Denver's Best Coffee Spots
What originally started as a fun joke on my Instagram quickly turned into a personal challenge. In between eating my way through the Mile High City, I also ended up checking out four of Denver’s hottest coffee spots. While in no way a complete list of all of the amazing spots there are to grab a latte or read a book in the city, I hope my list of the best Denver coffee spots can help you find a bit of rest during your next trip into the city.
Lula Rose General Store | 3434 E Colfax
The neighborhood’s around Colfax are worth checking out by themselves, but if you’re looking for another excuse to swing by the area, head to Lula Rose General Store. This charming, yet intimate, local coffee shop pays homage to its previous use as a floral shop, and is bursting with fresh cut flowers throughout the store. This isn’t your typical coffee shop though. Lula Rose doesn’t offer WiFi, and has minimal food offerings, but don’t let that scare you from spending a few hours here.
Their chai latte hit all the right notes - the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. Whatever you’re drinking, make sure to try it with Lula Rose’s homemade cashew milk. One of my least favorite things about milk alternatives is how, well, nutty they often tasty. However, this cashew milk lets the drink stand out as the star, and I’m not complaining.
Delight Discovered: This isn’t really a tip, but the banter between the three barista’s when I stopped in was an enjoyable treat, and will definitely make you forget there isn’t any WiFi to distract yourself.
Little Owl Coffee | 1555 Blake Street
Conveniently close to Larimer Square, Tattered Books and other quintessential downtown Denver spots, Little Owl is the perfect place to swing by and people watch. Located in the historic Sugar Cube building, which has a small gallery that’s worth checking out in the lobby of the building, Little Owl is a great bean-to-mug coffee shop, with its single-origin coffee, knowledge and friendly staff and great ambience. It was also named one of the best coffee shops in America a few years ago, and if you needed another reason to stop by, their covered patio looks incredibly inviting to sit outside during those dry Denver afternoons.
Black Eye Coffee | 3408 Navajo Street
Don’t be fooled by Black Eye Coffee’s name. This was one of the friendliest spots I visited during my time in Denver. Black Eye is primarily communal seating, although if your a lone wolf, you could probably snag one of the few standalone tables.
Would I be lying if I said I only went here for the incredible Golden Hour aesthetics? Exposed brick walls, rustic refurbished wood and ivory window pane wall decor are all part of Black Eye’s charm. It also doesn’t hurt that their cortado was excellent (although this was my fifth cup of coffee that day, so it ended up not being the wisest cup of coffee I’ve had).
Huckleberry Roasters | 4301 Pecos Street
After breakfast at Sunny’s, walk off your pancakes and head to Huckleberry Roasters. Throughout my journey around Denver, I noticed the city does a great job of keeping and repurposing existing buildings. Part of Huckleberry’s aesthetic charm are its bright, garage style windows and concrete floors. It’s the perfect mix of industrial meets Urban Outfitters that’s incredibly popular right now. Like Sunny’s, Huckleberry is truly a neighborhood watering hole, so expect to hear friendly shouts and accidental run-ins by old high school friends. Like its name implies, Huckleberry also roasts its own coffee, which is incredibly full-bodied and conveniently sold in-store for you to take back home with you.
Did I miss any of your favorite Denver coffee spots? Let me know! I may be back in town for work in a few months so I can add to my Denver eats and treats list. Make sure to tag your travel pictures with #delightdiscovered!