The Mile High City is a pedestrian-friendly urban playground packed with opportunities for adventure. Denver has it all – from hiking and biking to live music, art, theater, shopping and, of course, stellar food and drink. Be sure to stop for plenty of fuel, in the form of the memorable food and drink offered at Denver’s many culinary hot spots.
Denver Union Station – Denver’s elegant transit hub – is a foodie destination as well. New rail service from Denver International Airport brings visitors directly to the station. The historic building houses many restaurants and bars, including Mercantile Dining & Provision, a unique restaurant-market combination. The restaurant features upscale comfort food (don’t miss the house-made pasta), while the European-style market sells artisan-produced charcuterie, canned and preserved goods and many products from Chef Alex Seidel’s Fruition Farm.
Enjoy your dinner with a side of intrigue? You’ll have a story to tell after visiting Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox in the Lower Downtown Historic District. The former 19th-century brothel features local, sustainable ingredients in dishes like Carbonara Flatbread and the Brothel Burger.
Ophelia’s sister restaurant, Linger, is housed in a former mortuary and features globally inspired dishes from Africa, Asia and the Americas. Or, head to Acorn, a culinary marketplace (an 1880s iron foundry) in the River North neighborhood, known as RiNo. Acorn features an oak-fired grill, seasonal menus and mountain views.
Denver’s Larimer Square, a bustling hub of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs, was the city’s first block, founded even before Colorado became a territory. Now, as the city’s farm-to-table epicenter, Larimer Square buzzes with outdoor dining and a twinkling canopy of lights. Rioja, headed by James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski, puts a Mediterranean spin on farm-to-table. The restaurant’s outdoor dining area is the perfect spot to have a drink and enjoy inventive dishes such as rabbit flatbread, house-made octopus farfalle or grilled Colorado lamb loin.
Craft beer lovers will be in heaven in Denver. This self-guided Denver Beer Trail features more than 20 breweries, as well as dozens of brewpubs and tap rooms. Sip sour beers at the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in The Source, soak up sun on Denver Beer Co.’s giant patio or sip a pint while playing billiards at Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver’s first microbrewery.
Denver is within one flight of all major USA gateway cities on both the east and west coasts. Non-stop air service to Denver International Airport is available from the following cities: Frankfurt, Munich (Lufthansa), Tokyo (United Airlines), Reykjavik (Icelandair), London (British Airways), and Mexico City (AeroMexico & Volaris).
This story was published as part of a partnership with Marriott Traveler. Read the original story: 4 Keys to Seeing Denver Like a Foodie by Samantha Crespo, a regular contributor to Marriott Traveler.