Over the last 12 years, the Mile-High City has grown from a university town of cheap eats to a vast playground of great restaurants and neighborhoods. With its grand food halls, retro diners, breweries and farmer’s markets, Denver’s food scene constantly whets our appetite. There’s something here for everybody.

Our favorite food spots are: The Source, a hotel and market hall in the River North Arts District/RINO; the Dairy Block in downtown LoDo (home of 20 restaurants, shops, co-work space and boutique hotel, The Maven); and the cultural hub of the city, Union Station, site of world-class dining, shopping and the stunning Crawford Hotel. The architecture and interior design of this former train station built in 1881 has earned its name as the crown jewel of Denver.

We stopped to chat with local merchants to find out where they eat, sleep and play in their own backyard. Here’s what we recommend for 2022.


Clayton Hotel & Members Club

Halcyon, Cherry Creek

Hotel Teatro

Kimpton Hotel Monaco

Patterson Inn

The Crawford Hotel

The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block

The Ramble Hotel

The Ritz Carlton

The Source Hotel


W Hotel


Acorn - American

Bird - American

Fooducopia - Local farm to table

Lao Wang -potstickers

North Italia - Italian

Maria Empanada

Morning Collective

Rosethal’s - best bagel in Aurora

Star Kitchen -Dim Sum

Sushi Den - best Japanese

Not by our mama - cupcakes

Snooze - Diner

Steuban’s - American Diner


The Stanley


Matsuhisa - Japanese

Jerusalem Restaurant

Table 6

The Kitchen


Mercantile Dining and Provision

Park Burger

Sweet Cow

High Point Creamery

Hillstone - American

Zoe Mama - Chinese


Avanti F&B Denver

Dairy Block in LiDo

Denver Central Market on Lamar

Junction Food and Drink

Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, close to Denver Airport

The Source in RiNo

Union Station

Zeppelin Station at 38th / Blake Street



Broadway/ 1st

Downtown 16th Street

South Pearl Street

Union Station & 16th street


Catch a game

Red Rocks Park

Tour the City by Bike

Rocky Mountain National Park​

Visit the mountains

Drive 30 minutes to Boulder


Children's Museum of Denver

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Art Museum​

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Four Mile Historic Park