Denver Downtown, Colorado
Also known as the "Mile-High-City" due to its above sea-level (apparently not due to is legalization of cannabis), this city embraces the outdoors. One of America's "most walkable cities", lined with various cycling paths and famous for their NFL team the Denver Broncos.
The former gold-mine town has also become a culinary mecca with streets around Larimer Square lined with top restaurants.
- The Market: The scent of freshly brewed coffee hangs in the air, home-baked goods and a beautiful patio are inviting you for breakfast, an afternoon coffee or a piece of home-baked cake. Located in a movie-like historic building on Larimer Square, this place was the first espresso bar between NYC and LA, before Starbucks and other coffee houses opened up on every corner in the US.
- novo coffee: A family-owned café focusing on authenticity when it comes to sourcing and roasting coffee. I later found out they roast the coffee on Larimer St. and you can stop by every Friday 1:00 until 4:00 pm. The shop offers coffee, novo coffee beans for home and local beer and wine.
- Tamayo: I just love Mexican restaurant when in the US. Tamayo serves delicious tacos with just the right amount of spice, Margaritas with just the right amount of sour and views from their rooftop to soak in the evening sunsets while sipping your drink.
- Root Down: Dinner with evening skyline views of Denver? Oh, yes! At this sustainable, low-impact restaurant (wind-power, recycling, on-site gardens). This restaurant is located in an old gas station in the Denver Highlands, hence the views. The seasonal menu offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and a reservation is a must. They have a sister-restaurant at DIA airport
- Indian Hot Springs: While in Colorado for many visitors a visit to Colorade is not complete without a visit to the Rocky Mountains or to one of the mineral hot springs. We've picked the Indian Hot Springs due to their proximity 30 miles west of Denver. Book your private outside jacuzzi, inside mineral water swimming pool, or soak in the geo-thermal cave baths- my personal highlight. The caves are in the solid rock mountains, think of walk-in hot tubs with temperatures of up to 112°F / 44°C.
- Dining Al Fresco: Enjoy al-fresco dining at one of the award-winning restaurant on Larimer Square. The street is closed off for traffic while you get to enjoy a dinner under the sky and lights on this lively street. A reservation for participating restaurants is mandatory. Stay up to date with events on Larimer Square here.
- 16th Street Mall: This street runs through Downtown Denver for 1.25 miles (2 km) and is home to many high-street stores, restaurants and the Denver Pavillons. You will also find street performers, with many folk and vocal musicians. And there is a free mall ride, an electric shuttle bus which stops at every intersection on 16th Street.
- Larimer Square: The city's most historic and oldest block not only is a spot for an evening out, it is also your go-to are for independent boutiques. From barber-shops to toxin-free beauty products to local designer wear and wine accessories - you will even find a pet boutique.
WHERE TO STAY
- aloft Denver Downtown: This was my first time at an aloft hotel and it's interesting how hotels always proclaim they want their lobby to be a special place. Whatever they have done at aloft, they managed to get it right: live music jam sessions, and Capuchin monkeys (!) - need I say more? The hotel is located in the heart of downtown, walking distance to the Colorado Convention Center and 16th Street Mall, which is convenient as you will find better breakfast options outside.