1) City Park
Make sure to take a stroll in City Park early in the morning—breathe in the crisp air and greet dog-walkers and fellow joggers while on the gravel trail that winds through the park. It features picnic spots, playgrounds, and lakeside trails. Within the park, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and temporary shows. Exotic reptiles and events draw families to nearby Denver Zoo and south of the park, East Colfax Avenue has cool cafes, retro-style bars, and the Bluebird Theater concert venue.
2) Purple Door Café
If you love a good cup of coffee, make sure to stop into the Purple Door Café. In addition to excellent customer service, it’s a great place for quick/ small breakfasts and lots of tea and coffee options as well as seating for working or meeting friends. It’s a cozy place on the corner that employs teens and young adults who have been homeless and want to leave homelessness behind. According to their website, the name comes the belief that purple is the color of royalty, and their belief that no matter a person’s station in life, they have an unsurpassable worth and value and each person deserves to be treated like royalty. Their mission: Purple Door Coffee hopes to be a place of not only employment but also restoration for those who want to reclaim life.
3) Acorn Denver~ Great place for client lunch, small plates for sharing
This is a hot spot and in addition to locals recommending it, some clients have wanted to get here and were impressed by the wide variety and selection on the lunch menu. We enjoyed sharing plates of sun-dried tomato dumplings, pimento cheese with dipping bread, shishito peppers, as well as ordering tall-stacked burgers, crisp salads, and unique dishes like monkfish. Acorn is located within the Source, a reclaimed 1880’s foundry turned new epicurean marketplace in Denver’s River North District.
4) Black Shirt Brewery
I checked out this brewery with some of my housemates I was staying with at a local Air BnB and there’s no better way to get to know someone you are sharing a space with than over a beer. This place was the perfect stop for the evening with a nice menu and good service, great recommendations on beer selections and they were helpful in offering flights for tasting the large variety of craft beers from porters to stouts, and everything in between. Black Shirt Brewing Co. is featured in "Crafting A Nation," a documentary that focuses on the state of the local and national craft beer scene. Located in the heart of the RiNo Art District neighborhood just north of downtown Denver, Black Shirt Brewing Co. strives to offer an experience that strikes a harmonious balance between music, crave-worthy pizza, and delicious craft beer.
5) Rhino Art District –Crush Walls
Find inspiration in the Rhino Art District murals; the Crush Walls are really one of the most creative and inspiring places in the city to visit. Walking along the streets and viewing the artwork is best done early mornings or in the evenings when the light is at it’s best. Make sure to swing into alleys to see the creative new works that have been added. A map is available on their website and it lists the artists and how you can connect with their work.
CRUSH WALLS mission – Creative Rituals Under Social Harmony – highlights many of Colorado’s street artists' unique social insight to murals stretching from Broadway (RiNo East) to 38th Street (RiNo West). The public artwork that stretches across 30 blocks of the standout open-air gallery that is RiNo Art District – a landmark increase from last year’s 10-block event, and for the first time reaching across the river to connect with Rhino West.
6) Scoot Tours Denver
Take a scooter tour with Vespa style scooter rental service and guided sightseeing tours across from the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. Denver Scooter Rental provides everything you need including scooter riding lessons, gas, liability insurance and suggestions of where to explore on our motor scooters. If you can ride a bicycle, you are 18 or older, and you have a valid Driver's License, you can easily train to ride. Renting a 50 cc moped is the perfect day trip activity for a group event, a visit to Denver, or just a fun afternoon.
7) Colorado State Capitol Tour
Check out this amazing piece of history when visiting Denver. The golden-domed Colorado State Capitol is one of the prominent features in the cities skyline. The Neoclassical building, which sits at the eastern end of Denver's Civic Center Park, serves as a sort of museum to Colorado history, and free tours of the capitol are offered Monday through Friday. The Colorado state capitol building sits at exactly one mile above sea level. On the western entrance’s 15th step you’ll notice the inscription “One Mile Above Sea Level. Originally, a brass cap was installed to commemorate this first measurement, but after the cap was stolen seven times in a matter of 38 years, the state carved the claim in to the stone step itself.
8) Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is not to be missed with a wide variety of prints, paintings, sculptures, and photographs from classic, traditional, and trend-setting artworks. It’s the sole venue for Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, showcasing more than 100 prints plus several drawings and paintings from Rembrandt van Rijn’s career spanning from 1625 to 1665. The museum frequently hosts special lectures by al leaders in their fields as well as classes for all levels and hosting creative programs.
9) Buckhorn Exchange
No trip to Denver is complete without stopping at this historic staple of western dining, Denver’s original steakhouse, The Buckhorn Exchange is located in the city’s oldest neighborhood, just 5-minutes from downtown Denver -- with a light-rail stop right across the street. This National Historic Landmark and Western Museum have been serving the finest in Old West fare since 1893.
Prime grade beef steaks, buffalo prime rib, elk, salmon, quail, game hen, and succulent baby-back pork ribs are just some of the marvelous offerings on the Buckhorn menu. Exotic appetizers such as alligator tail and buffalo sausage are available, and no dinner is complete without the house specialty, Rocky Mountain Oysters.
10) Union Station
Denver’s historic Union Station is an awesome place to meet in the morning for coffee or breakfast if you get there before 8 A.M. to beat the crowd. If you get to, check out Snooze, it’s the best breakfast place in town. https://snoozeeatery.com/
The present-day Union Station building consists mainly of two lower wing buildings flanking a larger central mass built during different parts of the station's history. The wing buildings were built with the first 1881 structure in a Romanesque Revival style, featuring tall, narrow windows, rusticated stonework, and motifs of Colorado's state flower, the columbine.
11) Red Rock Park / Amphitheater
Take in a concert at the one and only Red Rocks, a geologically formed, open-air amphitheater that is not duplicated anywhere in the world. The Amphitheatre consists of two, three hundred-foot monoliths (Ship Rock and Creation Rock) that provide acoustic perfection for any performance. Red Rocks Amphitheatre has become a popular site for runners and those looking for a challenging workout at 6,400 feet.
12) Denver Central Market
The Denver Central Market is a gourmet marketplace with a variety of local vendors, including a bakery, coffee shop, fish market, butcher, rotisserie, chocolate shop, ice cream, wood-fired pizza, salad, and sandwiches. Take home Denver’s finest selection of dry goods; from fresh bread to olive oil to spices.
13) Biju’s Little Curry Shop
Stop in for fast and friendly service where true southern style ingredients are combined with a little spice to give it a kick. Add some protein or keep it vegan, it’s your call, but we’ll make sure your visit is full of flavor.
14) Ace Eat Serve
If you find yourself in Denver and wanting to challenge your friends to some Ping-Pong, Ace Eat Serve is the place! It features three unique spaces, housed in the old Storz Garage space at the corner of 17th & Pennsylvania. Repurposed and recycled materials are used throughout the space to create the industrial design and a comfortable setting that compliments the history of the building. The great, energetic atmosphere for a fun time, bar seating, and casual dining gives this place a top rating for making sure everyone has a great time.
15) Denver convention center & Blue Bear
Don’t miss this 40-foot-high bear, which injects a welcome sense of fun and playfulness into the convention center experience, is the creation of local artist Lawrence Argent. “I See What You Mean,” AKA the giant blue bear sculpture peeking into the center’s lobby. It was installed in 2005 and has quickly become a bona fide Mile High City icon – and a can’t-miss photo op for tourists and locals alike.