boutique close by that you need to stop in on your way to or from City O’ City!

#8] Acorn: Also tucked inside The Source [seriously, so many amazing eats here!] — there menu constantly changes. Right now, for example, it’s menu #266. All the plates are small plates, ++ they have incredible cocktails. Go here for a fancy night out!

#9] Vital Root: Oh my gosh, this place is dreamy. First of all — it’s on a funky street that you should totally walk up + down, after you eat. I got the Indian Kitchari + Banh Mi Tacos. Also! They have an awesome Happy Hour from 3–6 PM Tuesday-Sunday!

#10] Whole Foods: There’s a reason Whole Foods is on the list… WOW. Go to the Whole Foods next to Union Station. + get all the things from the Hot Bar. UNREAL.

Restaurants I Want To Check Out Next Time: Linger, The Rotary, Ophelia, Berriegood Co, Taspen’s Cosmic Kitchen, Nomaste, Spice Room, Biju’s Little Curry Shop, Super Mega Bien, Annette, Ash’Kara, Della Radice, Chook Charcoal Chicken, Comal Heritage Food Incubator, Vinh Xuong Bakery, Barcelona Wine Bar, El Five [*so bummed I wasn’t able to eat here… apparently the best view in Denver — go at sunset!], Denver Milk Market

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Shops + Cute Places

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Modern Nomad / modernnomaddenver.com

#1] Union Station: If you’re flying into Denver, definitely take the train — it’s cheap, clean + will drop you off into Union Station, which is seriously so cute. Vibes are on point to both lounge with friends, or get some work done!

#2] The Source: MUST VISIT* Home to a hotel, tons of little vendors [eats + boutiques], flower shop, brewery, + more. It’s super cool industrial vibes — I could spend hours here. Eat at Safta or Acorn!

#3] Denver Central Market: MUST VISIT* Omg, this place is my heaven. Grab a coffee at Crema Bodega, a pastry at Izzio, a salad at Green Seed, a meet + cheese board at Culture, + a glass of wine at Curio. ++ maybe even some chocolates at Temper, because why not : ). I’m in love with this space.

#4] Modern Nomad: I want to buy everything in this boutique. From furniture to jewelry to clothes to succulents to crystals… Mondern Nomad has it all.

#5] Walk Down RiNo: RiNo [River North’s Art District] is the coolest area in Denver — home to murals on seemingly every wall. Home to tons of coffee shops, breweries, bars, boutiques, + galleries… if you’re lucky to be in Denver on the first Friday of the month, all the studios//galleries are open until 9 PM!

Places I Want To Check Out Next Time: Washington Park, “The Longest, Wickedest Street in America” — Montclair, A Speakeasy, Nocture [Jazz Bar], Yeah Baby [Pop Up Bar], Shops — Midnight Rambler, Meraki Moon, Denver Flea, RusticThread

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Wellness

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Samadhi Center For Yoga / samadhiyoga.net

#1] Denver Sports Recovery: *First day is free! Electric stimulation, hot//cold tubs, sauna, free weights + bands, foam rollers, compression boots, + more. It’s similar to Edge Athlete Lounge in Chicago — but larger. If I lived in Denver, I’d go here 1–2X per week, no doubt.

#2] Samadhi Center For Yoga: Go to a class with Jeremy! His candlelight vinyasa class was incredible. This space falls in the category “spiritual yoga” rather than “modern yoga” — which I love.

#3] American Cultures: Kombucha on tap! The menu is constantly rotating but I loved the jalapeno pineapple kombucha, so make sure to try that if it’s still on the menu. ; )

Wellness Spots I Want To Check Out Next Time: Kindness Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga Denver, Alchemy Face Bar [facials], Fierce45 [pilates], Alchemy 365 [yoga + HIIT], Corepower HQ, Transform Colorado

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Stay: I was fortunate to stay with my friends [thank you Josh + Sils!] — but I recommend the LoHi neighborhood… it’s walking distance to pretty much everything I mentioned, + it’s hip! Or, check out places in RiNo.

As Heard In Denver: “There are health benefits that come with happiness — regardless of what you’re eating.” [Habit Doughnut Dispensary]

The best part about Denver? There are endless outdoor adventures a car ride away. Boulder Guide… comin’ soon : ). Any hidden Denver gems that I missed? Let me know!

Check out my instagram highlights “Denver” for more at @etavierne.

++ Elisabeth

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